Vintage Book Page Christmas Banner

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!

Vintage Book Page Christmas Banner. Easy DIY Christmas banner with old book pages.

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.

Vintage Book Page Christmas Banner. Easy DIY Christmas banner with old book pages.

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!

Vintage Book Page Christmas Banner. Easy DIY Christmas banner with old book pages. Vintage Book Page Christmas Banner. Easy DIY Christmas banner with old book pages.

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.

Vintage Book Page Christmas Banner. Easy DIY Christmas banner with old book pages.

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.

Vintage Book Page Christmas Banner. Easy DIY Christmas banner with old book pages.

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.

Vintage Book Page Christmas Banner. Easy DIY Christmas banner with old book 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.

Vintage Book Page Christmas Banner. Easy DIY Christmas banner with old book pages.

And here is the finished banner!

Vintage Book Page Christmas Banner. Easy DIY Christmas banner with old book pages. Vintage Book Page Christmas Banner. Easy DIY Christmas banner with old book pages. Vintage Book Page Christmas Banner. Easy DIY Christmas banner with old book pages.

Vintage Book Page Christmas Banner. Easy Christmas DIY banner made with old book pages.

Vintage Book Page Christmas Banner Vintage Book Page Christmas Banner. Easy Christmas DIY banner made with old book pages.

Vintage Book Page Christmas Banner. Easy DIY Christmas banner made with old book pages.

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: [email protected] I absolutely LOVE hearing from you, so don’t be shy!

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24 Comments

  1. Jana wrote:

    I love it Sarah! So easy!!!! Just love your posts!

    Posted 12.9.16 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Thanks so much Jana, you’re so sweet!

      Posted 12.9.16 Reply
  2. Kellie wrote:

    Sarah, this is so creative! i love it!! I am going to try it!

    Posted 12.9.16 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Thanks Kellie, I hope you give it a try!

      Posted 12.9.16 Reply
  3. Dees wrote:

    Beautiful! I love this so much, but where can I find an old crib spring???

    Posted 12.9.16 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Thank you Dee! I actually got that old crib spring from my mom–I believe it belonged to my grandma. But I’ve seen them at yard sales and on Craigslist!

      Posted 12.9.16 Reply
      • Dees wrote:

        Thank you! I managed to find one online last night. Can’t wait for it to get here!

        Posted 12.10.16 Reply
        • Sarah wrote:

          Oh great!

          Posted 12.10.16 Reply
  4. Cristin wrote:

    This is a little off topic but where did you get all of your cute little trees that are wrapped in burlap?

    Posted 12.9.16 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Hi Cristin! I’ve found a lot of those trees with burlap at Target and they’re also at Michael’s!

      Posted 12.9.16 Reply
      • Donalee wrote:

        I found several at At Home and Michael’s as well. After Sarah’s post a few weeks ago I had to go on a hunt for them.

        Posted 12.9.16 Reply
  5. I love how you keep it real and simple! Exactly what we all want or those without a certain skill set want. Fantastic! ????????

    Posted 12.9.16 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Aw thanks Kim! This one is super simple, I almost didn’t share it actually!

      Posted 12.9.16 Reply
  6. Jonita wrote:

    Love your post. I wish I could fine a baby bed springs . I been looking for one. One day I will fine one. LO

    Posted 12.9.16 Reply
  7. Donalee wrote:

    Thank you for posting this, I have definitely wanted to make this ever since your Christmas tree post. Have a great weekend!

    Posted 12.9.16 Reply
  8. Leigh wrote:

    I love the simple beauty of this, Sarah. You are so creative! ????

    Posted 12.9.16 Reply
  9. Doreen Sulfaro wrote:

    Sarah, I love this and will be put on the calendar to do for next year. No more room this year for more decor. Thinking of making one that says Happy Summer. Thinking warm thoughts. Happy Saturday.

    Posted 12.10.16 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Oh Doreen, you’ve got a great idea there! I’m all about summer and that warm weather! 🙂

      Posted 12.10.16 Reply
  10. Carrie Lockstaedt wrote:

    Oh this is sooo cute and sooo easy! I think I am going to try this with some old sheet music!

    Posted 12.10.16 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Great idea Carrie, that would be awesome too!!

      Posted 12.10.16 Reply
  11. Taylor wrote:

    What style dresser is that? I love it!!

    Posted 12.21.16 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Hi Taylor! I actually don’t know what the style it is, but it’s super old. I found it at Salvation Army and I painted it. You can see the before photos here: https://sarahjoyblog.com

      Posted 12.21.16 Reply
  12. Dottie Becker wrote:

    Great idea! Where did you get the foam stamps for the lettering?

    Posted 11.26.17 Reply

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