Here is a fun holiday project I did with my family over the Christmas holidays.
It's a 'Little Free Library', now positioned outside our house for the entire neighbourhood to enjoy. It has been active for about nine weeks now and has proven to be a huge success, our neighbours love it and so do we !.
The books have been changing daily and the quality of literature has been impressive.
This is how it came to be:
First we found an old cabinet that wasn't getting much use and needed a bit of love. It had character, charm, lovely wood and was exactly the right size. I knew it had a higher purpose in life, so with permission from it's previous owner we began it's conversion.
I came up with the design and my husband built the basic structure for me. I wanted the roof to look like an open book. We removed the top draw and shelf, and we discarded the door. I wanted a clear door so that people could see the books inside. I needed the top shelf to have height to accommodate picture books.
I used some No Gap filler and after a lot of sanding I painted it with few layers of undercoat until it was feeling smooth and weather resistant.
I painted the roof (book cover) the same colour as our front gates so it would match our house. I left the natural wood on the sides and gave them a few layers of clear varnish. The inside I painted white because I wanted it to feel bright, clean and inviting, and I wanted the books to stand out.
Here is my super husband attaching it to steel posts and positioning it in the rock garden.
Next I made up a flyer inviting people to use our LFL, and explaining how it works. My girls and I walked the neighbourhood posting one in every letterbox. I think it was very important to send out an invite, it helped people accept and understand the LFL, and made them feel comfortable and excited to use it.
We labelled all the books that we donated to stock the library. I did this to encourage and remind people to return them. I included my name so people know who is hosting the library and they are able to leave me feedback if they want to.
And there you have it !. It's was a great holiday project. It encourages good community spirit and is spreading my love of books and literature, and it's free !.
If you would like to start up a Little Free Library in your neighbourhood just visit www.littlefreelibrary.org
Or perhaps you would just like to view their photo gallery featuring all the creative Little Free Library's around the world. There are currently about 12,000 of them world wide, and they come in all forms, shapes and sizes.
I hear there is even a Little Free Library coffee table book currently in production, and ours might be featured in it, I will keep you posted on that one.
Happy Reading !
Don't forget to enter the competition on my previous blog post, there are still 3 days to go !.