UPCYCLE OLD BOOKS INTO BEAUTIFUL HOME DECOR

Looking for what to do with all your old books?  Don’t toss them out! Here’s how to use IOD Molds and IOD Stamps to upcycle old books into beautiful home decor.

Upcycling books is easy if you have a few tips.  I also want to share where you can find IOD Molds and IOD Stamps and what I use to upcycle books.

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image of an upcycled book using IOD Rose Toile stamp
Decorative book with Rose Toile Stamp
image of book used in an Upcycle Books tutorial
Before picture of DIY decorative book.

All you need to get started is a book; Just any ordinary hardback book.  The Dollar Tree is a great source.

 UPCYCLE BOOKS: SUPPLIES USED

 

STEP 1 –  PAINT: EASIEST WAY TO UPCYCLE BOOKS

image of Painting book cover in an Upcycle Books tutorial
Painting Book Cover

Brush  1-2  coats of paint on your book covers, inside and out. This will help keep it from warping! Let dry. I am using DIY Paint which is my favorite! It covers pretty much anything! For the book in this particular project, I used DIY paint in the color Crinoline. (Picture shows white, but Crinoline is actually a cream).

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STEP 2 – UPCYCLE BOOKS WITH AN IOD STAMP

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image of rolling paint on stamp using a brayer
Rolling paint on stamp

The Rose Toile stamp comes with several pieces.  Decide which pieces you want to use and pour out the paint color that you want the stamp to be; in this case, I used the color Aviary.  Load your brayer with the paint and then roll onto the stamp.

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BUY THE BRAYER HERE

image of Pressing IOD stamp on book
Pressing stamp on book

Lay your stamp down on the book and gently press down, trying not to shift the stamp.

image stamping book with IOD Stamp for an Upcycle Books tutorial

Repeat with all the stamp pieces you want to use.

STEP 3 – UPCYCLE BOOKS WITH MOLD CASTINGS

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image of Trimmings 3 mold

Next I added some molds, starting with the Trimmings 3 mold.

image of pressing IOD clay in Trimmings 3 mold

Lightly dust the mould you want to use with Corn Starch. (This just helps the clay to release easily).  Tear off a piece of the air dry clay,  roll into a snake like shape; then press into one of the molds. Remove excess clay along the edges with your thumb.

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image of releasing clay casting from mold

Slightly bend mould to release clay shape and let dry.

image of painting a mold casting

When the clay trim was dry, I painted it with the same color I stamped with. I normally wait to paint clay pieces after I’ve glued them on, but in this case I thought it would be easier to do it before, since I was using a different color.

image of gluing painted mold casting on book

Make all the molds you want to use and glue on using Titebond quick and thick glue. Paint the clay pieces once they’re glued down.

The little lock on the front came from the Lock & Key Mold.

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STEP 4 – PAINT MOLD CASTINGS

image of painting spine of book in an Upcycle Books tutorial

Just continue to have fun! I decided to paint the spine area with the Aviary green color. I painted the little lock with the Crinoline color.

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STEP 5 – SEAL UPCYCLED BOOK

image of sealing with clear wax

Now you just want to seal the paint! I first used clear wax.  You can stop right after that if you like that look!  The DIY paint dries lighter until it’s top coated.  See the brightness coming back out?

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    image of wiping white wax back on book

    I then added a little white wax and wiped off to soften and age. I later decided to add a touch of gold metallic paint along the edges of the lock to make it look a little rusty.

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    image of decorative book using the IOD Rose Toile stamp
    Decorative book with Rose Toile Stamp

    I just love how it turned out! It’s definitely one of my favorites! If you’d like to watch a video tutorial, you can check that out HERE.

    I love this project so much! Here is another one that I’ve done! You can watch the quick video tutorial HERE .

    image of decorative books on a shelf
    image of decorative books on shelf

    For this book, I used the Wings & Feathers Mold. Check out all my Molds HERE.

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