I have a love for books! And I have way too many! Today’s post is all about using unwanted books to create fabulous, permanent, burlap covered books! These books are so upscale and work wonderfully to enhance everyday decor! Books can now look uniform and neat and very very chic! Once you cover a book or two you will be hooked! It does get quite addictive. I’m now covering books I use… because after making a couple of these burlappy books, I can cover them without messing up the book itself! Let’s get crafty and create burlap book covers!
Burlap covered books literally litter my home! I use them as risers in vignettes and as a neutral, textural background for my decor. If burlap is not your “thing” try linen or other decorator fabric that works with your decor.
Just think how incredible you books could look!!! Let’s get started!
- BURLAP- cut 2 inches longer than the book on all sides
- MOD PODGE
- FOAM ROLLER OR FOAM BRUSH
2. Pour a tiny, small pool of Mod Podge (not too much… you can always add more) onto the cover of a book. Cover the book with Mod Podge using a foam roller or brush.
3. Put the Mod Podged side of the book down on the burlap making sure there is 2 inches of extra burlap on all sides of the book. Press firmly.
Mod Podge the spine of the book and the back side of the book cover using # 2 instructions . Fold the burlap over the book pressing firmly. The outside of the book is now covered with burlap.
4. I use a small fan to dry the Mod Podge faster. This is optional but really cut down on drying time.
5. Cut two slits in the excess burlap on either side of the book’s spine
6. Cut the burlap on the diagonal at the points of each book corner as shown above.
7. Roll Mod Podge along the inside edges of the book cover, about the width of the excess burlap.
8. Fold the burlap over the top and bottom edges of the book, as shown (#1 and 2), and press the burlap to adhere to the inside of the book. I used clothespins to hold the burlap down until everything dries enough to stick together. You can turn the book over to work on the other cover if you use clothespins.
Fold the burlap over the remaining edge of the book, as shown (#3) and adhere it to the inside of the book, following directions #8.
9. The spine tail of burlap should be sticking out.
10. Widen the opening of the spine by inserting a dinner knife into it.
11. Use the dinner knife to push the burlap tail down into the hole in the spine. Brush Mod Podge down into the hole and tame any stray burlap threads with Mod Podge.
12. Dry completely and decorate!!!!
Here are a few of tips to help:
- books that are all one color work best. If the hard cover of the book is colorful it will show through most burlaps. You might want to paint the book first then cover it.
- If the title on the spine of the book is colorful or metallic and you don’t want it to show through Mod Podge an additional strip of burlap to the spine before covering the whole book with burlap
- i like the look of gold lettering on the spine showing through burlap on my books. Give it a try! Sorta classy!
- Burlap responds very well to Mod Podge. If there are any stray burlap threads, glue them with Mod Podge and clothespin them down until they stick to the book on their own.
- You can adhere the book’s end paper to the cover with Mod Podge to hide the raw ends of the burlap
- there are so many decorative burlap patterns to choose from… get creative!
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