Library Card frame

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This little library card frame isn’t something you can really carry with you to school.
That would look weird.
But…reading and libraries go hand in hand with school.

Serious now… if you want to raise curious, imaginative, and intelligent kids they need to be readers!!
I’m not joking. Gasp…I know!
Hear me now—make your home a reading home!!
And for gosh sakes use your local library to help!!

I’ve been taking my kids to the library since…well, before they were born.
They’ve been raised going regularly.
I volunteered BEFORE I was paid staff. And I volunteer even AFTER I left that position.
It’s important to me.
My kids would check out their books on my card when they were small.
And they always wanted their own “credit card” to “pay” for their books.
But, I made a rule. They had to learn to read first.

My kids learned to read well before 5 years so when the day of their 5th birthday(the age for a card) we headed up to the library and got their first library card. And celebrated with icecream and books!

And I kept that first library card. And framed it…


Look at that signature…oh so cute. Isn’t that special.

Here is the quick rundown so you can have your own…


1. Gather a frame…



2. Using ModPodge cover the frame with your child’s favorite book.

You probably don’t want to use one they are actually reading. They might not like that!
Levi learned how to read with Dr. Seuss, they are special to us.



3. Use hot glue to add ribbon to your edges.

(I also added a pretty bow to the front.)



4. Hot glue the library card to cardstock.

I added lettering to say I can READ to mine…for fun.


Then, just put that card where your picture should be. You’re done.


This sweet frame sits in my living room. On my children’s desk. Oh, I didn’t show you that?
Here you go…


library card frame


I found that little desk for $6 at an auction. Some chalkboard paint and a quick coat of lime green on the chair…it’s precious!
And the perfect place for a reminder of how important reading is in our house!


Linking up this project with these happening places…

-Craft-o-Maniac-Alderberry Hill-Today’s Creative Blog--Tip Junkie-Live, Laugh, Rowe-At the Picket Fence-the Shabby Nest-Whipperberry-My Turn (for us)-The DIY Dreamer-The 36th Avenue-

Nellie is the founder of NellieBellie, and takes basically every photograph you've ever seen on this site. She also runs our web design business, the Savvy Sites Administration.


  1. Christine

    August 12, 2012 at 6:14 am

    LOVE the frame!! Such a CUTE idea!! And the desk… WOW!!! Very beautiful piece!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

  2. Laura@live-love-scrap

    August 6, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    what a great idea! love the book pages on here!

  3. Megan

    August 6, 2012 at 11:22 am

    What a cute idea! Love the vintage desk too. would love for you to come link up your homepage at my Get Social Sunday party and show off your blog!

    • Janel

      August 6, 2012 at 2:02 pm

      thanks for the invite!!! I’ll be stopping by soon!

  4. Paula

    August 3, 2012 at 10:22 am

    What a cute idea! Hmmm…September is Library Card Month and I think this would be an awesome craft for my storytimes and daycare reach!

    • Janel

      August 4, 2012 at 8:46 am

      yes!! I was thinking of doing this too at my library. It would be a fun little craft! And I think the moms at storytime would like it!

  5. Bella

    August 3, 2012 at 7:33 am

    Janel this is SO cute! And what a great project to do with my boys. Super idea.

    • Janel

      August 4, 2012 at 8:45 am

      Thank you!! It’s fun to see their little autograph on display :0

  6. Smallgood

    August 3, 2012 at 6:47 am

    I just want to hug it and love on it. I’m going to library school this fall and wish I had one of my original library cards.

    • Janel

      August 4, 2012 at 8:44 am

      It’s it great!! Congrats on going to library school…I love working at the library!

  7. Holly Lefevre

    August 3, 2012 at 12:23 am

    Seriously cute idea! My kids love the library and we all love to read! It is so important.

  8. cassie

    August 2, 2012 at 10:59 am

    that is so cute! i did something similar a couple months back with vintage book pages. i may have to make some more for christmas! love the seuss idea!

  9. Jaimee @ Craft, Interrupted

    August 2, 2012 at 10:42 am

    What a sweet idea!! LOVE it! I have a little desk and chair exactly like that (a free score), and I keep thinking about painting the chair a bright color, too. Yours looks great : )

  10. Jen @ Four Marrs & One Venus

    August 2, 2012 at 10:23 am

    OK. Now this is really cute. I Still HAVE my library card from when I was little and could barley write my name!! This is a wonderful idea to keep that moment captured- YES! You got this one.. and I love that desk! 6 Bucks? You brat! Nice Score!

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