Since you are here on The Mixed-Up Files, it’s safe to say that you are a book lover like me.  Book related crafts can be great gifts or be a fun way to personalize your own collection. Every now and then, I make a little gift for my favorite librarian and leave it on her desk. She thinks there’s a library pixie, but actually it’s just me, M.G.

Click on the links below for great book-related craft and gift ideas. If you have a craft activity for you or your favorite bibliophile (that’s a fancy word for book-lover), tell us about it so others can try it out!


When you’re handed lemons…

…make smoothies!  Mixed-Up Files author Diana Greenwood shares some kid-inspired smoothie concoctions the whole family with love!

…create some lemon science!  Mixed-up Author Lill Pluta shares some great ideas to experiment with those extra lemons!

…have a party!  Mixed-Up Author Diana Greenwood shares ideas for a summer lemonade party!


GREEN-THEMED CRAFTS: Check out this great link with loads of ideas for crafts using recycled materials. Green is busting out all over. For more spring-themed fun, try this origami activity and create your own blooms while waiting for those in your neighborhood to sprout.



Never forget that books make great gifts.  Consider giving classroom teachers a gift card to your favorite bookstore or donating a book in your child’s name to your child’s school library. Bookmarks can be fun and personal stocking stuffers along with a favorite book. A nice pen set and personalized journal can be a special treat for your up-and-coming author. A book on writing, like Bird by Bird or Stephen King’s On Writing can inspire your favorite adult writer. Here are a few new craft ideas for kids and parents alike. Don’t forget to check out the previous craft suggestions at the bottom of this page for more gift ideas with a personal touch.

Help maintain long-distance relationships with the encylopedia of cousins:

Start a new tradition with a family comic book with super heroes you know and love:

Make a fun and edible spelling game:

Welcome your guests and make a keepsake of your visits with this guest book:


Book-Themed Crafts

Fun-to-browse site with dozens of craft ideas arranged by age, by category, and by materials needed. Easy-follow, printable directions:


Slip-over-the-corner page marker:

Magnetic placeholder:

Traditional tasseled bookmarks:

Ribbon “inchworm”:

Printable designs:

Recycled project:

Fancy beaded bookmark:

Origami pencil-shaped bookmarks:

Book Covers

Felt book “blankets”:

Paper covers, with ideas for customizing:

Artistic stenciled paper covers:


Purse style with handle:

Bandana-covered notebook:

Denim diary:

Pencil Toppers and Cases

Beaded, felt and colored-paper toppers:

“Friendship” pens (yarn-wrapped with tassels):

Ideas for personalizing vinyl pencil cases:

Harry Potter-inspired wizard’s broom topper:

Turn your pencil into a wizard’s wand:

Other Fun Crafts

Make a cartoon flip-book:

Create your own mini-book: