In between cleaning up yard debris and trying to continue my new year's resolution of exercising, I've been working on a few projects. A few small ones and one big one. I have a blanket chest that I started last week and it's coming along quite nicely. I probably won't have that done for a few more days though. So for the meantime, here's just a little crafty project to get you by.
I've been seeing decorative books EVERYWHERE! I really like the idea of using them on side tables or on shelves. I've seen some in catalogs that cost an arm and a leg.... and why? Who knows! But I decided to just make my own.
So off to the dollar store where they actually sell hard back books. Not that I would ever actually read any of them. LOL! But for only $1 each it's a good way to go for DIY decorative books.
I sifted through my scrap booking supplies and picked out some cute paper and embellishments. I measured the paper over the ends of the books and cut them to size. Then I used some mod podge to glue it on and put two coats over the top to seal it. (I think mod podge is my new best friend!) haha!
Next I knew I wanted some kind of decorative element on the top of one of them. I had this cute floral patterned paper that I wanted to mimic... but I'm definitely not an artist. So I experimented and found the perfect way to do it.
I taped the paper to the book and traced out the pattern with a pencil, making sure to press down really hard to create an indentation on the cover. Once I peeled up the paper, the floral pattern was indented on there. Sweet!
|You can see the top portion where I had already traced.|
Then I just painted it and added a few little embellishments. And voila! Total cost of this project was $2!
Cheap and easy just the way I like it! LOL :)
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