I love, love, love quick and easy DIY projects. You know, the ones that give me no grief and don’t fight back. This was one of those. Seriously though, I glued paper to books so if this project was going to be difficult for me then I should just give up now.
When we moved into this house I became the proud owner of bookshelves in my family room. I can do a whole post on styling bookshelves (and how much I despise it sometimes). I’ve rearranged these bookshelves 5758 times and we’ve only lived here 9 months.
A few months ago I found old books from our local library that they were selling so I bought a bunch of those for my mantle and bookshelves. After the 5745th time of rearranging my shelves I knew I wanted to kick it up a notch and add some more color.
I can’t say this idea was 100% mine. I’ve seen these pretty books on bookshelves all over Pinterest… and for a pretty penny if you wanted to buy them already done. I’m sure these covered books that are professionally done are a lot nicer than my DIY version. I couldn’t justify spending $$$ for something I can make for $2.
Off I went to my nearest Hobby Lobby, which unfortunately for my husband is only 10 minutes away. You can use anything for this project…wrapping paper, wallpaper, fabric, craft paper. I used colored printed paper they have at HL. It was 69 cents per sheet and they have a huge selection. They did have paper geared towards Halloween and Christmas so this could be a fun fall/Christmas craft. I picked up some floral paper that was just making me happy to look at it.
If your paper is large enough you can go old school and wrap the whole book like you used to do to your text books back in middle school. Anyone else have to do that?? That was always our first assignment and for some reason I hated it. I knew my paper wouldn’t be large enough to cover the whole book and I was just going to cover the spine of the book so I picked up some Mod Podge at the dollar store on my way home.
Ready for how easy this is. Grab a book-I recommend books from the thrift store or a book that you won’t be constantly opening. You’ll probably end up wearing out the paper. I have quite the selection of Interior Design books that I’ve read cover to cover a few times already so I figured I’d use these for now. I didn’t want to use the books I purchased at the library. I love how the old books look on my mantle as is so I didn’t want to lose those to this project.
Grab that book again and measure your paper. I measured just enough for the spine and some overhang on both sides of the book.
Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to the spine of your book and where your paper will overhang. I used a chip brush for this.
Apply your craft paper to your book and voila you are done! I did this to a few more books and I really do love how they look on my bookshelf. A nice little pop of color that barely cost me anything to do.
These books have been traveling all over my house. I recently had them on the shelves of my new office but moved them back in here since I was loving them so much. I might make some more for my new office as well since it was so easy to do but for now they will be hanging with me here!
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