Today I’m teaming up with a group of home decor bloggers to bring you our ideas for using books (vintage and new) in your decor! They’re creative ideas and posts are all linked up at the end of this post, so make sure to check them out. We all remember covering our textbooks in school with brown paper bags, right? I wanted to bring the old-school book cover back with a twist. The technique is pretty much the same, but the materials have been upgraded and the look is more grown up.
Using books, covered and uncovered in your home decor is such a simple way to add sophistication and warmth to a space. You can use them stacked to add height to a piece you’re displaying, or have them tucked on the shelf, either way they help to give a room some character and personality. I think there is always room for books to be displayed!
Not all of our books look great with the rest of the pieces we have though. For example, our bright red book that is filled with different Pizza recipes…. doesn’t exactly vibe with my neutral space. But when it’s covered in a pretty vintage map or even kraft paper, it suddenly transforms. That book could be about anything 😉
Create a new look for your personal library by making book covers from decorative paper or wrapping paper. It’s a bit frivolous, yes, but the result is so pretty it might just be worth your 15 minutes 😉
What you’ll need:
• Wrapping paper, paper bags or fabric
• Ruler (optional)
- Lay your paper, pretty side face down. Open your book and lay it onto the paper cover side down. With a pencil, mark the edges of your open book onto the paper as guides.
- Cut your paper with an extra 1 1/2″ above the top and bottom guides, and an extra 3″ over the side guides.
- Center the book by folding the paper over the closed book and lining up the edges of the paper. (You’ll also know you’ve left enough room for the folds by doing this)
- Remove your book. Fold the extra 1 1/2″ strip down at the top and bottom edge, then lay your open book inside cover side down. The top and bottom edge of your book should match up to the top and bottom edge of your paper.
- Place your book on the now folded sheet and center it again by closing the book and lining up your edges.
- Use your fingers to press a light fold along the edge of the book into the paper. These will act as a guide that is custom to the size of your book.
- Fold the extra paper on each side over this mark, and crease. Now, tuck the front and back book covers into the pockets you’ve created in the extra 3″ fold.
- Add labels to the spine of the book if you so desire or leave them empty, your choice!
Don’t forget to check out the rest of these ideas about decorating with books:
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