I {Heart} Hot Glue Gun Projects

Thanks to Hooked on Houses for hosting Hooked on Fridays and Fifi Flowers for hosting Fashionable Friday.

Dust covers are such a great source of art, so I came up with a couple of projects to recycle these covers.  

How could I get rid of this awesome art?

How could I get rid of this awesome art?

We love Ian Falconer’s Olivia books.  One of Miss Petrie’s friends is such a little Olivia!  I made some presents for her upcoming birthday.

I hot-glued this book cover to a flat canvas.  The back of the dust cover had the drum image, which I cut out and glued on.  I personalized the middle of the drum with our little friend’s name.  Ribbon was used to frame the picture.  I added a clothespin to the top of the flat canvas (covered in ribbon to make it coordinate).  The pin could hold a picture or a note.


The side flaps of the cover had some great images I could add on to this project.  I used my tag maker to give these small images a finished and more substantial look.


"What is Olivia working on now?"

While I had the hot glue gun at the ready, along with some bright, fun ribbon, I decided to gussy up some alligator clips and wooden clothespins.


A bag of these alligator clips is very inexpensive.

A bag of these alligator clips is very inexpensive.


A few cents worth of ribbon and these clips look like a million bucks!

A few cents worth of ribbon and these clips look like a million bucks!


Wood Clothes Pins

Wooden Clothespins

What are your ideas for using cool looking dust covers?  They abound at Casa Petrie and I’m sure you crafty folks have probably made or seen cool uses for them.  

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the other blog party participants!

This entry was posted on Thursday, April 16th, 2009 at 8:31 pm and is filed under child, crafts, Fashionable Fridays, gifts, Hooked on Fridays.

16 Responses to “I {Heart} Hot Glue Gun Projects”

  1. Holly Says:

    What great ideas! I always feel like I should save dust covers (cuz you know, in fifty years the book will be worth more if it has the original dust cover), but then they end up crumpled up in the bottom of some box somewhere.

  2. Petunia Says:

    What a fun and creative project! Thanks for sharing. :)

  3. Kristin Says:

    Oh My Goodness, you are genius! I have never thought about using the dust covers for anything.

    I just read that you live in ABQ. Say Hi for me. I went to school there at UNM. Nice to meet you!

  4. katie Says:

    So all you did was cover your clothes pins with ribbon??!! They look amazing! I can’t wait to try it out…TODAY!

  5. Amanda Eck Says:

    We have all the exact same books- thanks for the idea! they look great

  6. Christine Says:

    I love the clothspins! Great ideas!

  7. the BLAH BLAH BLAHger Says:

    Those clips and clothespins are AWESOME! I wish I would have done something like the clothespins for the babyshower I threw recently. Great ideas!!!

  8. Misti of Studio M Designs Says:

    What a great idea! I have a hard time removing my dust jackets, I love them, unless they don’t match my decor- then they go.

    BTW- Your blog layout is the coolest I have ever seen! How did you come up with the notebook idea? I am one of those people that gets all excited when I land a new spiral notebook and a brand new pack of pencils…weird? I DON’T THINK SO. : )


  9. Fifi Flowers Says:

    Ooooh how creative YOU are!!! Thanks for sharing!

  10. sandra Says:

    Very cute things. I think my teenage daughter would like those clips.

    And…I love your thrift store finds. I’m getting off work early and was hoping I could stop by the thrift store on my way home.

    Also enjoyed seeing the cake mix cookies. We make those and put mint chocolate chip icecream in the middle. BUT…I like you decorated the cookies. Very cute.

    Have a great day.

  11. Cherie Says:

    I love the idea of recycling book covers (they are Art!!) into something cute.
    The clothespins are absolutely adorable!!

  12. Puna Says:

    I used a hot glue gun on my daughter’s history fair project and got it all over the place. I thought I would die when I got it on my hardwood floor. But you know, when you have a family and pets, it’s hard not have your home be “well worn”.

  13. Puna Says:

    And I love you blog design!

  14. Chari Says:


    Just wanted to stop by and say thank you for coming by yesterday and taking a peek at my new thrift store pitchers! Oooh…and I see that you found some treasures from the thrift store as well (from yesterday’s post) I love that egg wreath…I was hoping to find one this Easter and never did…great find, my friend!!!

    Ohhh my, I can certainly see that you are a very creative and talented lady! I love how you used those darling book covers …the one that you made for a gift on the canvas…soooo cute!!! What a grand idea…I’ve never thought of doing that!!! I also love your little ribbon covered pins…what a great way to color coordinate with things…love that idea!!!

    I’m so glad that I stopped by…so very nice to meet you!
    Warmest wishes,

  15. DesignTies Says:

    All three of your craft ideas are so creative :-) It never occurred to me to re-use dust covers. I suppose you could do the same thing with greeting cards that have beautiful pictures :-)

    Kelly @ DesignTies

  16. Amy Larrabee Says:

    This project is so adorable! If they hadn’t written the Olivia books before Charlie was born, I would have to say that they were writing about her! Did you know that Olivia is her very favorite?! You’re so awsome!

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