Happpppppy Monday friends! I hope your week is getting off to a good start so far. Today I’m sharing the easiest DIY tutorial in the entire world–unbound vintage books. Before I get into it let me give you a little backstory for this post and explain why I’m sharing it. A few weeks ago I was browsing one of my favorite antique shops and I found a small bundle of unbound vintage books for $30. There was nothing particularly special about them, so I was honestly shocked at the price tag. Sure, it was pretty and the books were old, but sheesh. You guys know I’m all about splurging when something great comes along, but paying $30 for three unbound books seems a little crazy if you ask me. Especially if you’re decorating on a budget and trying to make every dollar go as far as possible–it just doesn’t make sense. Today I want to show you how to create the exact same look with thrift store books for a mere fraction of the cost.
I think this works best with books that are older, but not necessarily “antiques”. The ones I have here are all from the 1960’s and 1970’s and they were only $1 each at the local thrift store. They’re obviously not the cutest books you ever laid eyes on, but that just makes them perfect for this project. Find the ugly ones!
First step: remove the covers. This is probably obvious, but all you need to do is rip the covers off the books. This can be done in 3.6 seconds. Just be sure to take the extra cover off the spine, so you can see the purdy pages.
Boom. That’s it. If you have a larger book like the one on the bottom of this stack you can separate it in half, which will make it go a bit further.
Next go ahead and separate them into piles and use twine, lace, ribbon or whatever you’d like to tie them together in bundles.
Gorgeous. Who knew those ugly books could be so beautiful with just a little effort?! Now they’re ready to be used around the house!
This is definitely quick and easy farmhouse decor that works perfectly if you’re on a budget. And honestly, this is my favorite way to use old books. I love the rawness and rustic look of unbound books, especially when they’re paired with feminine lace or ribbon. Something about that combination is just so darn purdy, I love it. And I’ll tell ya, if I was forced to choose just one thing to decorate with for the rest of time I’d choose old books. Really, that would it be it. Give me a stack of vintage books and I’m a happy, happy girl.
I hope this inspired you to do a little DIY and save yourself a lot of money in the process. Let me know if you have an obsession with old books too, I’d love to hear how you use them in your home. Thanks so much for dropping by the blog today!
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