- Used hardcover books
- Wrapping paper or scrap-booking paper
- Glue bottle roller
- Water-base sealer, gloss and finisher
- Brayer (optional)
- Acrylic paint in assorted colors
- Paint brushes
- Foam brushes
- Spray adhesive
- Burlap fabric
- Alphabet stencil
- Vintage findings
Step 1: Take a piece of burlap, lay it down on a flat surface and lay the book on top. Cut to size, leaving at least 1″ of burlap past all book edges.
Step 2: Lay the book down on the piece of burlap previously cut.
Open your windows.You are getting ready to spray the adhesive and this stuff is strong! Make sure to spray at least 10″ away from the surface. Remember to spray the spine as well.
Step 3: Right after you spray the adhesive, fold the burlap over and smooth it down. Turn the book over and repeat steps 2 and 3 on the other side.
Step 4: Cut out the excess of burlap along the edges. To prevent fraying, brush on some the water-base glue, wait for it to dry and then cut the edges. If you go this route, make sure to add the glue before cutting the burlap. I’ve tried to cut the burlap first and then add glue to mend the frayed ends and it didn’t work as well. Adding the glue first is the way to go.
Step 5: Grab your stencil and spell Mr. or Mrs. on each book. I own a die cutting machine, so I made my own stencil on chipboard. If you own one too, you know that the font options are endless. If you don’t, any stencil will do the job!
Center, align, and affix the stencil with a piece of tape on top of the burlap. I found that painting over burlap is easier using a sponge brush. Dab the paint within the stencil until every nook and cranny is covered. Make sure you have a steady hand and hold stencil down with light pressure so the paint doesn’t run under it.
Step 6 Add lace, ribbon, flowers and brass findings for the perfect shabby chic final touch. Once again, have fun with the decorating!