I love making unique crafts that create conversation. This project is one of my favorites. It is somewhat more difficult than other projects that I have done, requiring a few hours of patience, but it is incredibly rewarding and a delightful addition to any home. They can also make original gifts that can really impress.
Choose Your Book
This part is pretty important to create a successful project. Depending upon the size of the letters and the length of the words to make will depend upon the size of the book required. I typically do not use books less than 300 pages. to make sure that the letters are formed well. Hard-cover books are required so that they stand up when you finish. Actual sizes can vary quite a bit. The ones that I have done I have found at local thrift stores. If you’re not in a hurry and are patient you can find some amazing books with interesting covers. However, any old book can work by simply covering the front and back cover with fabric and a hot glue gun. I was lucky enough to stumble upon this book. It has this beautiful and colorful embossed image on the front cover that I adore. The total cost of this book is $2.
Choose Your Word
“Choose your words carefully” is absolutely imperative when it comes to doing this project. Be concise and to the point, especially for the first few books. Don’t be afraid of symbols either, they can make a fun addition to the book. Consider words like ‘love’ or ‘fun’. I used the word ‘Tour’ to go with a travel type theme. Try some uppercase letters or all lowercase. Don’t be intimidated by cursive, but don’t get too wild with the fonts. Start easy and work up to something more intense.
Print off a copy of the words in the exact font and size that you want it to show up on the book.
Mark the half-way point on the word on the paper and aim to have that point by the middle of the book.
Make sure to fold along the bottom of the paper with the word on it to ensure that the page stays at the same level the entire time of the folding.
Make a mark on the top and bottom of the book and fold the book pages from the word, until the marks at the top and bottom of the book.
Feed the paper with the word into the book one page at a time.
There are a couple of ways to finish. Sometimes the book and letters look just fine as-is. Some others need to be held together a little bit to make sure that the letters are easier to be read. One of the ways is to get a Popsicle stick and hot glue the bottom of the book together to hold its position.
Another way is to hot glue ribbons to the insides of the covers of the book and tie it in the front with a bow.
Add some paper on the front and back to cover to embellish. This project has a traveling theme so I used some fun world travel paper.
Here is another book that I made for my husband and I when we got married. For neat ways to organize one of these books on your bookshelf check out this post on Styling Your Bookcases.