Published on March 11th, 2013 | by Julie Finn3
How-to: Make a DIY Restaurant Review Log Using the Eco-Friendly Materials from Full Circle Crafts (and a Giveaway!)
3. Create labels. I used my mad lettering skillz (NOT!) to label each category on the recycled chipboard with a Sharpie, then gave the chipboard to my kids to decorate with liquid watercolors and eyedroppers. The kiddos were thrilled to discover that this recycled chipboard works amazingly well with watercolors; if you’ve ever used watercolors on a coffee filter, you’ll recognize the effect that they were able to achieve here.
For the cover labels, the kids painted on their hemp watercolor paper, which, when dried, was plenty sturdy enough for me to tear into strips, write the title on, and glue to the snap book’s cover.
4. Write the cards. Using InDesign, my partner created a playing card-sized restaurant info template, on which I recorded each restaurant’s name, the mealtimes that it serves, its address, and its hours. I created spaces to record the date that we ate at each restaurant, what each person had, and our overall verdict, all ready to be written in at the restaurant or later at home. I made 30 cards, to match the number of playing cards in the incomplete deck that I used, but most playing cards are a standard size, so I can easily create more cards later.
I printed the cards out on my laser printer, then cut them out and used the natural glue to adhere each card to one of the playing cards. This made them really sturdy, so they can be handled a lot, shoved into and pulled out of their pockets, and perhaps even shuffled, if we’re having exceptional trouble making a pick.
5. More decoration? Yes, please! We glued extra painted chipboard and watercolor paper randomly across the pages just to add a little more happy chaos, and yep, some of that watercolor had glitter in it!
Our restaurant book is making it really easy to try new local restaurants. With all the restaurant’s info on its card, we don’t have to wonder if a particular restaurant that we want to try is open yet, or if it serves lunch. The cardboard pages of the board book stand up to a lot of abuse, and the fact that it snaps shut lets me easily bring it along on outings, so that we can try a new ice cream place on the fly, if we wish.
And I CANNOT emphasize enough how important a fun, interactive book is, especially one that the kids helped make, in convincing them that yes, some place other than the Chinese buffet is an acceptable restaurant choice, too. Strangely enough, there aren’t any Chinese buffets listed on these particular cards. Hmmm…..
Come back tomorrow, because not only did Full Circle Crafts give US some fun, eco-friendly supplies to craft with, but they’re going to give two of YOU some fun, eco-friendly supplies, too!