Today I’m sharing a really fun DIY project with you – A centerpiece container made from an old book!
For Christmas my sister gave me the book The Repurposed Library and I finally decided to do one of the projects from it for another blog I contribute to (The Machine Shed Everyday Moments Blog).
This would be a really cute addition to your tablescape at your wedding or can be used around the house to keep office supplies or kitchen utensils in.
Here’s the tutorial.
You Will Need:
- A Hardcover Book (about 1.5 in. deep, 9.5 in. tall)
- Wood Shims (found at any hardware store)
- A Craft Knife or Box Cutter
- Cutting Mat
- White Glue
- Glue Gun
Step One: Remove the Pages
Using your craft knife, carefully slice the paper in the front and back covers along the spine to remove the pages. Once you have the paper on either side cut, you may have to pull a little bit to get the block of pages out, but they should come out still in tact. Save the pages – I have a really fun project that you can use them for coming soon!
Step Two: Cut The Shims to Size
Next, measure the length, width and depth of the book. Then, mark the lengths of the book on your shims. If you used a book that was 1.5 inches deep, then the shim should be the perfect width and you’ll only have to cut length-wise.
You’ll need to cut :
- One shim for the bottom of the book
- Two shims for the sides of the book (one will go along the spine to give it stability)
Step Three: Cover the Wood
Next, you are going to cover the cut shims with pages from the book. You’ll only need to cover the 2 shims that will show, so don’t worry about covering the shim that will go in the binding for stability.
You may need 2 pages from the book to cover the longer piece. Cover the paper with white glue and spread it around so there are no bumpy areas. Fold the paper around the shims until the wood is completely covered.
I used a piece of tape on the backside of the shim to hold the glued page in place.
Step Four: Glue Wood in Place
With your glue gun, glue the piece of wood reserved for the spine of the book in place.
Then apply a line of glue along the bottom edge of the book. Add the shim that fits along the bottom of the book and hold in place for 20 seconds.
Then do the same along the long side of the book. Add a line of hot glue along the inside edge of the wood to make sure everything is secure.
Step Five: Glue Book Shut
Then, run the hot glue gun along the top edges of the bottom and side pieces of wood. Make sure you add a little bit of glue on the bottom of the shim on the spine where it meets the shim on the bottom panel.
Close the book, hold in place for 2o seconds and you’re done!
The Final Product:
So cute, right?
Let me know if you make it, and if you do, head on over to the Oh, What Love Facebook page and post your pics!
Also, did you see that I posted a giveaway? Find out more here.
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