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HOW I MADE THE BOOK PAGE JUNK FRAME
This was not a very complicated project. My projects never are! All you need is:
- Your piece of wood
- An old book
- Decoupage medium & paint brush
- Hammer & small nails
- Whatever you wish to display!
The only part of the project that requires some planning is the layout of the book pages. Once you’ve decided on which book you want
to destroy use, set about tearing out how ever many pages you will need. You could certainly cut them with an exacto knife but I wanted mine to look a little “worn” so I tore them – very carefully. Decide how many pages you’ll need and lay them out in advance.
I did not make the pages go in order so that you could read them (like a book) which my son found disappointing. If you’re using a favorite book, (like I did), you might want to choose from several favorite sections of the book (like I did). Laying all of the pages out in advance lets you move quickly once you begin with the decoupage medium. I used Martha Stewart Crafts Decoupage Multi Surface Durable Matte Finish. According to the label – if you follow the directions – you can run this stuff through the dishwasher and leave it out in the rain when you’re through with it! Pretty impressive! I won’t repeat the label instructions to you here – but I will tell you that you’ll have to apply one layer to your board and one layer to the back of your book pages. The instructions require several more layers over top – but I decided that I wanted the pages to remain as “book looking” as I could get them. Even though this is a matte finish, I knew it would give a bit of shine – and I didn’t want that.
I didn’t follow the rules. What else is new?
Now, for all that I like things to look “worn” and I can’t pass up a good patina, I hate it when things look sloppy. I wanted to miter the corners and it would drive me crazy if they came out crooked… I found that just by folding the pages over carefully and lining them up as I folded – I got a perfect 45 degree angle.
I added a few more details – right now it’s up on the mantel in my dining room – as the main attraction in my Fall Mantel (which you can see, in full, right here, later this week!) and it’s the vintage hammers and the agriculture sign that got to stay. Don’t forget – beauty is in the details – and sometimes beauty (and craft supplies) come from the hardware store!
Lastly, the vintage hammers are hung, very simply, with tiny little “wire nails”. I put the board flat on the dining room table and positioned the hammers where I wanted them and then just put in the very small wire nails where I knew they would support the hammers and not let them move. The three hammers that were right side up were simple – the one that was upside down was just a little harder – but I just slid the little nails into some nooks in the contour of the handle and tapped them in – solid as a rock!
So – tell me – which one is your favorite??
Personally? I’m kind of in love with all of them! And I already have a plan for CHRISTMAS!!
Now!! I told you that you’d want to stick around till the very end! This is the part where you get to meet the rest of the Junkers United Pinning Team! All of us have joined up today to bring you one fantastic project each – but we have all been working behind the scenes for weeks creating a truly inspiring Junkers United Pin Board on Pinterest. It’s the best of the Junking best from our own blogs as well as all over blogland, conveniently curated for YOU by US!!
Junkers United Pin Board – Click HERE to visit!!
And here we all are!!
(I’ve always wanted to be part of a team!!)
Now, it’s time for you to meet the team “in person”. Go on and follow the links below to visit their blogs and see the what wonderful Junk project they have to share with you today! I’ve had a sneak peek at most of them and they are really fantastic!
Susan at Home Road
Bliss at Bliss Ranch
Becky at Beyond the Picket Fence
Laurel at Chipping With Charm
Carlene at Organized Clutter
Angie at Knick of Time
breida at breida with a b.
Now! If you’ve got anything YOU would like to share with US, go on ahead and Link it up below! We’ll be checking out the Link Party and Pinning our favorites to the Junkers Unite Pin Board!