make: decorate with books or book pages

I love books. I love libraries. I love bookstores. But I really love used bookstores. My husband and I used to go on dates prowling through all the used bookstores we could find in Salt Lake City. I love old books – the smell, the cool retro covers, the neat little inscriptions you sometimes find in them. I used to buy a used copy of every book I loved, with the hopes that I’d always be surrounded by really good books.

(We all like books in this family)

Well, I realized over ten years ago that I’d never have a house large enough to contain my family AND my books, so I stopped buying so many books and resorted to a weekly library trip. Plus, used bookstores are largely a thing of the past now that you can order used books online, and new books aren’t quite as tempting to me.

Even so, I still have lots of books at my house. So I’ve found a couple of ways to decorate using my books.

First, I ordered a bunch of these super cool floating bookshelves from the container store. They allow you to stack books on your wall so they appear to be floating, like this:

I mixed five of these shelves with some scrapbook paper and quotes that I modge-podges on to MDF squares to create a cool wall design for my downstairs:

Another thing I’ve done is use a book to make a picture frame:

This is super easy, and I’m putting together a tutorial that will be up tomorrow, so check back!

I have lots of ideas pinned for decorating with books pages, as well. Don’t worry, I wouldn’t rip up any of my own books, but I would rip up a dictionary that I bought from the dollar store. In fact, I did, to make this cute card:

Check out the video tutorial for the flower over on the Creating Keepsakes youtube channel.

Here are a few other book page ideas I’m planning to try:

(from 100 layer cake)

(from cozy.cottage.cute)

I also have a fun idea for a book paper wreath – I know those have been all over for months, but I think I have a new spin on it – when I make it I’ll post.

Any favorite book or book page decorating ideas from you guys?


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    Caprice says

    Ha ha! I just watched your youtube video. How many takes did you do? I would probably laugh too much. You are very not annoying as an instructor (not that you are in real life). That sounded weird but it’s really meant to be a compliment. Cute idea too!

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    Mary Cawley says

    These are so lovely, my granddaughter is allergic to flowers and this will be perfect for her wedding. We are going to use sheet music of her favorite musicals.


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