Thursday, September 12, 2013

Library Decorations

As a Intermediate School Librarian (5th & 6th graders), I am constantly trying to get kids into the library to read and check out books. At this level they still have a weekly library period, but after the kids are there once a week, they rarely come back. I would love for the library to be a busy place all day. So I am trying to make the library a little more homey. I bought some small frames in the dollar bin at Michael's and spray painted them with a brush nickel finish. Then I added stamped images to the center of each frame. For September I chose apples and owls with greens, yellowy golds, & reds. Next month I will take these out, save them for next year, and put something new in for October.

I also created an 8 1/2 x 11 background piece for this frame. I stamped a number of different images and text on the lined patterned paper (old paper from Scenic Route) with Walnut Stain and Antique Linen Distress Ink. I place the piece behind the glass in the frame. This makes a nice dry erase background. This is where students can check to see what books are new in the library. 

I also created a tag that I attached along the bottom with white tulle. Lots of Distress Ink and Perfect Pearl on this tag. It will change for next month as well & I will put this tag away until next year.

I am plan to continue adding little home like touches to the library as the years progress. I am always looking for new things to add for either seasonal or long term decor. 

If you have specific questions about the pieces I created please ask in the comment section and I will respond.


  1. I would love to spend time in your library, Olivia! Sweet touches that I'm sure will entice your students to drop in more often. Boy, those dollar bin frames look fantastic!

  2. Wow, such neat and clever ideas you are implementing into the school library! I need to get Librarian of the Year! :)

  3. I meant to say, YOU need to be Librarian of the Year! lol! Certainly not "me"!

  4. Love your ideas Olivia. Those frames are gorgeous x