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 shelfs, 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, a cutter and an array of coordinating paper to pick from, and 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 the darn thing.
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.
Pretty huh? Totally better than the before.
Here I used the same technique to create a display for the jewelry I make for my business:
I added the knob on the left side to hold up my business cards against the top book. Works like a cute little card holder perfectly :) And I painted the middle book's pages black, its a good contrast when leaving the others white (plus it had a library stamp on it ;) )
You can find some more inspiration for books at Drab to Fab (love those girls, they are so creative)
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