This was such a fun and easy project to do and I had this completed in just a few short hours!
I’ve seen projects like this on Pinterest and faux farmhouse books at Hobby Lobby. I wanted the satisfaction of making my own.
Supplies you will need
Three books approximately the same sizes in height, width, and thickness. I used books I already had. Another option is checking the free section at your local library, garage sales or thrift shops.
2 Paint colors of your choice, I used Dixie Belle’s Fluff, which is one of their whites with really good coverage. For the lettering I used Caviar which is Dixie Belles Black. This is the same color I’m painting my farmhouse table!
If you want a white color with more of the book showing through, their Cotton is a sterile like white. Or for an antique look you could go with their Sand Bar or Burlap colors, their off white to beige.
Stencils I made with my Silhouette and contact paper! Link to get your own Silhouette in photo and “My Favorite Products” on my website
Paint Brush or foam brush and sandpaper (either fine grit or a piece that has been well used)
Stencil: For those who have a Cricut or Silhouette, you can make your own stencil for the binding and personalize it however you want. For the sake of this project, I am going to assume if you have one of these awesome cutters and you know how to make your own stencil and apply them. If not, message me and I will do a post on how to make your own! If not, Hobby Lobby sells stencils in their craft section.
I bought black and brown jute and used the brown jute with black and white buffalo plaid as decorations on my finished books.
Embellishments. You can either display your completed books without any wrappings. I chose to wrap mine with jute rope and buffalo plaid ribbon for a dressed up rustic touch. I purchased my embellishments at Hobby Lobby. I believe between the two items, the jute rope was the most expensive at $2.99 which I used my 40% off coupon to make it more cost effective.
This is my favorite part, painting!
Crack open your paint color of choice, I used Fluff and started painting the covers of my books. I also painted mine along the edge and flipped the cover open and got around the edges on the insides also.
If your going for a rustic look, one coat may be enough for you. I decided to go over some areas lightly with a second coat. Mind you, there were some areas of these book binding that were red. This paint covered these areas wonderfully!
Once these areas are dry, we are ready for the next step.
Apply your stencil to the book binding. Normally, after applying the stencil to my project I apply a light coat of the background paint or Mod Podge over the stencil to seal the stencil to help prevent bleeds when the stencil is removed.
However since my binding had the title of the book etched in, the surface was going to be too rough for the stencil to lay completely flat, I decided to go for it, and accept the bleeds. I’ll show you how to use that to your advantage here in a little bit!
I went straight for the Caviar, loaded my brush with a little paint and started “poucing” my brush lightly over the stencil.
You can’t tell it here, but I am moving my brush up and down off the book to pounce the paint on. This technique helps to minimize bleeding of paint under the stencil.
Poucing is a “technical term” for applying paint in a motion where you moving the brush up and down, in a bouncing motion. The theory is when stenciling, if you move your brush side to side that only helps to push the paint under the stencil, where we really don’t want it.
Here, I have already removed the stencil but the paint is not dry. I will need to let it dry before removing the inside of these letters.
I immediately pulled the stencil up after painting. I usually wait until the paint is dry, but with the high humidity in my area, my stencils had been pulling up some paint with it.
I don’t want to go that rustic.
I removed the inside of the letters (such as the inside of an “9”, “e”, and “a”) after the paint was dry.
Once dry, I lightly sanded over the letters just to make the paint look a little older, personal choice. The light sanding will help camouflage any bleeds you may have. I had a few and this worked great!
Normally when I paint, I apply a sealer to my projects. With these, I will let time take care of that. Dixie Belle paints have a sealer in them and for the purpose of this project, that is enough for me!
Time to add your embellishments! Here I added both ribbon and jute. I have seen these wrapped and unwrapped on Pinterest. It’s your choice! I am not the best bow maker, I’m working on that. I did not use any glue, I just tied the jute string in a knot since I would like to read these books at a later date!
Here is my final project! I absolutely love this idea and these would make great personalized gifts to give to others!
I hope this project inspired you to try it yourself.
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On a Personal Note:
Did you hear the news? I have a YouTube channel, Melissa Peterson Designs!
I plan to add videos of my future projects soon.
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I hope you have a GREAT week, until next Sunday,
My current audiobook
I just finished Rachel Hollis recent audiobook, Girl Stop Apologizing and enjoyed each chapter. My biggest take away to Ms Hollis book is asking for help so we don’t become overwhelmed! How may of us believe we can handle it all and we don’t need help? Me! She offers GREAT ADVICE on why we should ask for help!
I have my next audio book picked out, The Latte Factor by David Bach. He was being interviewed on one of my podcasts I listen to about financial advice and I liked what I heard!
Do you have any suggestions on what I can listen to next?
Send them my way! I would love to hear them!
My local retailer is, Anna, in Knoxville, Iowa at the Furniture Boutique. This is where I get my paint, Caviar and Fluff for this current project. You can find her here on Facebook. She keeps a great selection of colors and supplies on hand.
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