So in keeping with my easy and simple approach to holiday decor this year, today I’m sharing a vintage book page Christmas banner that you can get done in a jiffy. And to make things even better this project will cost you pretty much nothing. Good news, right? Yesssss. I actually have a banner just like this on our Christmas tree, you can see it in this post, and I’ve had sooooo many questions about it. I figured you’d all be interested to see how to make one for yourself, so here goes!
OK first step: rip pages out of a book. Call me a rebel, but you gotta do it. I actually think this works best with smaller pages, so look for a book that isn’t too big.
And here’s a tip–I laid all my pages out and sprayed them down with a coat of this acrylic coating before I got started. The primary reason I did this was to stiffen/harden the pages a bit so they aren’t so floppy. This just makes them hang better. Secondly, this spray actually yellows the pages. The description on the can says it won’t, but it does. I actually liked that effect, because it makes the pages look even older. I think this would work really well if you’re using newer book pages and ones that don’t have that “old” look to them.
All right, after the pages have dried it’s time for painting on the letters. I have these great little foam stamps that I used for this project, but you can use just about any stencil. Or you can get crazy and free hand it. I don’t have those skills, but go for it if you do!
Make sure you’re placing the letter in about the same spot on each page so they all line up nicely when it’s hung up.
Okie dokie–time to hang the pages. So I went super lazy on this and just bent the top third of the page over and then simply sat it on the string. I used a waxed string by the way, they are nice and sturdy and work really well for this kind of project.
Then I used a piece of tape on the back to hold it in place. Impressive, I know. BUT the nice thing about doing it this way is that you can easily slide the pages along the string to adjust them as needed. That comes in super handy when it’s hung up on the wall and you need to adjust a few pages.
Ok that’s it! The only things to be careful of is the pages trying to rip where they are folded over. I used really old book pages for this, so they’re brittle to begin with, but you probably wouldn’t have that problem if you’re using pages out of a newer book. I used clear scotch tape to fix a few little tears and you can’t even see it.
And here is the finished banner!
This would look great hanging on your Christmas tree, the mantel, or just about anywhere. I love it on my old crib spring, you know how I like to layer things, but there’s a chance I’ll move it somewhere new before the season is over. I have a habit of doing that! But really, how easy was this?! Seriously, just a few book pages, a bit of paint, some string and you’ve got yourself a pretty cute little banner. Not too shabby!
I’d love to hear what you think and if you have any questions. And pleeeeeeeeaaaaaassssee, if you make one of my projects I’d be thrilled if you’d share it with me. I’ve recently had a few of you lovelies tag me on Instagram with projects or inspiration you’ve got from my blog and it makes me so incredibly happy! Or you can always share with me on Facebook or simply drop me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org. I absolutely LOVE hearing from you, so don’t be shy!