December 5, 2014

Christmas Bookish DIY Projects by Leah of Books Speak Volumes - Holiday Extravaganza


Christmas is just a few weeks away, and you may be pondering what you should slip into your favorite bookworm's stocking. I have a few (very easy) DIY projects that will fit the bill!

Decoupage Book Page Ornament

Decoupage Ornament   Supplies:
  • An old book you don't mind destroying
  • A plain glass ball ornament. (Mine is actually plastic.) You can buy these from craft stores like Jo-Ann Fabrics or Michael's
  • Mod Podge (I used matte because it's what I had on hand, but gloss lustre would give the ornament a pretty sheen)
  • Foam paint brush
Instructions:
  • Use an exacto knife or the blade of a pair of scissors to rip pages from the book. I started with 10 pages and cut more out as needed.
  • Tear pages into small pieces. Before you do this, you might want to cut off the margins to avoid big white spaces on your ornament.
  • Use Mod Podge to glue the pieces of paper to the ornament, overlapping them nicely until the ornament is covered.
  • Use your fingers to smooth out any rough edges or wrinkles.
  • Let dry.
  • Hang with a regular ornament hook or a pretty ribbon!


Book Strip Ornament

Book Strip Ornament   Supplies:
  • A book you don't mind destroying
  • A plain glass ball ornament
  • Scissors
Instructions:
  • Use an exacto knife or scissors to tear pages from the book. Again, start with 10 or so, and then rip more out if necessary.
  • Cut the margins off of the pages to avoid white space. Cut the pages into strips. Each of my strips are about 3 lines of text tall.
  • Use a knife to curl the strips of paper. Or don't! The two pictures above show how the ornament will look either way.
  • Insert paper strips into the ornament and shake it all up until it looks nice. Add more paper strips if it doesn't look full enough.
  • Hang with an ornament hook or ribbon.


Magnetic Bookmark

Magnetic Bookmark 3 Supplies:
  • Card stock
  • Pretty paper (I used tie-dyed paper that I had on hand, but wrapping paper or scrapbook paper would work well)
  • Magnetic tape (like this). Other magnets would work fine, but magnetic tape is great because it has adhesive on the back and can be cut to size
  • Glue (I used Mod Podge)
  • Scissors
Directions:
  • To make a 2" x 6" bookmark, cut a 2" x 12" strip of card stock.
  • Cut a 2" x 12" strip of your decorative paper.
  • Fold the card stock in half.
  • Glue the paper to the card stock, making sure it folds easily.
  • Let dry.
  • Cut two same-sized pieces of magnetic tape.
  • Open up the bookmark so the inside is facing up. Stick one magnet to each end, making sure they touch when the bookmark is closed.
  • You know have a magnetic bookmark that will stay in place without falling out of the book!

Have you ever done a bookish DIY project?


Thank you so much for showing us these cool bookish projects, Leah!  Visit Leah at her blog, Books Speak Volumes!


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