Use your favorite Mod Podge formula to create these DIY decorative books – perfect for unique home decor, and you can customize the colors!
Skills Required: None. Even if you’ve never crafted before, you should be able to accomplish this project. You’ll be painting and using Mod Podge and fabric to cover books.
This week I’m sharing a simple book makeover. I’m sure we all have extra books laying around the house. To be honest I’m kind of obsessed with buying books. I have boxes full of them.
When I started decorating my home with a coastal vibe I pulled out all my lighter colored books to display. I hated not displaying the darker books but they just didn’t fit my decor.
So I decided to give some of the darker books a makeover with some Fabric Mod Podge. You can use any formula of Mod Podge to complete this project, given that you’re not going to be washing anything. These are just for display.
Note: you will still be able to open your DIY decorative books when the project is complete. You’re simply decoupaging the cover with fabric, not the entire book.
DIY Book Decor
For this COOL project you’re going to need:
- Spray primer or white craft paint (optional)
- Mod Podge – any formula, I used Fabric
- Foam brush
- Mod Podge brayer
- Brush on sealer (optional)
I headed over to the fabric store for my material. I was really excited when I found a sale going on. Fabric quarters were $1.25 each, perfect size to cover my books. Then I gathered up the rest of my supplies to get started.
If desired, paint the books with primer or white craft paint. This is important if your fabrics are thin. Let dry before proceeding.
Step 1 – Iron Your Fabric
I decided on a couple lighter patterns and a couple “busy” patterns. I ironed the material first so we wouldn’t see any wrinkles. Then I was ready to add my Mod Podge.
Step 2 – Add Your Mod Podge
Cover one side of the book with the Mod Podge then gently place your fabric on top. I used a roller to help get any bubbles out. Then I did the same on the other side, letting it dry just a moment. I love that this stuff dries super fast.
Once you’ve covered both sides, let dry for about 15 – 20 minutes.
Step 3 – Cut Your Slits
Now it’s time to cut two slits on each side of the spine. Then I tucked the piece of fabric into the spine of the book. It’s fit perfectly!
Step 4 – Mod Podge Down the Inside
To finish off this craft, add a little Mod Podge to the inside of the book. Fold the sides over and firmly press down.
Then fold over the rest of the material (like a present) and Mod Podge into place.
If you’re going to stack the books, I *highly* recommend brushing them with a polycrylic sealer so that they don’t stick together. Let dry overnight before stacking.
My DIY decorative books are complete!! I had all four books done in no time.
Since I already had the Mod Podge on hand, I just had to spend a couple dollars on some fabric to get this craft done. Pretty cool!
These books are going to look great sitting on my nightstand in the bedroom!!
I can’t believe how cool these DIY decorative books turned out. The only tip I would suggest is getting a little thicker material then I did if you’re not going to paint. This is why I altered the instructions to include paint!
On one of the lighter covered books you could see the lettering through the material. But besides that it worked perfectly. I plan on doing several more of these for my entertainment center next!
- Spray primer or white craft paint
- Mod Podge
- Foam brush
- Mod Podge brayer
- If desired, paint the books with primer or white craft paint. This is important if your fabrics are thin. Let dry before proceeding.
- Iron your fabric so that it's flat and trim to be just larger than the book and the cover while open.
- Cover one side of the book with the Mod Podge then gently place the fabric on top and smooth. Repeat on the spine and other side. Let dry.
- Cut two slits on each side of the spine. Tuck the piece of fabric into the spine of the book. Add a little Mod Podge. Let dry.
- Open the front flap of the book. Trim the fabric down, fold like a present, and Mod Podge down to secure. Let dry with the flap open.
- Repeat the same thing on the back cover. Let dry with the flap open.
- Give the entire book a coat of Mod Podge and let dry. If desired, add a finishing coat of polycrylic and let dry.
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