Good Morning Peeps! I’m so happy to have Jennifer guest posting for me today! If you have ‘met’ Jennifer through her blog you know exactly how I feel – if you haven’t met her then you are gonna want to go on over and ‘meet’ her and browse her blog and get to know her!
Hi Everyone! I’m Jennifer from Town and Country Living and I’m so happy to be guest posting today here at Sew a Fine Seam. I had the great pleasure of meeting Jill at the Country Living Fair a little over a year ago! I’ve always admired her handiwork and decorating style. Today I’m sharing 6 ways to decorate with books. I love decorating with books because it doesn’t cost a lot of money and you can do so many different things.
One: Make a Book Page Garland
Cut circles from pages of a book (I used Martha Stewart’s circle cutter) and gently crumple the circles. Using a large needle threaded with twine, string the circles together and knot the ends of the twine. You can hang them anywhere in the home. I draped a book page garland across my crafting cabinet. Note the back wall of my cabinet is decoupaged with book pages!
Two: Decoupage Boxes with Book Pages
Using Mod Podge, decoupage papier mache or wooden boxes with book pages and add colorful embellishments, if desired. You can find papier mache boxes in a variety of shapes and sizes at Hobby Lobby or Michaels. Cigar boxes make another great option and empty ones are usually sold at liquor stores for just a dollar. This photo shows a trio of stacking butterfly boxes decoupaged with pages from Wuthering Heights. I added a bit of lace trim to the edge of the box tops.
Three: Stack Books as Art
Scour garage sales, flea markets, or thrift stores for books with pretty covers and bindings. Choose colors that match your decor and stack them on tables, desks, or shelves to add color to a room.
Four: Make Simple Ornaments
You can easily create origami ornaments using book pages. To find instructions, simply search for “origami instructions” on the internet and you’ll find a ton of options. To make an even simpler ornament, I cut strips from book pages, folded them accordian style, and then threaded the folded strip onto florist wire shaped into a heart. For an unexpected surprise, I hung it on the window in lieu of a wreath.
Five: Decoupage a Table Top
Vintage end tables handed down from my husband’s aunt were given a bit of pizzazz using book pages to decoupage the tabletop. Mod Podge works great; be sure to apply a few coats to the top to protect the pages. To add a personal touch, use pages from a favorite book. I chose pages from The Silver Chalice for this project.
Six: Create a Vignette using Vintage Books
This is perhaps my favorite way to decorate with books. Group vintage books with other vintage items for an easy, pretty vignette. Place a small table lamp or vase of fresh flowers on a small stack of books to provide added height. Often I find an object in a vignette isn’t quite tall enough. A couple of pretty books will often fix this problem.
So you see, decorating your home doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. You can find gently used books for just a dollar or two. If your local library has a book sale, you can often get them for dirt cheap the last day of the sale.
To see more of my decorating ideas, come visit me at Town and Country Living!!
Special thanks to Jill for having me here today.
Thank you so much Jennifer, for being here today and sharing your amazing decor tips!
Wasn’t that delightful 🙂 Jennifer is so much fun, and I’m so honored that she is one of the blog friends I’ve met in real life too. She’s a sweetheart and her home is just lovely. Do go over and take a peek!
What a fun and inspiring post. I have a large collection of old books to use. I can’t help myself when I see them for sale… Jennifer’s blog is lovely, too. Thank you for sharing! 🙂 Have a wonderful day.
I love the look of a stack of books. Vintage is so cool, but I also just use books I love. I also am all about books with pretty covers! What a fun post and ideas!