Isn’t it wonderful to discover a pairing as good as chocolate and peanut butter? Well, with today’s post, I believe I have! On a recent bits ‘n bobs hunt at a local flea market, my DIY eye caught the similar shape and era of two separate items: a vintage book and bi-fold frame. Put your hands together and you’ve got yourself one double-duty way to stylishly show off your brain as well as your beauty!
• vintage book
• exacto knife or scissors
• decorative Washi tape
• white craft glue (both regular and super tacky – we used Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue)
• bi-fold or two same-sized frames
• optional: spray paint (Note: if you’d like to change the color of your frames to better match your book, do so the day before, so they have time to dry.)
1. Mark the thickness of your frames onto the edge of your book pages. Open to the middle of your book, then place the edge of one of your frames onto the edge of the separated pages. Mark the thickness of the frame – this will tell you how far you’ll want to remove the pages. Repeat on the other side.
2. Using your exacto knife or scissors, start removing the pages from the spine. No need to be super neat, just be careful to not tear the pages you’ll be keeping. You only want to remove enough pages so that when your book is closed, the frames will maintain the original thickness (and shape) of the book.
3. Remove the paper headband (that covers the spine of the book). Once you’ve done this, you’ll expose the inside of the exterior spine of the book and see rough edges and cut binding threads along the remaining pages.
4. Using your Washi tape, cut a piece the exact length of the pages, then fold over the pages to seal and cover and inner rough edges.
5. To add more pizazz!, cut another strip of Washi tape and run it down the inside of the spine.
6. Using your tacky glue, apply to the back of each frame, then press onto each side of the pages.
7. Using your regular Elmer’s glue, run a bead along the rest of your pages so that they do not separate. Use your tacky glue to keep the end papers and cover glued together as well (if that doesn’t hold…use your trusty glue gun!). Note: all this gluing will stabilize your book once you’ve inserted the glass and photo, then stand it upright.
8. Insert the glass and photos into your frames and you’re done!
This project would make a fantastic gift for anniversaries, baby showers (insert grandparent’s or you and your spouse’s baby pictures), landmark birthdays, or just to give one to someone who has (or needs) style in their home!
Now It’s Your Turn!
What do you think about this project? If you have any opinions, ideas or suggestions…we’d love to hear them! Leave your comments below!
All photography by Skaie Knox, HomeJelly