Craftivism restaurant review log tutorial (9 of 13)

Published on March 11th, 2013 | by Julie Finn


How-to: Make a DIY Restaurant Review Log Using the Eco-Friendly Materials from Full Circle Crafts (and a Giveaway!)

restaurant review log tutorial (9 of 13) Need some encouragement to try out more local, independent restaurants? To get us out of our same Mexican restaurant/same pizza place/same frozen yogurt shop jag, I had my kids help me create a travel-ready book in which we can store info for a ton of local restaurants that we want to try, as well as record when we ate there, what we ate, and how we liked it.

With pockets for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Treat, and more (including, ahem, Buffet), choosing a new restaurant to try is as simple as picking a card.

I’ll show you how we made our restaurant book using the eco-friendly supplies given to us by Full Circle Crafts, and–best yet–tell you how you can enter a giveaway to win even more Full Circle Crafts supplies:

Our restaurant book has pockets that hold cards containing the info for new restaurants to try.

Our restaurant book has pockets that hold cards containing the info for new restaurants to try.

To make our restaurant review log, we used the following supplies:

restaurant review log tutorial (1 of 13)1. Add background embellishments to your book. To give the book some color, I let the kids at it with the acrylics. These eco-friendly acrylics have low or no VOCs, so they’re fine to use indoors on this rainy day, and they dry really quickly, so the kids had the front and back covers and every inside page completely painted by the end of a single day.

2. Add pockets. Using watercolors and my special Faber-Castell Pitt pens (I REALLY need to buy them their own set!), the kids decorated each library pocket. The pockets were intended to represent the various categories–Take-Out, Breakfast, etc.–but most of the pockets seem to contain pictures of pizza. And dinosaurs.

We glued one pocket to each page using the natural glue. I was prepared to use hot glue or Aleene’s for this, since each pocket will need to hold the weight of several embellished playing cards, but this natural glue is really sticky, and worked for everything in the book.

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I'm a writer, crafter, Zombie Preparedness Planner, and homeschooling momma of two kids who will hopefully someday transition into using their genius for good, not the evil machinations and mess-making in which they currently indulge. I'm interested in recycling and nature crafts, food security, STEM education, and the DIY lifestyle, however it's manifested--making myself some underwear out of T-shirts? Done it. Teaching myself guitar? Doing it right now. Visit my blog Craft Knife for a peek at our very weird handmade homeschool life; my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties; and my for links to articles about poverty, educational politics, and this famous cat who lives in my neighborhood.

3 Responses to How-to: Make a DIY Restaurant Review Log Using the Eco-Friendly Materials from Full Circle Crafts (and a Giveaway!)

  1. This looks phenomenal, Julie! What a great idea…
    Thank you,

  2. Tina says:

    That’s a great idea! We have 2 or 3 restaurants that we go to regularly, all are pretty local, but we need to branch out a bit. This would probably help with that.


    • Julie Finn says:

      It’s made a world of difference for us. For some reason, the cards are really encouraging my kiddos to pick new restaurants, although they do still want to order the same kind of thing at every restaurant. I guess they’re going to compare the beef nachos at every Mexican restaurant in town!

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