All book lovers, who are probably appalled that any one would tear up a book, I come in peace. I love books too and I would never tear one up that wasn’t already ruined. The books I used in this project had water damage and were hardly readable.
Mod podge is an extremely popular method of updating something old into something that reflects you and your style. It seems well known through out the DIY community, but since I’m not a life long DIYer, I wasn’t quite sure what I was doing at first. It’s pretty easy and doesn’t really warrant a tutorial, but I decided to write it anyways, just in case there are any more people like me out there wanting to give it a try. You can pretty much mod podge anything with any kind of paper material. Anyways, have fun!
Things you’ll need:
Plenty of paper materials
Frame (or anything else you want to mod podge)
Mod Podge- can find it at any craft store
A Brush or Sponge
Tear the pages into thinner stips. Depending the size of the page, you may want to tear it into halves, thirds, etc. Then add a thin coat of mod podge glue with a brush. You can use a sponge, but I think that a brush is easier. Mod podge glue can be found at any craft store. Then wrap the paper around your frame. If you have a lot of bumps or creases on your frame, add a thicker coat of mod podge so the paper will stick to the forms. I did two layers of pages. The first layer does not need to be perfect. The second or third layer will cover whatever the first layer doesn’t. I find that the corners are difficult to cover with a thicker strip. It helped me to make shorter and thinner strips around the edges.
First tear out several pages from a book that you don’t want or that is already ruined. I used about twenty pages for my frame. Lay down newspaper, or some other material that you don’t care if it gets ruined, on top of your table or the surface that you’ll be working on. Also, you can use magazines, comic books, old newspapers, or any other kind of paper product for this project. Just make sure that it reflects you.
I found mod podge to be a pretty easy process, but it’s even easier to use it to make anything into something that represents you.
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