Saturday, August 11, 2018

How To Make Book Letters

Hey, hey! I am so excited to participate in our Thrifted Home Décor Challenge and accept the challenge to repurpose an item for your home on a budget! If you are coming from Oh So Kel, I want to especially welcome you as we jump through some of these amazing ideas! If you haven't had a chance to read Kelly's post, you are missing out! Click here to bounce back to see her DIY Floral Hoop that you will definitely want to try this weekend!

Let's get started!

Some projects don't turn out the way you expect. This one, for instance, was a happy accident created from the failure of an attempted project. Anyone ever tried to make these...?
{Anthropologie Knock-Off} De DIY weekend editie: gave boekletters | Roomed (in Dutch)
They are adorable and at EVERY craft fair you go to. So they should be easy, right? WRONG. With the tools and the patience I had (not much by the end), this project could not get off the ground. And I had a lot riding on it. I was going to make some for a friend's birthday, I had grand plans of decorating my home with them, and I went out and bought over 20 Reader's Digest books because I was SO SURE this would be an easy project. I threw away (and threw across the garage) more books than I'm proud of. 


So out of that project came this one. An easy, quick, pride-rescuing project that turned out marvelously. I'm so pleased that I'm making some for two birthday parties :) Let's get started...
Supplies: (I'm excited to tell you because there are so few things needed for this simple project!)
  1. Books (shock)- Any type you want is fine, but they need to have a thick enough booty to stand up on their own. I use Reader's Digest because they are cheap and colorful.
  2. A pencil
  3. Scissors
  4. Painter's/scotch tape
  5. A box cutter
  6. My templates (These are custom made for Reader's Digest books, which have a very awkward size. I'll include the link to these at the bottom.)
Really? That's all? YES.

First, print and cut out the letters you are going to use. Be a smarty and only print out one if a letter duplicates #savethemtrees Once you have the letter cut out. Tape it lightly to the front cover of the book. 
Outline them in pencil. Why not just cut them from here? You probably could, but a cut is permanent. Personally, I'd rather draw it with a pencil, get the paper out of the way, check to make sure my lines are straight, and erase any stray marks.
Remove the paper and use your box cutter to lightly trace lines along your pencil line. A lot of Reader's Digest books have a repeating pattern that you can use to help you stay straight. Once you have the shallow cut, start to dig in deeper until you reach through to the back of the cover. Don't panic about nicking the first few pages; we're going to remove them.
Pop out the cover pieces and you already have a gorgeous piece of art!
Now, let's let the words shine through. Take your box cutter and run it near the binding on the pages. Take out the first few pages until you find one with lots of words or a cool picture. 
So gorgeous! Talk about a fun, unique gift that (if you get the books at a good price) won't break your bank!
Here's a video to show the whole process...
Oh, yeah! You can't start this project without the Book Letter Templates! Why did I make them the way I did? 3 reasons: 1. They have to attach the the cover in some way or the cover will fall off. 2. They needed to be flat on the bottom so they can stand up. 3. Straight lines are way easier!

Click on the picture below to download the templates! 
Have you tried these? Post some pictures for us to fall in love with! Have you ever had a project frog that turned into a prince? Tell us about it in the comments below! And don't forget to pin this for later!

Oh, but we aren't even close to done! If you're ready to fall in love with another gorgeous project, you HAVE to check out Tasha at Rufus and Henrietta and her incredible post on an awesomely simple DIY Wall Hanging that you will definitely want in your home!

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  1. This turned out SO good! I like how you left some book pages, definitely going to have to try this out.

  2. I have had a stack of cute reader's digests but have been too intimidated by the actual cutting part to try it out. I really like the way you did these so I think I'll try it your way. Thanks for the inspo!

  3. This is a funny project to make! Thanks for the idea!

  4. Wow! I never thought about doing this, but I love them. I will have to try it.


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