Styling your home with books—A new spin on the old book cover

Posted in Blog, Home Decor, Tips, Projects & DIYs
on September 26, 2016
Decorating with books

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!

A new spin on old bookcovers

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 😉

A new spin on old bookcovers

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 😉

Decorating with books

What you’ll need:

• Scissors

• Wrapping paper, paper bags or fabric

• Pencil

• Ruler (optional)

A new spin on old bookcovers


  1. 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.

    A new spin on old bookcovers

  2.  Cut your paper with an extra 1 1/2″ above the top and bottom guides, and an extra 3″ over the side guides.A new spin on old bookcovers
  3. 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)A new spin on old bookcovers
  4. 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.A new spin on old bookcoversA new spin on old bookcovers
  5. Place your book on the now folded sheet and center it again by closing the book and lining up your edges. A new spin on old bookcovers
  6. 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.A new spin on old bookcovers
  7. 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.A new spin on old bookcoversA new spin on old bookcovers
  8. Add labels to the spine of the book if you so desire or leave them empty, your choice!

A new spin on old bookcovers

Decorating with books

I hope you enjoyed this quick tip. I can’t wait to watch how you guys put your spin on it. Share it with me on Facebook or Instagram so I can see!

Don’t forget to check out the rest of these ideas about decorating with books:

Decorating with books

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The Belmont Ranch

An Inspired Nest

New England Nesters

My Sunset Avenue

Honey n’ Hydrangea

A Blue Nest

Little Home Reloved

Coffee Paint Repeat


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  • Betty

    Great idea – I remember covering books in school years ago!!

    September 26, 2016 at 9:04 am Reply
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  • Jessica

    This was so smart!!! Very Anthropologie of you! Love it so much. Great combo of papers too.

    September 26, 2016 at 11:04 am Reply
    • Brittany

      Ohh, I love me some Anthro. 😉 Thanks miss.

      September 26, 2016 at 8:14 pm Reply
  • Ty

    Oh this is brilliant! I love how they turned out!

    September 26, 2016 at 11:16 am Reply
  • Jordan

    Brittany I love how you’ve reimagined book covers!! They looks so gorgeous in your home!

    September 26, 2016 at 2:23 pm Reply
    • Brittany

      Aw, thanks Jordan!!

      September 26, 2016 at 8:14 pm Reply
  • Kellie

    such a great idea, Brittany!! love it & your photography is beautiful, my friend !

    September 26, 2016 at 2:40 pm Reply
    • Brittany

      Thank you Kellie–you always make my day!

      September 26, 2016 at 8:14 pm Reply
  • Sarah

    So cute. I love how you came up with this idea. You’re amazing like that!! Love your pics and your books Brittany!

    September 26, 2016 at 7:39 pm Reply
    • Brittany

      You’re so stinkin’ sweet. Thanks Sarah!

      September 26, 2016 at 8:13 pm Reply
  • Gary Junken

    Nice idea, Brittany. Makes me want to check out the books to see what the titles are. A little intrigue along with décor.

    September 27, 2016 at 12:13 pm Reply
  • Debrashoppeno5

    Beautiful idea. Especially since I have so many books and use them all around the house. Pinned

    September 30, 2016 at 7:14 pm Reply
  • Michelle

    I love this!!! We have so many old books lying around at home and I can’t wait to try some of these idea. Thank you so much for sharing with us at the Sweet Inspiration party Brittany.

    October 1, 2016 at 3:34 am Reply
  • Christina Makri

    Very clever way to cover old and ugly books!!! Love your idea … I m coming through the Sweet Inspiration link party 🙂

    October 2, 2016 at 3:33 pm Reply
    • Brittany

      Welcome! And thank you 🙂

      October 8, 2016 at 8:08 am Reply
  • Shannon

    I adore your creativity, my friend!

    October 3, 2016 at 5:51 pm Reply
  • new england nesters

    This post is so fun!!! LOVE the combo of papers you used too!

    October 3, 2016 at 9:43 pm Reply
  • Mary-the boondocks blog

    I remember covering my school books this way when I was in school. When I showed this idea to my kids they were so impressed with me, as if I had invented the wheel. I love this idea how you can dress up a book to make it fit in where otherwise it would look out of place. Love the papers you have chosen.

    October 5, 2016 at 6:58 pm Reply
    • Brittany

      haha love it!

      October 7, 2016 at 2:48 pm Reply

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