Vintage Embellished Books

I love books, I don't always love how they look. But I think books are perfect for decorating, either in a book shelf, on free floating shelves, on tables, under lamps, etc. and for reading of course.

They are just wonderful :)But, what do you do when you don't have pretty books and you want to display them somehow? Cover them up of course. You may remember these books that I recovered.

Well, here's another option. Decoupage them. Yep. Works beautifully. Here's what you need:

  • Books (of course)
  •  Decoupage medium
  • cutter 
  • coordinating paper
  •  any accessories you may want to add to them at the end.
Cut the paper to size of the book. Make sure the top is your priority for that is going to be the side that people see, you'll more than likely run out of paper because not all books are 6 inches on each side and 12 inches long.
On both top books I had to add an extra little strip of paper on the back, and on the big bottom one, I had to outline the book with a coordinating solid color then add the original paper I chose so it would fit.

FYI, If you want the distressed look, sand the paper on the edges before you decoupage the paper to the book, it works a lot better than trying to sand through the decoupage medium.

After you have the books covered and dried, embellish to your heart's desire. I used some drawer pulls and a little scrapbooking embellishments on mine.
Cover books with paper and embellish

cover old books with scrapbook paper and embellish!

Pretty huh? Totally better than the before. If you wish, you can also paint the book pages to match!


  1. Super adorable! Darnit, I totally just got rid of some hardback books...hindsight is an awful thing.

    Maybe I should try it with some of my textbooks? ;)

  2. those look gorg!! i love this idea :)

  3. Love these! I already have this on my list of projects to try. Yours turned out great and I love the embellishments!

  4. I LOVE this! We have tons of books that I was ready to put out at a garage sale ... I'm going to pull some out to refurbish and embellish. Thank you for sharing this.

  5. Oh my goodness, I literally gasped when I saw the finished books! I never would have thought to add embellishments like that and I LOVE the way those drawer pulls look! I'm bookmarking this to try later.

  6. Wow, the finished books look amazing! Well done!

  7. That is an astounding idea! I love the finished books!

  8. Okay, so last week I saw the wrapped books and thought, "Hmmmm, very cool, I could do this." but now I see it taken to the next level and I am thinking, "I will do this." I love blogland.

  9. LOVE this idea. They look fantastic - so much more appealing than all those garish colors and large block lettering!

  10. Love your books! They turned out absolutely darling! And thanks for the shout out! We are loving your blog.

    Bon @ Drab to Fab

  11. I love this. Can I post a picture and link for this coming Two Tips Tuesday? Just shoot me an email at to let me know. Alicia, you are so creative. Your blog could fill a gazillion Tuesdays!

  12. Hi Alicia! I have been wanting to make these but haven't had a chance. I just LOVE them!! So I decided to feature them on my Sleigh Ride 2011 this Christmas with a link back. Thanks so much for the inspiration! They're just awesome!!

  13. So much fun and a great look!


happy DIYing! Alicia