Published on May 20th, 2015 | by Kristen Swain0
Easy Book Decor
I love adding books to my decor.
I love reading and just adding my beloved books to our home makes it feel warmer, cozier and a little bit smarter! LOL
However, what I don’t love are the covers. Often books have very colorful covers and although I want books in my decor, I don’t necessarily want those covers to stand out. I mean, these aren’t books in my library or in my bookcases, these are touches that add to room decor.
I found the perfect solution. This is really easy book decor.
Are you ready to go back to grade school? Do you remember how to cover your books?
Do you remember back in those days when school started how you’d bring your books home, cover them with brown grocery bags and have all those fresh looking books waiting for your doodles and stickers?
I remember thinking of the perfect decoration to draw on my books. But that plain brown wrapper was daunting, so much space, so many possibilities.
This time though, we’re going to appreciate the plain wrapper and enjoy those books as part of our decor.
First thing you need are your books, hard or soft cover, and some brown paper.
I bought some paper at Walmart for $8 a roll in the painting department. I get a lot of uses from it, from painting, to drawing paper for the kids, and much more.
Measure out a piece of paper about 4 inches larger than your book on all sides. Bigger is fine, smaller is not.
Fold the top piece of brown paper down, then use the book and determine how much of a fold you will need at the bottom. You can make this super close, or a little bigger.
I folded mine with about a 1/4 inch bigger than the book on the top and bottom.
Once you have the top and bottom folded, fold in the sides. I begin with side 1, then fold it in and close the book. Then I use the edge of the back cover to mark where my fold will go, open the book back up and fold.
Once your folds are done, simply slide the book covers into the folded edges and close.
The great thing is that you need no glue, or tape. Just the folds keep the cover on the book.
Once you have one done, make a pile of them.
I also crease the edges down the spine to make them a little more sharp.
Add some shells like I did, or your own decor pieces, and you will just love the old-school feeling without all those bright covers!