The last couple of days I have been ‘bookin it’. No, I haven’t been running around the house, (well, maybe a little), but still, that’s not what I’m talking about.
I have been creating things for Christmas with books and book pages. I love old books and sometimes it’s hard to use them in a craft project. However I have no problem when it comes to run of the mill paperbacks.
My sister, Julie and friend, Dolly came up to spend a couple days for a crafting frenzy. Dolly cut each of us a ‘book bell’ before she came on her band saw. All that was left was to crinkle the pages, ink them, glue it into the bell shape and embellish.
Ribbons, tuelle, feathers, bling, bits of sheet music, and tea stained doilies and coffee filters help to give it a vintage feel. They added a sparkly bird to theirs, but I decided to add a wooden white flower.
We covered a little wooden ball with a small piece of a book page and modge podge. Every bell has to have a dinger, right?
Can’t wait to hang it for Christmas! It looks super dark in this picture, but it isn’t.
We also folded a book to make a cute tree. I am not taking the time to give you a tutorial because there are plenty out there already. Sweet Dolly had watched one and showed us how. Are you getting the feeling that she does most of the work? You would be right.
We placed ours on a vintage jello mold. Love it!
A dimensional paper star backed with warm and natural, bits of lace and ribbon, and a touch of bling top it off.
Now here’s the one that I used old books. Book lovers please don’t hate me. I saw this idea on Ornate Splendor blog and fell in love with it. She used all neutral colored books, which was incredible, but I used what I had that were about the same size. The covers were removed and holes drilled.
We used Bethany Lowe’s vintage glitter and Modge Podge to cover chipboard letters. Layered laces were sewn together and then we hot glued them to the book. A touch of cedar and a glitzy button embellish each book.
You won’t believe what the ruching looking lace really is. It’s an old mattress pad tea dyed. Clever, right? Wish I could take credit, but nope that would be Dolly and Julie.
I loved the writing on these two books! Kind of fun how the letter O framed the Sunday School Songs. Believe me, the insides of these books will not go to waste.
Can’t wait to see this hanging!
Thursday night we made a banner that we used some book pages in also at a class hosted by my hairdresser, Shalona. I will save it for another post. It was a Thanksgiving banner, but I changed it up just a little to use for Christmas. Didn’t need another Thanksgiving banner.
Can you believe Christmas is drawing near?
I will be sharing with these fun parties: