Book Decor-An Easy DIY to Create Beautiful Botanical Books

Create easy DIY book decor with these french-inspired botanical books. They will light up any space in your home.

Hey, crafty friends! Do you love to use book decor in your home?

Well, look no further than these DIY French Botanical Books. Not only are they beautiful, but they’re also easy to make. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to create your very own French Botanical Books in just a few simple steps. So what are you waiting for? Get started today!

DIY French Botanical Books for Home Decor

My love for French Botanical Books

 I love books, and today I am sharing how to make DIY french botanical 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 create a visually pleasing display or use the books as a conversation piece.

I have never heard that you must stick with shelving to house your books. You can store books in just about anything and 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 Book Decor in your Home

Arranging books by color is a stylish way to display them.

The books are used to create a beautiful rainbow of design. Using this method adds pretty pops of color to the room, making an interesting sense of visual contrast and a touch of playfulness.

You can decorate a wall with old books by attaching the bindings of the books to the wall.

wall book
library of books arranged by color

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 paperback books for under a buck!
Turn them into art as I have with these French-inspired botanical books I have used to decorate my shelves and mantel.

DIY French Botanical Books for Home Decor


Brown Wood Distressed Large Dough Bowl
Large Distressed Wooden four legged pedestal
Wood Capital Base

Complete step-by-step instructions to make French Botanical Books for Home Decor

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

Tear off the covers of the books.

Botanical Books

Printing your Images for Your Botanical Books

(You want to use a laser printer, so the ink does not bleed)
Adjust the image size 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 of books.

prints for botanical books

Use a can of spray glue to attach the image to the books, or you can use Mod Podge. The paper may bubble a little, so smooth the bubbles with your fingers.

Let this dry for an hour or so.

DIY French Botanical Books for Home Decor

Next, you want to put a coat of Mod Podge over the image and let this dry for a few hours.

Again, you may see a few bubbles; rub them with your fingers; I find when the books are dry, the bubbles mostly go away.

Using a very sharp Exacto knife, cut in between each book.
Push the edges of the paper into the creases of the books and paint on another layer of Mod Podge.

DIY French Botanical Books for Home Decor

Let this dry for a few hours.

DIY French Botanical Books for Home Decor

You can leave your books like this or antique them with dark wax.
I like to mix some clear wax with the dark wax, apply it with a dry brush, and then use a paper towel to wipe off any excess. I love this look as it makes the books look vintage.


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

DIY French Botanical Books for Home Decor
books displayed,
DIY French Botanical Books for Home Decor

Now you can pair these beautiful books with the flower pots from my post on Instagram.

I hope you enjoyed this super easy DIY. I love making book stacks and displaying them in my house. So if you give it a try, please e-mail me at [email protected]; I would love to see what you create.

Happy Crafting!


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    1. Thank you Rachel. It feels good to be home and back in the swing of things.


    I would love to see the book crafts but unfortunately the large number of ads popping all over the page make it impossible..

    1. Ugh, I hate to hear this Susan, I have just recently had my site re-done and need to get the ad space-optimized. I apologize for that. You can click the x to make them go away.

  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!

  3. 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!

    1. 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.

  4. 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.

    1. 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.

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

    1. Thank you so much Kippi, I hope you give it a try.

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

  7. 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 🙂

    1. 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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