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Book Basket Pennant Banner

by Amy Bowerman

Hello there!  I’m back with another fun baby shower creation.  A new trend these days is to have baby shower guests bring a favorite children’s book to fill a book basket at the shower.  We did this for my baby shower and really helped to jump-start my son’s book collection.  I have read to him since before he was even born and our story time is and always will be my favorite time of the day.

For my sister’s baby shower we plan to have a book basket as well.  She had asked me to create something for the book basket so people would know where to put the books.  She also asked me to make a pennant banner as a decoration for the shower so I decided to put the two together and make a book basket pennant banner (say that ten times fast!).  This project came at the perfect time since the first challenge at LESSology is to alter a book.

Book basket pennant banner

Let’s read a story

Until now I had yet to alter a book.  Although I have an extensive children’s book collection in my studio; which I use often for altered projects.  I have so far, only used either the covers, pages, or images cut out of the books…does that count as an altered book?   Anyway,  with a fresh idea in mind I set out to the local thrift shop to scout out the perfect book to alter.  I must say I made out like a bandit!  I scored not one but two books to use for the altered book challenge.  I also found some great books for my son, and some for myself.  Who’s the proud owner of a vintage Strawberry Shortcake pop up book…this girl!!!

altered book

Out with the old….

This is the book I chose to alter.  I wanted to alter a board book for the simple fact that it would save me the trouble of having to use chipboard for the pennant banner.  I ALWAYS use chipboard for pennant banners….even my templates are made of chipboard.  It’s all about durability!  This book was a little beat up around the edges but had some great vintage images on the inside…after checking the copyright date (I always have to know when a book was published…I’m an aspiring children’s book author myself) I realized that this book was published the year my sis was born!  Talk about meant to be!!  Why does the kitten look so quizzical you ask?  Because she’s about to get some serious reconstructive surgery!  “Nurse…scalpel…I mean Tonic Scissors…”

altered book pennant banner

In with the new!

Using the chipboard template I cut pennants from the pages of the book.  It took a few tries to get the images the way I wanted them…hence the pencil.  When I was satisfied I cut them out with my Fiskars guillotine cutter (love that thing!!).  I found a second book at the thrift store that would have been great to add to my sisters book basket but unfortunately a name had been written in it so there was no way I could give it as a gift.  Not to worry, I found the perfect way to salvage it.

altered book

Another Book to alter

I cut out part of the text from the book and used Kraft paper to make a reversible pennant banner!  Why alter just one book when you can alter two!  The text was perfect…I wished I could have used it all.  I really love this Author too.  I had already ordered one of her other books for my sis…”Welcome Little One” when I found this.  “Welcome Little One” is a really great book for a new Mom…sure to bring a tear to her eye…heck it brought a tear to mine when I read it.

altered book pennant banner

Cut outs and Kraft paper

After cutting, distressing, and inking with Distress Inks this is the finished product….of one side

altered book pennant banner

Twinkle, Twinkle…

For the second side I used Distress Stains to color the chipboard letters.  This was the first time I got to play with my new Distress Stains…courtesy of Inspiration Emporium.  I used the gift certificate I won for my Tree Collage to purchase them…and oh what a fabulous prize they are!!

I layered Picket Fence Distress stain and Vintage Photo to achieve a nice muted brown.  I tried it with the Picket Fence on top and it just didn’t work for me….IMHO I think Picket Fence Distress Stain works best when layered underneath other colors.

altered book pennant banner for book basket


I have a funny story to share about this part of the pennant banner.  I thought I had checked my work thoroughly and was sure that there would be no issues with having the letters on the right pennant….until I raised it up to show DH who had just walked into my studio to say hello.  I asked him what he thought and he looked at my project with a furrowed brow before he replied, “Who is Skoob?”

Yup…I put the letters on backwards!  I would have posted this project yesterday but wound up spending the better part of my evening melting the glue off the chipboard and attempting to remove it with a heated xacto knife (This can be done ever so carefully)

altered book pennant banner

Peek-a-boo…I see you

Here’s a close up of a pennant that received minor “letter” surgery…no worse for the wear.  I chose this page of the book because it had that cute little lady bug cleaning house under a lettuce leaf.  There was a frog playing the banjo too but I ran out of room so I shall save him for another day.

altered clothespin

Altered clothespins Before

I had these clothespins in my stash…and once again my squirreling away of things has paid off!

altered clothespin after

Altered clothespins After

The clothespins were painted with white acrylic and then a bit of brown on the clothes pin part.  It took me forever to figure out how to add the distress stain evenly to the clothespins but I finally came to the conclusion that by dabbing some on a craft sheet and using a wet paint brush it could be painted on.  Gives the pins a nice aged wood effect.

The stars were edged with Brushed corduroy Distress Ink.  I added the Elephants from Hero Arts which I stamped on vintage lined paper, mounted on grunge paper as a final touch.  You will be seeing a lot more of these guys.  I will have a lot more Elephant Baby Shower creations to share in the next couple weeks!

Thanks for stopping by today I appreciate you taking the time.

Hope you have a chance to curl up with a good book today!



{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Julie Tucker-Wolek September 19, 2011 at 11:21 pm

I loveeeeeeeeeeeeeee what you did with those books!! WOW!!! GORGEOUS! Thanks soooooooooooooo much for playing along with LESSology! :):):):):):):):):):):)


2 lynn September 16, 2011 at 7:51 am

this is one amazing project!–love it!


3 ~amy~ September 13, 2011 at 7:40 am

Well, what a great way to upcycle a book…I adore the pennant….and what an excellent baby shower idea! Thanks soooo much for playing with us at LESSology!


4 Audrey Pettit September 12, 2011 at 8:40 am

Oh, LOVE! I absolutely LOVE this adorable altered book pennant project you created, Amy! So, so sweet for your sister’s baby shower! Love how you recycled the old books and love the altered clothespins, too.
So glad you joined us for our first LESSology challenge, my friend!


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