I finished up this pretty spring door decoration at the library on Saturday. I got the idea when I was browsing pinterest and saw a bunch of butterfly/rainbow bulletin boards. For some reason, in my mind, I pictured this amazing rainbow of book covers cascading down like a lovely river into the clouds. I also thought about having them spill into a big pot of books a la the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, but I liked this better. Maybe next year!

When I started, I was using larger print outs of the book covers and it was really hard to get them to fit into the rainbow, so I hated it when I first started. Then I made the covers smaller and it all just came together. I could not love this board more and I’m trying to think of how to get it off the door and take it home with me when I make a new one, haha!

I really like dimensionality, so at first I was going to use some batting or fiberfill to add texture to the clouds. Then I thought of a sun peeking out between them and decided to do a little paper engineering. That sounds way fancier than it is. All I did was cut out multiple clouds and multiple suns and then used either accordion folded strips of paper or paper tubes with notches cut into the ends and folded back, that I attached to both clouds (or suns) to make them pop-up. If you don’t know how to do this, here’s a quick how-to:

Take a strip of paper that is about an inch wider than you want your pop-up to be tall.

Take a strip of paper that is about an inch wider than you want your pop-up to be tall.

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Roll it into a tube and tape the edge.

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Make 4 half inch snips at the top edge of the tube. Space them out so that you are left with 4 tabs that are about equal size. Fold them down.

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Do the same thing to the other end of the tube. It’s okay if it looks a bit wonky like this – it will still be stable and it isn’t visible when you’re done.

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Tape the tabs on the bottom to one of your pop-up pieces. In my door, this might be one of my clouds or the sun. Now, put tape on the underside of the tabs at the top of the tube and put the second pop-up (cloud) on top of this. Using one hand underneath the taped tabs and one hand on top of the cloud, gently smooth it down so that the tape adheres. Depending on the size of your pop-up, you may need to use multiple paper tubes. I hope this makes sense – feel free to ask if you don’t understand what I mean!

Easy peasy! It was really finding, printing, cutting out, and taping down all of those book covers that made this board time consuming. Totally worth the effort, though!

These are the other doors I’ve done since I started my job. Like I said, I really like dimensionality!

Christmas Tree library door decoration - Reading Makes You Bright!   Snowman library door decoration - Chill Out With a Good Book!