November 7, 2013

DIY Snowflake Books

How to make DIY snowflake books using white paint and doilies! LOVE this!

Jesse and I just got back from a mini vacation visiting his sweet parents this week. It was a much needed few days of relaxation and I returned home in total Christmas-mode. I don't even know how it happened. I swear I was waving to trick or treaters on my way out of town. But resistance is futile. My Christmas wheels have been set in motion.







So, yeah.
My inspiration goes into overdrive this time of year, and I'm hoping to share all sorts of fun creations with you over the next month or so. This will be my second Christmas season as a blogger, and I plan to tackle it with both hands. I'll also be sharing the occasional non-holiday-related project, too (like the mantel tutorial I'll be sharing on Monday), so hopefully there will be a little something for everyone.
I aim to please, even though these two little manhands can only do so much. :)

Yesterday, I kicked off my holiday decorating by whipping out my decoupage and creating some snowflake covered books. 

How to make DIY snowflake books using white paint and doilies! LOVE this!



I have tons of old books that I've collected through the years. I love to read, and although I mostly use my e-reader these days, I still occasionally pick up a pretty book for a dollar or so at the thrift store. I usually try to find books in hues of blue, green, and black. 

How to make DIY snowflake books using white paint and doilies! LOVE this!

Yesterday, I tried something I've been wanting to try for awhile. 
I painted my books white.
And then I decoupaged some foil baking doilies on them.
Voila. Snowflake covered books.

How to make DIY snowflake books using white paint and doilies! LOVE this!

They turned out so pretty that I'm going to have a really hard time not painting one million more books white.
I mean, I'll try to fight it, but let's be rational.

How to make DIY snowflake books using white paint and doilies! LOVE this!

I just love the way they look. They make for great holiday decorations, and would also be a really neat handmade gift idea. You could paint and decoupage just about any book and write a little message to the recipient inside. 
Although, for me, that idea is more in theory. I live in a world where my brother gift wraps a plunger. Because that's what my Christmas 2012 looked like.

Anyways, they were so easy to make.
Here's how I did it.

How to make DIY snowflake books using white paint and doilies! LOVE this!

For supplies, you'll need the following:
Books
White paint (I used leftover semi-gloss house paint.)
Paintbrush
Foam roller
Mod Podge (I used matte because I had it on hand, but I would recommend gloss for a more finished look.)
Doilies (I used foil baking doilies. You can find silver doilies here and gold doilies here. They're kind of amazing.)
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The first thing I did was paint all of the books. I coated them with a coat of primer first (so that the paint would stick to the glossy covers) and then coated them with two coats of white paint.



How to make DIY snowflake books using white paint and doilies! LOVE this!

Once the paint was dry, I attached the foil doilies with Mod Podge, pushing the doilies into the crevices of the binding.

How to make DIY snowflake books using white paint and doilies! LOVE this!

Once the initial layer was dry, I put one coat of Mod Podge over the top of the doilies to seal them. 

How to update old books with white paint, Mod Podge, and foil doilies! LOVE this idea!

Once they were dry, I was free to run about my house, trying them out in all sorts of different locations.

How to make DIY snowflake books using white paint and doilies! LOVE this!



How to make DIY snowflake books using white paint and doilies! LOVE this!

They seriously looked great just about everywhere.

How to make DIY snowflake books using white paint and doilies! LOVE this!

I know. I'm ridiculous. 
Anyways, that's all for today, ya'll. :)

To see more holiday posts, you can check these out:

 Thanks for stopping by! I appreciate ya'll so much!


How to make DIY snowflake books using white paint and doilies! LOVE this!






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13 comments:

  1. I love this little DIY project. So feminine and festive!

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  2. this is such a clever idea
    i am sooo gonna try it

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  3. These are so cute! And I love your collection of blue, green, and black books!

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  4. I covered some of my music books in white homemade book covers. That way if/when I want to have the original covers I just need to remove them. I just used two sheets of typing paper. Worked like a charm and then they coordinated with my decor :-) But I LOVE the idea of just painting old books and OH yours look fabulous with those foil doilies. Great idea!

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  5. Oh these are lovely...you do tempt me!

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  6. Oh too cute!!! You have the best ideas. You know they would also be so pretty for a hand made guest book at a wedding, or you could do them pink or blue for a baby book gift...or a journal--- the possibilities are endless!!

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  7. What do you mean by foil baking doilies? I always have different sizes of paper doilies that I line a plate or tray with for special occassions..I have some old books or can buy them cheap..do you spray paint the books first before using modpodge? How do you paint the books without painting the pages? Silly question but I've never done any such projects but those you show are beautiful!

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  8. what an amazing idea!! i cant wait to try this! =)

    www.lesley-kim.com

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  9. Looks beautiful! You could also use freezer wrap to cover the books.

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  10. Virginia, I love the books that are covered in what you refer to as foil paper doilies. They are beautiful! I buy the paper doilies that come in a pack to line my trays or a nice glass/china dish for a pretty presentation of baked goods. Is this what you are talking about? I usually buy these paper doilies in grocery store..do I need to go to party goods store for the "foil" dolies?

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