Friday, June 5, 2015

Vintage Book Vase Covers

Who loves old books?
I know I'm not the only one.
I have several shelves full of vintage beauties,
but that doesn't stop me from buying more when I find them at a good price.
Some are in great shape, others not so much.
Some I'd never cut up, while some are just begging for it (Contrary to my hubby's belief)!

Today I grabbed a few and yes, I cut them up.

How cute are they as vase covers?
Wouldn't they make great centerpieces?

They're actually just two book covers tied together.

Here's how to make them:

Carefully remove the pages from two books without cutting through the covers.
Make small cuts with an Exacto knife or sharp scissors.
I kept flipping mine over making sure that I was only going through one layer.

Once you remove the pages, you'll want to make marks for the holes.
 I marked every 1.5 inches.

Then to make the holes, you'll want to use either a drill or a Crop-a-dile
(which is like a paper punch on steroids).

I used my Crop-a-dile and it went through the covers without any problems.

After the holes are punched, use twine to tie the books together.

Then stand the covers up in a square shape and insert a vase of flowers.

You can set it so that the two different covers show. . .

or so the binding of one book shows.
They're cute from any angle.

I even made one out of vintage school books.

For this one, I used a longer piece of twine at the top holes and tied a bow on the outside.

Wouldn't this one be cute at a teachers' banquet or even a baby shower?

What do you think? Are you itching to run out to a thrift store and get some old books?
I hope so:)

Thanks so much for stopping by and God bless.
I hope you all have a lovely weekend.

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, 
who gives to all liberally and without reproach,
 and it will be given to him.
James 1:5


Anonymous said...

What a cute idea. Thanks :)

Maria Brittis said...

Thanks for sharing the book vase at my last Fabulous Friday Party, I have been in Italy and just got back and ready to Party again, hope to see you at my party this weekend, starts tonight and goes until next week! Hugs Maria