Thursday, April 7, 2016

Birch Bark Pencil Holder with Amanda Flower

Amanda Flower tells us how to make Birch Bark pencil holders in honor of her new cozy mystery, Crime & Poetry. And she gets a little help from Tummy and Cheeps. Don't forget to check out our review of Crime & Poetry and to enter to win a pencil bag signed by Amanda.

In the Magical Bookshop Mystery Series, my protagonist solves murders with the help of the books in her grandmother’s magical bookshop. I can’t give the secret away as to how the magic works, but I will say that a birch tree, which has grown in the middle of the shop for last two hundred years, plays a major role in the magic. In the last year since I began researching and writing Crime and Poetry, the first novel in the series, I have become obsessed with birch trees. I will buy almost anything with a birch tree on it, so I can’t think of a better craft to share than one that features the bark from the trees I have come to love. And I did have little help from my feline editors Cheeps and Tummy. The end result is almost like magic! Enjoy!

Clean and empty soup or vegetable can
Birch bark ribbon (can be found at most craft stores in the floral department)
Hot glue gun
Any embellishments for decoration
Feline crafting assistants (optional)

Cut a length of birch bark ribbon that is long enough to wrap all the way around the can with at least an inch overlap

Hot glue the ribbon around the can.

Repeat Step One and Two if you have a can that is taller than the width of the ribbon.

STEP FOUR (optional step)
Hot glue any embellishments onto the can that you want to add.

Enjoy! The decorated holder can be used to house pencils and pens, flowers, or even a small plant.

Amanda Flower, a multiple Agatha-nominated mystery author, started her writing career in elementary school when she read a story she wrote to her sixth grade class and had the class in stitches with her description of being stuck on the top of a Ferris wheel. She knew at that moment she’d found her calling of making people laugh with her words. Amanda is a librarian in Northeast Ohio. She also writes as USA Today Bestselling Author Isabella Alan. Her next release it CRIME AND POETRY coming April 5, 2016. or Facebook

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