Monday, July 29, 2013

Book Mobile


A little while back B.J. bought a book called The Repurposed LIbrary as a gift for me from Anthropologie.  It's filled with fun crafts and decorating ideas all made from books.  I was drawn to the book mobile that's pictured on the front cover and I decided our dine-in library would be the perfect spot to hang one.


There was a great tutorial in the book on how to glue the individual pages and create the overall look, but it got a little fuzzy for me when it came time to attach the pages to the book cover and hang it.  I'll do my best to walk you through my thought process, but this was definitely one of those projects that I had to play around with and in the end it looked decent enough to hang.

First, I found a book that I didn't mind taking apart.  Unfortunately I don't love the cover of this random book, but I used what I had.  I think it would be easy enough to change out the cover if I come across a fun, vintage book.  Next, I used an exacto knife to remove all the pages from the cover.  I kind of destroyed the binding of my book cover in the process.  Oops.  Then, I started making loops with individual pages and used hot glue to attach the edges.


I glued four loops together as the main starting point.  From there I continued gluing individual loops in a random design that I liked.



I wanted to make sure the top was sturdy so I stapled it a few times.


I covered the staples with washi tape because originally I was going to hang it without the book cover.  That's a step I didn't need to do because in the end I added the cover.  Remember when I said things got a little fuzzy in the end?  That starts now.  After digging through drawers to find something to attach the mobile to the book cover, I came across a random wire with hooks on both ends.  I hooked one end to the paper mobile, then shoved it through the book cover and attached a string on the other end.  Clear as mud?  Good.


Finally, I put a hook in the ceiling and hung it up.  And, you probably noticed that I covered part of the book cover with scrapbook paper to make it a little more colorful.  The original blue color kind of faded away into the dark walls. 
 

So that's that.  If you have an old book laying around and you're in the mood to destroy something, this is a project for you!  Speaking of books, we're only days away from August, the dreaded back to school month.  I better get busy soaking up sweet summer time.  Pin It

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