Look What I Crafted

11.11.2010

 You have probably seen these, but I hadn't until I went to my sister's last week. She had these awesome books in a basket on her coffee table and I loved the different look to them. She bought  a couple that were made like this at a local decor store for $7.95 each. What?! She realized she could make them for a whole lot cheaper. Then I copied her!! Thanks sis for the idea.



Aren't these great?


First you go to Good Will and buy some cheap books. I used the paperback ones for this project.


Rip the covers off and get some twine. You can use jute like I did or the twine that you wrap with. My sister used the twine and they look really good. I used this jute that I had on hand.


Now for a twist. I poured tea in a large bowl and placed the books in it to make the pages look older and to make the edges ripple.



Then I place them on a towel to dry. Ignore the filthy towel.


Then you just take a very long piece of twine and start tying it around the books like you would put ribbon around a package. Wrap horizontally and then vertically and flip it over back and forth until you have it wrapped several times.


Then tie a knot on the back side and cut off the extra length left over.


Just place them in a basket or a bowl like I did or stack them on the table or a shelf or mantel. 

Simple project and I love the look.
Books $1.50 apiece.
Jute was already on hand.

Linking to Show and Tell at My Romantic Home, Get Your Craft on Thursday at Life as Lori,
Southern in my Heart for Inspiration Friday, French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday,
The Shabby Nest for Frugal Friday
Finding Fabulous for Frugalicious Friday
Under the Table and Dreaming Sunday Showcase Party

Now go wrap you some books.

Y'all come back now,

KIM

42 comments:

  1. Cute! I have seen the wrinkle, coverless books, but not with the twine....love this!
    Hugs,
    Penny

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  2. Oh my! I love it! I am off to the thrift store...specifically to look for candle sticks! Now I need to find some books! Hope you read Tess of the D'urburvilles before you wrapped it! lol It's one of my favorite books! ♥

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  3. LOVE this idea ... I know what I will be doing today, hehehe. Also, looks like you were watching Oprah. That was such a good show. Fun to see everyone together ~
    ~ Deanna

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  4. Kim I spied this idea at your sissy's house, I loved it. I ran out of twine so I do have to get me some!!~ The books look awesome.

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  5. Hi Kim, that is a really good idea! They look great. I love the big bowl you have them in.

    Kathy

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  6. Well I haven't seen these yet! Kim, you're right at the cutting edge of decorating all the time. How cute!
    Brenda

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  7. Cute idea. I've seen something similar on a couple of blogs, but love them tea stained. Great idea. Hugs, Marty

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  8. These are wonderful, Kim! Have you seen the ones at the Q of H in Alpharetta that look like they went through the washer and dryer? lol I love those! Hope you are having a great week!...hugs...Debbie

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  9. OH! We of great minds think alike. I picked up several at GW the other day too...I hope to put them together this weekend. Mine are pretty aged looking already..so I may not have to tea dye them. LOVE YOURS- Diana

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  10. What a clever idea! Thank you for sharing. My daughter is coming home for a visit this weekend and we now have a PROJECT!! Thanks!

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  11. Fabulous Kim! I bet I have some old paperbacks in the basement just moldering away. I think I'll give this a try! Love the jute twine with this.

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  12. Those are really cute Kim. I haven't seen that trick.
    Sherry

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  13. Hey! Yours turned out great! I like the idea of dying them in tea to age them. I should've tried that. It's kind of a fun project isn't it? I love something easy and cheap with a big impact. I just changed up my picture behind my chair in the family room too. I didn't want all that color in the picture, so I covered it with drop cloth fabric (glued the edges inside the frame)then cut my small burlap pillow cover front off and glued it in the center of the frame. Then painted and glazed the frame blue (like my lamps). Then I added a beige braid trim on the inside of the frame and outside edge of the burlap. Now it looks like a unique french picture of something I collected.

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  14. Hi Kim! This is pretty cool. Never seen anything like this before!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia;)

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  15. I did this idea too, but wrapped mine in a different pattern, and then added a black ribbon. They are so cute!

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  16. I had never thought of the tea - what a great project! Love them and they look great the way you displayed them. Thanks for sharing!

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  17. I love this craft project! Now I know what to do with all my hubby's paperbacks.
    Thanks Kim!
    Pamela xo

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  18. A great idea Kim...and I think that you are very crafty! :D

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  19. Very cute idea! I've already got the old books on hand I could use and some already wrinkled from leaving them out in the rain too! LOL! Just don't have the twine...yet!

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  20. Fantastic, Kim!!
    I am going to have to make some of these for my staging props!!
    I have to use books that are "neutral" in topic, so I am quite picky about the title--but this way, with the cover ripped off, who cares?!!?
    Smart.
    Just smart.
    Hugs,
    ~me

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  21. Kim, you and your sister are both so clever. I've seen old books without their covers in several shops and catalogs lately, but never wrapped in twine the way you did, so pretty! Thanks for the wonderful tutorial!

    Kat :)

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  22. Genius! I have never seen books like this, but I can imagine that now I will see them everywhere. Thanks for the tutorial.

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  23. Wow, love it! Someone was making some money off of these at $7.95!

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  24. Hi Kim, I have some that I tore the covers off and tied one piece of twine around the set of books. I like this idea better! Thanks for the inspiration.
    Hugs,
    Sherry

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  25. Ooo... love!.. I really like how you twined them!.. I tea dyed a few books a few weeks back to prep them for twining and display!.. you've inspired me to get at those tomorrow and finish them up!.. thanks for sharing!..

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  26. Great idea and very cute! I love that you tea stained them, too!

    XO,
    Janie

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  27. Hi Kim! I have never seen anything quite like that before and it is totally a craft that even I could do! :-) Thanks so much for linking it up to the party this week!
    Vanessa

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  28. Love this idea - the tea, the twine. I'll have to try that soon. Thanks for stopping by my blog - wanted you to know I corrected the title, sorry about that. I am new follower, btw!

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  29. Cute! I like the tea stain idea. I have books, jute and tea... what am I waiting for? Thanks for sharing,
    Annette

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  30. Fun! I've been a fan lately of wrapping a few books together with one piece of twine, but this adds a whole new dimension. Love it! Just might have to borrow this. :) Have a great day, Becca

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  31. Fun idea! You are always doing something clever, Kim. ~ Sarah

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  32. Hi Kim~ I love this idea! I haven't seen anything like this before either but I think it is just so charming! I might have to try this with some of my old books too! Thanks so much for sharing this at my party this weekend! :)

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  33. Wow, what a clever idea! Have a great weekend.

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  34. Great idea. I love taking covers off books and stacking them together wrapped in twine. Great look.

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  35. Oh My! I love, love, love this idea. Thanks so much for sharing with us. Now I think I'm just going to have to copy you! LOL

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  36. I've never seen this before, but I like it. Thanks, Kim, for the tutorial.
    CAS

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  37. Those are so neat. I've never seen this before.

    -Rene

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  38. This is so cute..but..I am so hooked on book covers! I shop for books in wonderful conditions but every now and then I run across one that is NOT perfect but comes home with me anyway. Usually costs me about a quarter...
    I LOVE your sister's idea...and you have done a great job with yours. It's always great to see something different. Thank you for the inspiration! It is always welcome. And thank your sister too! (Aren't sister's GREAT?)
    Mona

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  39. Great project, I love it. Can't wait to try one. Thanks for sharing!
    Sandy

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