You KNOW how I love old books. Crafting with the pages and decorating with them. I found this cute little shelf with itty bitty books on it several years ago:
I had never seen books that small (other than the ‘novelty’ type friendship and love books you find at Hallmark stores) so I was inspecting them closely to see if I could find any clues as to where or how I might find more of these precious little nuggets.
To my amazement and wonderment I realize that they are REGULAR size books that have been ‘chopped down’!!! Whoddathunk?!?!? They were VERY well glued in place so I succumbed to selling them ‘as found’. But they never sold. So I bought them home and decided I’d again attempt to get them off the shelf so I could remove the covers.
About an hour (and a few curse words) later, I had some beautiful NEKKID itty bitty books!!! I love them so SO much! I want MORE. Oh Michaellllllllllllllllllllllllllllll . . . . “Do you think you could chop down some old books for me?”
I showed him the ones I had bought and we pondered how they might have been cut down. I finally concluded that it was probably done on a commercial paper cutter; like a book binder would have. So then we mulled over the power tool options that we thought might work, and he decided to try the chop saw. With no guarantees. I was more than willing to sacrifice a book or two if it ultimately meant I could have more itty bitty book bundles!
We decided to try paper backs first, so I gave him two of them to have a go at. They cut in half just fine, so I had him make a secondary cut; ultimately cutting them into about 1/4 of their original size. They were a little too ‘fat’ now that they were smaller, so I tore them in half. Now to make them look like they were originally hard bound books instead of just paper backs. This is where the FUN begins!
I tea stained some old dictionary pages to use, as well as some plain paper and used bits of tea stained cheesecloth here and there. (because on REAL old hard cover books there is a cheesecloth looking fabric in the binding when you tear it off)
Added some other things is the same color palette from elsewhere in my booth.
I’m thinking these books need to come home for a make over next trip! Now that I have figured how to BETTER make them look old! (and have accumulated a lot of old keys to embellish them with!) A little more time and effort spent on them will yield a better selling price.
I have several nests under cloches right now, but the old book bundles are prefect on the cake stands and under cloches too!
* * * * * EDITED TO ADD * * * * * If you normally don’t read or leave comments, I hope you will read the second comment left on this post and share your opinion on it with me. Not trying to start another big debate, but I’m sincerely curious as to how you view this kind of thing. And PLEASE know that these are OLD books that were already very tattered and worn and torn and tossed out by others.
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