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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Book Page Christmas DIY

Most of you have figured out I am a color freak with an obsession 
for turquoise, red and cobalt blue. 
However,
I also obsess about the beautiful neutral tones of natural muslin and old book pages. 
Especially book pages! Christmas is no exception.


Here is my bakers rack decked out in more book page covered decor than you can shake a stick at.
I love the pages with the grey boards and the white milk glass!

And below you can see a sweet ruffled muslin garland with a mini star 
book page garland, plus book page rosettes and book page covered balls, 
stars and even a pedestal cake stand.


I will cover practically anything in Mod Podge and old book pages. This way my old beloved books live on in my decor. I also make as much paper art as I can with book pages.

Per request, I am showing you the big stars covered with book pages in this post.


I just love how they come out!!


                             This is an example of the cardboard star patterns I found online. 
There are oodles I tell ya. LOTS. Google is your friend in this.


I like the old dictionaries with dense printing for these projects. I've used clean cut pieces with straight lines for this project plus loads of Mod Podge.

Simple and FAST, folks.

Once dry, sand the edge paper off with a nail file. Spray with clear acrylic to seal.



Book page stars and Christmas balls, oh my!!

                                     
There is no end of ideas using book pages and Mod Podge. 
Including the display stand made of a sundae glass, ceramic plate and book pages! 
And pinwheels and stars and, of course, book page stars.

Sometimes, even for me, a restful neutral look is just what I need during this busy season.


Merry Christmas, friends. Make it a good one!



Cute and Clever Photo Cubes Apothecary Jar

Here is a quick and clever project you can make for home decor or better yet, to give as a gift.
I made these photo blocks and stacked them in a thrift store jar
 for one of the best gifts ever this last Christmas.


I'm kind of a sucker for apothecary jars. Or footed jars. Or jars on a base with a fancy lid.
These are just a few I have on my craft room shelves. None of them cost over $1.

I will even use E6000 jewelry glue to put a cool looking jar on a Dollar Store candle stick.


I saw these wooden blocks at the Dollar Store and my brain went "ding!"
These are the perfect size for photo cubes.

I painted the blocks with white craft paint until the dye of the printing quit bleeding through. Three coats, I believe. Possibly white spray paint will also do the trick. Let the paint dry and make sure that the color of the printed letters is not coming thru before going on to the next step.




I printed dozens of family photos in black and white. I made sure to size them for the blocks so I did not have to trim them. On two sides of each block I added damask print paper.


I just LOVE the cool vintage vibe of these black and white photos, 
especially after I sanded all the edges!


Choose good closeups of family faces since the display area is less than 2" square.


Stack them in a "fancy" jar of your choice. You can embellish the neck with family initials, jingle bells and twine or even a special tag.

There you go, a neat and personalized gift that is perfect for Christmas, 
or a wedding, or an anniversary or even a birthday.

So, thrift store jars about $1 each.
Dollar Store blocks $1 for 9.
Family photo blocks in an apothecary jar PRICELESS.

Next up, how to use these same photo blocks for Christmas tree decor!