Things to Do With a Really Broken Book: Camp NaNoWriMo Day 22

Camp NaNoWriMo Day 22!

After working for years in a library, I’m no longer surprised by how much damage a library book can rack up. I’ve seen it all – melted gummy bears, pages that became a puppy chew toy, a soft taco used as a bookmark. But the life of a book doesn’t have to be over once the volume is damaged.

Things you can do with a ripped-up book:

  • Use the pages to make some origami roses. Who knows, they could even become centerpieces at the next book-themed wedding!
  • Try your hand at some DIY paper mache. You know you’ve always wanted to try.
  • Shred it up and use it in lieu of tissues paper in gift bags for all your book nerd friends.
  • Make one of those fanned-out book pumpkins you see online. Really not as hard as they look, and hey, this Halloween your jack-o’-lantern could last forever.
  • Or, if you’re like me, use the random torn pages for some pretty photo ops!

With more time spent at home over the past few months, I’m trying to find ways to stay creative. Any unusual uses for book pages that I’ve missed?

Today’s haiku:

Found you in the wind
The moment after floating...
Sentences set free

Magnets Write Poetry Too: Camp NaNoWriMo Day 21

Camp NaNoWriMo Day 21!

Have you seen the magnetic poetry kits where you get a whole bunch of words and you move them around until they make poetry? Usually the result is somewhat silly, but you can end up with some surprisingly thought-provoking stuff, too.

I think magnetic poetry tiles are useful tools to fidget with. Maybe not so much if you know you want to say exactly “through the hazy drops of spring” and the closest magnets you can find create the phrase “though the lazy drop spring…” But if you don’t know what to say, the words are right in front of you. And they create some combinations you never would have thought of.

That’s all for today – have a magnetic haiku!

Today’s haiku:

between whispered dream s
imagine a rock garden
watch the wind wander