Dr. Seuss Recycled Book Crafts

Today I am partnering up with Michaels Craft Store on Instagram!  I am running their Instagram all day long, sharing my Dr. Seuss inspired crafts for their #Create2Educate crafting competition!  For more information on the crafting contest, read HERE!

All of the crafts I am sharing today are using old Dr. Seuss books.  When I was cleaning out and organizing my classroom library, I recognized that several of my Dr. Seuss books were torn, colored in, or missing pages.  Each year, I go over how to take care of books, but after several years of "TLC" many of them were worn out.   I wasn't surprised, because the kids LOVE reading these books!  Instead of throwing them away, I decided to make come crafts using the pages.  

Last week, I shared my Dr. Seuss Decor on my blog.  For all of the details on how I made these thin canvases, you can check out this blog post.

Do you ever make a little back to school gift for your team teachers?  I thought magnets would be the perfect little gift for my teammates!  

To make the magnets, I found small images and traced them around the glass stone.   I cut them out and Mod Podged them to the stone.  Once they dried, I hot glued a magnet to the back.  I bundled them with cellophane to give to my team teachers when I go back to school!

I really wanted a cute banner to hang above my class library!  At Michaels I found some pre-cut stationary and used them for my banner shapes!  I found some colorful Dr. Seuss illustrations, and cut them in a rectangle shape to fit inside cards.  Using Mod Podge, I glued the illustrations down to the paper, then I added glitter sticker letters to the cards.  I hole punched the cards and added some ribbon so I could hang them in my room!

You can see my Dr. Seuss banner says, "We can read!"  I think it is the perfect slogan for my little ones!  

For my last craft I made some bookmarks!  I think as a primary teacher, it is our job to get children excited about reading.  One simple thing that can help with the process is the reward of a bookmark!  I found these pre-cut bookmarks at Michaels and thought they would be PERFECT for me to add some Dr. Seuss illustrations to!

To make the bookmarks, I found and cut illustrations that would fit inside the rectangle shape.  I used Mod Podge to glue the images down.  Once they were dry, I added cute ribbon and they were DONE!  They were super simple and quick to make!

Come join me on Instagram today (@ApplesAndABCs) to see my Michaels posts!


  1. Those magnets are so stinkin' cute!!! I think I might need to head to school tomorrow to grab some books! :)

    A Sunny Day in First Grade

  2. Love all these ideas. I have been using a different Dr Seuss book for my class theme for the last 4 years...this year it is Horton ..... "a person's a person no matter how small". I plan to make those magnets for my parent helpers and the book marks for our book buddies.

  3. I LOVE everything!! You are so creative!! :)

  4. Hi Michelle,
    It was very nice meeting you last night at our teacher gathering... John and I were pretty shy when we first arrived, but everyone made us feel comfortable and soon we felt like we had made many new, nice friends! Your Dr. Seuss ideas are amazing.. you are very creative! Making little gifts for partner teachers is a fabulous idea, because we all work so hard and it is a easy way to let your partners know that you appreciate them. Take care and hope to see you at another gathering soon! Take care and have a great start to your school year:) Carol http://theteacherteam.com/

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