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Crafting with Dudes: Back to School

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Decorating with all sorts of good stuff

1 Decorating with all sorts of good stuff

Steve is cutting his paper bag to scale

2 Steve is cutting his paper bag to scale

Fold top/bottom of the bag down to fit the edges of the book

3 Fold top/bottom of the bag down to fit the edges of the book

Lino making sure he has nice, crisp folds on his paper bag cover

4 Lino making sure he has nice, crisp folds on his paper bag cover

Alas, we can cover the front of the book

5 Alas, we can cover the front of the book

Slip the book right into the pockets

6 Slip the book right into the pockets

Lino's book is protected inside and out

7 Lino's book is protected inside and out

Tada!

8 Tada!

Steve is a big sports fan and adds his personalitiy to his cover

9 Steve is a big sports fan and adds his personalitiy to his cover

Lino stamps out his name

10 Lino stamps out his name

More of Steve's decorations

11 More of Steve's decorations

Lino also decides to amp up his cover with some stickers

12 Lino also decides to amp up his cover with some stickers

Lino, Terri, Maura and Steve with the final products!

13 Lino, Terri, Maura and Steve with the final products!

Peek-a-boo (We still see you, Lino and Steve!)

14 Peek-a-boo (We still see you, Lino and Steve!)

Crafting with dudes is a success!

15 Crafting with dudes is a success!

Fitness Expert Ellen Barrett checking out the crafts

16 Fitness Expert Ellen Barrett checking out the crafts

Back to school is fun, but it’s certainly not free.  If you’re maxed out on school supplies, here’s a way for dudes, young or old, to save money and make a personalized book cover, without making a mess!

Steve Gonzalez, technical producer for “Whole Living,” and Lino Rulli, host of the “Catholic Guy” on SiriusXM 129 and author of the newly released, “Sinner: The Catholic Guy’s Funny, Feeble Attempts to Be a Faithful Catholic,” joined Maura Madden, Crafting expert and author of “Crafternoon,” to learn how to cover books the good old fashioned way - with a paper shopping bag.  Giving a paper shopping bag a second life is a fun and easy way to add your own flair to a textbook.  You can use this same method to cover your favorite cookbooks, photo albums or any other books you want to keep free of spills and splatters. 

Follow these simple instructions to cover your own books at home and pick up some of your favorite supplies from a craft store.  Need some inspiration?  We love the Martha Stewart collection at Michael’s with tons of items from stamps to stencils, you can reuse these tools for your next craft project and many years to come.  And, if you're looking for ways to reuse your new supplies and use up some more paper bags, check out more ideas straight from our crafts department!

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