During the summer vacation I have enjoyed working with old books. The paper texture is great and I love to upcycle 🙂
I went to the thrift store, bought a bag of old books for 50 kroner (approx $8 for 10 old books). They were not vintage or antique, but I picked the oldest books they had. I ended up with mainly books from the 50ies. So I did not feel bad at all cutting them apart…:-P
My first book project is this cute and versatile Heart Garland:
Does it not look pretty on my hallway shelf?
I started by cutting out book pages, and spreading them out. I then gessoed a page and quickly added a little acrylic color and a generous sprinkle of glitter, as you can see most of my pages were painted in shades of pink:
I’m trying to show you how they sparkle (they really do, a l-o-t, but for some reason my camera does not pick up on that very well…):
I then had lunch, came back and painted the flip sides too. I let them dry overnight, then punched out hearts with my Martha Stewart Heart Punch, I even collected the debris (will tell you in a later post what for!):
If you don’t have a heart punch, you can use most other punches you have available: how about a flower, star, or even plain circles or squares. You could also hand cut hearts or other shapes for this project.
I then thread my sewing machine with white on top and red underneath, this is a kewl trick to sew “bakers twine” style… and used the longest stitch setting for fast action…lol
Feed the hearts into the sewing machine, and in just a few minutes you have several meters of sparkling Heart Garland 🙂
Use the Heart Garland on shelves like I did, or as gift wrap ribbon, or hang them in a window to blow in the wind:
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