In this article: Wondering what to do with all those scrapbooking supplies you collected years ago? Here’s an idea for you: Make paper covered books ~ a simple Spring decor DIY that can be done in less than 10 minutes!!
When I recently organized my Craft Room & Office, I came upon my collection of scrapbook papers and inks. Now that we’ve downsized our home drastically, I need to have a strict “use it or lose it” mentality.
I didn’t want to part with all my pretty papers and crafty stamps, so I decided to pull it out and see if I could come up with some new ways to use it! Today’s project was the first ~ and it took less than 10 minutes to do!
Paper Covered Books ~ A Simple Spring Decor DIY
Supplies: Paper (scrapbook paper, wrapping paper, or brown craft paper could be used) & Books (Any books will do!)
The paper I used was lightweight scrapbooking paper that had been long leftover from my years of scrap-booking. If you didn’t jump on that train when it was in its heyday, you can still easily find great selections of it in craft stores or even the dollar store.
Step One: Cut paper to fit the book and fold over the ends.
A quick Google search showed some pretty elaborate methods to cover books. I chose the super simplest route! I quickly trimmed the paper to fit the dimensions of the book, leaving some extra length to fold over the covers.
Supplies: Letter Stamps and Ink
Step Two: Stamp out a message
Think of whatever saying you’d like your books to say. Stamp the words on cardstock with the letter stamps.
Supplies: Ribbon and Embellishments
Step Three: Tie on Ribbon and embellish with accents
I thought it would be fun to tie on a little antique watch since it is nearing the time change. Yay! It’s Spring time! (See how I did that??)
In addition to stacking books for decor, this idea could also be used on a stand alone book to be given as a gift. A personalized message can be done and something special could be tied on the top.
Paper patterns can be mixed and matched to accommodate whatever color scheme you’d like to decorate with. Brown craft paper would make a great rustic look for the farmhouse style. Or you could use colored covered books to add a pop of color to an otherwise neutral scheme.
Come watch the #papershenanigans on Instagram!
Every Wednesday for this month of March my Instagram friend @dawnsing are doing paper projects that we’re calling #papershenanigans. Come on over and watch our stories on those days. Maybe it will get your creative ideas flowing and you’ll find you want to dig out some paper and put it to good use!