I was recently walking through a mall and went into a store I had never been to (or even heard of) - Restoration Hardware. What an awesome store! Unfortunately...Waaaaaay out of my price range, but awesome stuff none the less! Anyway, as I was wandering through the store, and lusting after many of their items, I came across a very simple item and thought, "Hey! I could make that!!!" It was a stack of books that had their covers removed! Yep! That's all it was... all for the low, low price of $29.00!!! YIKES!!! Would someone really pay that much for 4 old books with their covers ripped off?? In their catalog they are listed as "New - Set of 4 Antiques Uncovered Book Bundles". Here are a couple of pictures I took with my phone camera (on the sly of course) in the store.
Anyway, it didn't take me very long (like maybe 2 seconds) to figure out that I could make a fairly good reproduction of this lovely item. I probably have some old books around the house that I could use, but instead I decided to make a quick trip to our local Goodwill store and rip apart some books that I don't care about. I checked their book selection carefully. You want to get "older" books, perhaps even a bit "yellowed". One thing that is important... you need to make sure the cover can be completely removed - especially from the spine, and will leave a "textured" spine. I was so excited to get started on this (very COMPLICATED) project that I forgot to take pictures of the work in progress, but I think you can probably figure it out all by yourself. It took me about 5 (very exhausting) minutes to rip apart carefully remove the book covers and tie them up with some twine. I have some old tags, so I tied one of those on as well and added a stamp on it to finish it off.
Total cost? $5 for the books. Total savings? $24... not including tax!!! Whatcha think?
I don't think I did to bad. PHEW!!! That was a tough one!!!
I love the Lord, love my hubby (married over 35 years), and love my family. I’ve done almost every craft imaginable, and enjoy learning how to do new things – especially anything that can be used to decorate my home! Initially started my own company "I Do Designs" to create wedding invitations (thus the "I Do") and other unique, one-of-a-kind designs for my customers.