A DIY to Create Beautiful French Botanical Books for Home Decor

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Botanical Books, I have a real love for books, not only do I love to read, but I love to decorate with books. They can add so much to a space. You can use books to create a visually pleasing display or use the books as a conversation piece, the possibilities are truly endless.

I have never heard that you have to stick with shelving to house your books. You can store books in just about anything and even create a fun display with them.
You could use a wagon to hold books in a child’s room or
place books on a coffee table, the options are virtually endless.

Arranging books by color is one of the most popular ways to decorate with books. The books are used to create a beautiful rainbow of design. Using this method adds pretty pops of color to the room, creating an interesting sense of visual contrast, as well as a touch of playfulness.

For me, I love to re-purpose my books into the decor, so when you are finished reading your books, don’t throw them away! Or if you don’t read, head to the thrift store and pick up a few for under a buck!
Turn them into art as I have with these beautiful French-inspired botanical books I have used as decor for the spring.

Botanical Books

Botanical Books

Start with a stack of three or four books that are the same size and thickness.

Botanical Books

 

Tear off the cover.

 

Botanical Books

Print an image you would like to adhere to the binding of your books for display. (You want to use a laser printer so the ink does not bleed )
Adjust the size of the image to the size of your books before printing.

I chose to use a french botanical theme with insects and a rabbit, I even put my sweet granddaughter on one stack.

 

I used a glue gun to attach the books, then spray glued the image onto the binding of the books.
Let this dry for about 30 min.

Then modge podge over the image, lets this dry for a few hours.

You may see you can get a few bubbles, just rub them with your fingers, I find when the books are finally dry, the bubbles mostly go away.

Using a very shape Exacto knife, cut in between each book.
Push the edges of the paper into the creases of the books and add another layer of modge podge.

Let this dry for a few hours.

Trim the paper to fit just on the binding of the books.

You can leave your books like this, or you can antique them with some chalk paint wax.
I like to mix some clear with the dark wax, apply with a dry brush, and then use a paper towel to wipe off what I don’t want. I love this look as it makes the books look aged or vintage.

Lastly I wrapped the books with twine and added a few branches with greenery for decor on the top of a few. Use your creativity when decorating your books to make them fit into your home decor.

 

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10 Comments

  1. What a beautiful, creative and clever DIY! I am so excited to feature your post at Tuesday Turn About this week. Thank you so much for sharing!

  2. What a beautiful, creative and clever DIY! I am so excited to feature your post at Tuesday Turn About this week. Thank you so much for sharing!

    • wendy says:

      Thank you so much Lynne, I am so honored to be featured for your link party. These books are very easy and add so much to your decor.

  3. Leslie says:

    May I ask why tear the covers off? Why not just paint over the covers and then use your prints on top and follow the instructions you give. Just a thought.

    • wendy says:

      Hi Leslie, thank you for your suggestion. However, sometimes you may see the print of the cover through the paper.
      If it is a light-colored book it would be fine.
      If you try it, let me know how it works.
      Thank you for your suggestion and I hope you enjoy the project.

  4. Kippi says:

    What a clever idea for old books. I adore the texture and designs.
    Have a wonderful day,
    Kippi

  5. Kippi Ohern says:

    What a clever idea for old books. I adore the texture and designs.
    Have a wonderful day,
    Kippi

  6. Rebecca says:

    I love this craft, Wendy! The French Botanical Prints are so cool. Thanks for sharing at Celebrate Your Story! Link Party. You’ve been featured this week 🙂

    • wendy says:

      Thank you so much Rebecca, I was so honored. I will be back soon with some more
      fun ideas. Thank you for hosting, you do a lovely job.

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