Monday, October 18, 2010

Book Vase Tutorial & a lot to be thankful for!

I love having the kind of weekend that just recharges you for the week to come! We had family stay with us and then more came over for breakfast on Sunday. I'm so thankful to have all of them and no matter what might be going on in our lives, we always end up laughing our heads off! Then Brian and I went to our Bible study group last night and it was totally awesome. By the time we got home, we felt completely shored up and renewed. God is good!

On to the tutorial -

I made these last week and was asked how I did it.

I'm sure there is an easier way but this is how I went about it:

First, pick a paperback that is about medium thickness. I've tried it with smaller & larger ones and haven't had much success with them. I also don't recommend an older book because the spine might be brittle. Trust me, it's beyond aggravating when halfway through cutting you split the spine.

 Tear the cover off the front & back and draw your vase shape.  It's easier when you keep the shape simple.

I use scissors and cut more than one page at a time.  Depending on your design, you might need a straight razor for tight cuts.

Next step, bend back the spine, fan it out and figure out where you want to glue it.

I tried quick dry glue and it didn't hold.  The ol' hot glue gun to the rescue (again)!  It should look something like this after you glue the two ends together.  Fan all the pages out again until they are spread out all the way around.

This is when I snip the pages that are sticking out a little further than others (I see one in this picture). And keep in mind, my version is not perfect.  These are like the Christmas tree, you have to put the bad side to the wall.   

If you try this, I'd love to see how it turned out.  I'm off to start my week - take care!

I'm going to party with Met Monday at BNOTP - lots of cool stuff to see..



  1. Jen - what a neat idea!

    Punkin Seed Productions

  2. such a great blog you have,you have very smart projects ,nice...keep it up...

  3. I love this project. You make it seem so simple. I will try it of course. I have to try all crafts :)

  4. This is way cool! I also like the wreaths you've put together. Great projects!

  5. Amazing how you can transform an old book into something so pretty!

  6. How extraordinary! What a great thing to do with old books! And what a conversation piece too. They really are very pretty! Anxious to see what else you do (I have a lot of antique furniture that need refinishing!)so I'm going to be following along! Please join me at my history blog - I'd love to have you!

  7. Hi Jen! I love this idea. Now I gotta dig thru some old books (or get some from the seemingly endless supply of them at yard sales!). I can't wait to try it out! Thanks so much for becoming my newest follower, I sincerely appreciate it. I look forward to following you now!
    Have a super blessed weekend dear!


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