I recently started my Spring cleaning, fashionably late as always, and when I came across a bunch of old books, I paused. Wondering what to do with them, I seriously considered tossing them. After much deliberation and them sitting on the floor for about a week, I ultimately decided to keep and repurpose them as home decor props around my house. Before strategically placing them around my home I wanted to make them look a little prettier. I grabbed some glue, scissors, and fabric and decided to give them a brand new look. Check out my super easy tutorial for DIY Fabric Covered Books.
My house is full of books—kids books, mommy books, how-to books, cookbooks, self-help books, the list goes on. My mom and sister are the types of people who will keep any and all books they’ve ever purchased or been gifted or found on the side of the road. Not me though. Usually, I read a book once and then donate it. With the exception of the Twilight Saga and a few others that I wore out reading over and over!
You’re probably wondering how many ways can a book really be “repurposed.” Well, once I covered the hardcover books with a neutral linen-blend fabric, I placed a few on bookshelves, under candles, vases, picture frames, and plants. The neutral color goes perfect with my home decor and the books are still there if I ever get the itch to go back and reread them…it’s just going to take some investigating to figure out which is which!
Materials Needed for DIY Fabric Covered Books:
- Hot glue gun
- Hardcover books
- Fabric color of your choice
- White acrylic paint
- Paint the spine of the book with white paint if you have a dark-colored book. Feel free to also paint the cover and back if you think they might be visible. The fabric you use may not cover the dark spine.
- Lay the fabric out and placing the book over top. Cut around the book, leaving about 3-4” on the sides and 2” on the top and bottom.
- Iron the fabric to remove any wrinkles.
- Place the book back on top of the fabric. Fold the fabric on the sides over and glue the fabric to the inside cover but don’t pull it so tight the fabric rips when you open and close it.
- Do the same for the top and bottom. I folded the edges down on the corner to make a cleaner look.
- Make two small cuts the same width of the spine all the way to the edge of the book.
- Cut off excess fabric so that you can fold just a small amount over the spine. Secure fabric with just a bit of glue.
- Your newly covered books are done and ready to be styled.
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Meagan is in her mid-thirties and has been married for almost 10 years. She is a proud boy mom, happily navigating her way through the toddler years. She met her husband 20 years ago in high school; they got married 10 years later after graduating from the University of South Florida. Meagan currently helps run a family business with her parents and sister, while blogging about her life and taking care of her three-year-old son full time (at work)!
When she isn’t chasing her son around and constantly picking up Matchbox cars, she enjoys spending time with her family on a beach anywhere. She also loves decorating and organizing her home, delving into fun DIY projects, bargain shopping, and eating at unique restaurants. She also loves Barbecue anything and a good show or movie on Netflix.