Welcome to day 13 of Blogmas! Today I am going to be doing something that I haven’t done in nearly 5 years on here and that is a DIY! And better than that it is a Christmas, bookish DIY! So a few months ago I saw some DIY Christmas decorations on Pinterest and I thought to myself, I can do that and I make that bookish, so today I thought that I would share them with you and tell you how I made them so that you can give it a go-to. so, let’s do this!
So I made two different styles of baubles. Here is the first one….
For this, you will need
- PV glue
- A sponge brush
- An old book (you can use words typed on paper, but I found actual book pages work better)
- A polystyrene ball (various sizes are good if you are making a lot)
- Hot glue gun or superglue
So you start by cutting a ripping a few pages out of an old book. I used a book that was destined for the charity shop anyway. Each one uses between 2 and about 5 pages, depending on the size of the ball. Once you have your pages ripping it up into small/medium-sized chunks. The less uniform the prices are, the better. I did try cutting them with a craft knife but it didn’t look right. you want rough edges and odd shapes.
Next, you just start gluing the bits of paper to the ball, one piece at a time. I found that it worked best with a sponge brush instead of a normal brush. And I do a thin layer of PVA, stick the piece of paper down and then go over it with PVA to fully adhere it. patting it, instead of swiping is also helpful, especially for the first few pieces. Slowly add more pieces to it, use a mixture of different sizes and just take your time. If it doesn’t look right, don’t worry!
Once you have completely covered your ball, leave it to dry for a few hours. I found it best to balance the ball on an old cap from a cosmetic product, but anything like that would do. a bottle cap for example. Once it is dry go back and add some more pieces of paper. Add them anywhere where you aren’t completely happy with the way it looks, and just keep repeating this process until you are completely happy.
Once you are happy you have two choices. You can leave it as-is for a slightly rougher, more textured finish (thins is what I prefer) or you can go over it with PVA glue a couple of times. Fully covering it. this will give a slight shine to the ball once dry and secure everything down and make it a bit smoother. I prefer the rougher look, but that is personal preference
Then all you have to do is hot glue a loop of ribbon onto the top of the ball (super glue would work too) and also a bow if you want to and you are done. These are super straight forward but look so sweet! I actually applied the same method to a polystyrene Christmas tree that I found in Hobby Craft and I love the way that it turned out!
And then there is also the other type of bauble….
For this, you will need
- Fill your own baubles (you can get these at the craft store, online or places like Poundland. I got mine from Wilko)
- An old book
- A craft knife
- Cutting mat
- A ruler
- Hot glue
So for this one what you need to do is cut some pages out of an old book (I used the same one as before) with a craft knife. Once you have some pages cut, take one sheet, put it on a cutting mat and line the ruler up along the lines of text. You want to cut out each individual line of text. You will need to do this to about 2 paperback pages per bauble. You can also cut the stripes the other way (lengthways down the page), I don’t think that this looks as good, and it makes the next step significantly harder, but either way works.
Once you have them all cut out you need to curl them. I found that the method that you use to curl ribbon works perfectly. Gently drag the strip of paper over a blade a few times, until curled. Once curled, start to place them inside of a bauble. Pile it up enough to fill the bauble, I find that 2 pages worth is pretty perfect. Once you have filled the bauble up, seal it and pop a little bit of superglue into the join, just for some added security. Add a ribbon and hot glue on a bow (optional) and you are good to go. I also added tiny glass beads into some of mine before I sealed them and I love how it looks. Just adds a little extras texture to them.
Ad there we have it. those are some really easy, DIY bookish decorations. Please let me know if you have liked this post and would like me to do more next year. I would love to be able to make a completely bookish themed tree next year. I hope that you have enjoyed today’s post and I will see you all again very soon.