DIY Wedding Decorations for Book Lovers

I’ve recently been drawn to pieces of art created using pages from old books. Book sculptures aren’t just nice to look at; they’re also a good way to recycle old books that have been abandoned in thrift shops, used bookstores, or that one box in the corner of your garage. To see an example of book sculptures, check out my past posts on artists Kathy Ross and Su Blackwell. The other day, I came across some other creative ways to use old book pages– as wedding decorations.

1. Flower Vases

The cute flower vases pictured below can be made at home following these simple steps. You’ll need a sharp craft knife, old books, a small piece of cardboard, a pencil, and a hot glue gun. After some practice, you can have some fun with the shapes of your vases, making them taller or curvier.

(Credit: Sweet Paul Blog)
(Credit: Sweet Paul Blog)

2. Center Pieces

The vases above can be used during the ceremony, as well as center pieces at the reception. You can also find vintage books with colorful prints to stack on each table, along with simple glass jars or vases filled with flowers.

Warning: Goats Not Included (Credit: Green Wedding Shoes)
Warning: Goats Not Included (Credit: Green Wedding Shoes)

If you’re planning on assigning seats during the reception, you can use book pages to help number each table. Simply cut the pages into the shape of a number and glue it to a vase.

(Credit: 100 Layer Cake)
(Credit: 100 Layer Cake)

Are those paper roses you see? Why yes. Yes, they are. These intricate book flowers can be used for many things.

3. Bouquet

This bouquet of roses, for instance, is made entirely from old book pages. It’s adorable and awesome. To make your own paper roses, you will need pages from an old book, ribbon, gauge wire, a glue gun, glue sticks, scissors, and wire cutters. To get step by step instructions, click here.

(Credit: 100 Layer Cake)
(Credit: 100 Layer Cake

4. Signs

You can also glue paper flowers to a chalkboard and use it as a sign at your wedding to greet guests, like the one pictured below.

(Credit: 100 Layer Cake)
(Credit: 100 Layer Cake)

What other creative ways have you seen books used? Tell us below.

– Melanie Figueroa

Melanie Figueroa

Melanie is the Editor in Chief at The Poetics Project. Having earned a masters in writing and book publishing from Portland State University and gained experience as an in-house editor, she now works as a freelance editor and writer. Her favorite book is The Bell Jar. You can follow Melanie on Twitter or Instagram @wellmelsbells.

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  1. Mon Petit Chateau

    I paint everything! It has great design, so I say go for it! Since I like french country, I would paint it, stencil it, sand it, etc….If it were going in my home, which I wish it was…I would sort of ombré the design using all shades of one color to accent that gorgeous scallop design, with a fleur-de-lis stenciled or a monogram. Whatever colors you like, I am sure it will be amazing! I can’t wait to see it!

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