5 days of favorite projects {day 2}

Did you all make some flowers yesterday? I hope you were inspired by one of my current favorites!

Now on to day two of

favorite projects

This one is fun and while I’d like to think I made it up, I’m pretty sure it’s out there somewhere else.  Again, it is a simple and inexpensive project and makes a delightful gift or custom art.


Here’s what you’ll need


:: a canvas {purchased at any craft store}

:: a book

:: scissors

:: mod podge & paint brush

STEP ONE: tear out pages


I take them from all over the book so that the page numbers and content varies.


STEP TWO: arrange the pages


make sure to overlap the page so that there is enough paper to cover the edge of the canvas


STEP THREE: fill in the little spaces




until the canvas is completely covered


STEP FOUR: glue them down


Gently lift the pages to get the glue under, then press down.  This is the trickiest step because the pages are arranged in an overlapping fashion. Just keep lifting and gluing and don’t worry too much about the paper wrinkling or air bubbles – that’s what gives it charm {or at least that is what I tell myself}


STEP FIVE: seal the top of the pages with Mod Podge


STEP SIX: glue the edges


STEP SEVEN: fold over the corners



STEP EIGHT: trim the excess


STEP NINE: glue the pages to the back



Now on to embellishing {although it is perfectly lovely in it’s simple un-embellished state}

Here’s what you’ll need


:: a print out of an image {a bird, in my case}

:: pencil

:: glue

:: paint brush

:: glitter

STEP ONE: select your design, decide how big {or small} you want it and print


There are so many possibilities with this. I did a bird because I’m fully into the trend, but you could do a silhouette of a different animal, a chandelier, a chair, a lamp, etc. If you search in google images for “bird silhouette” or “umbrella silhouette” you should find an image.

STEP TWO: transfer the image to the canvas


scribble on the back of the print-out around the edges of the design


trim the edges


place in desired spot on the covered canvas and trace around the design


pull up the paper and your design will be transferred


STEP THREE: paint in the image with glue


STEP FOUR: glitter



STEP FIVE: brush off the excess


and here it is:


One thing I love about this project {besides the fact that I am crazy about anything using book pages} is that the possibilities are endless.

You can use pages from different books:


as seen in our bedroom:


or sheet music:


as seen over the piano:


silhouettes of your darlings:


paint a monogram:


or embellish with scrapbook paper flowers and ribbon.



How cute would it be to do it with pages of a vintage magazine? Or a favorite children’s book with the word ‘read’ painted on it? Or  sewing patterns with a big silhouette of scissors? How about an assortment of maps? Or a cookbook? Now my mind is spinning :

I hope you are as inspired by this as I am!

Come on back tomorrow : day 3 is a good one.


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72 Responses to 5 days of favorite projects {day 2}

  1. Blue August 21, 2013 at 2:29 am #

    Am a 2nd year graphic design (mature) student, photographer and avid scrapper….and this is BRILLIANT!!!! You have just solved this years Christmas present for my daughter…Thank you!! :-)

  2. Melanie Van Wynsberg February 27, 2012 at 7:44 am #

    Love love love it all! :)

  3. Emily December 1, 2011 at 6:53 pm #

    Will this look just as good with newspaper? I want to photocopy my newspaper from Obama’s election.

  4. Bethany November 19, 2011 at 11:33 pm #

    Love this idea! Especially love the sheet music and flowers ones. Can’t wait to use mod podge for this!

  5. Kim October 12, 2011 at 2:13 pm #

    An add-on to this: If you have a book that you really want to do this with but don’t want to destroy it, (eg, love notes between your grandparents, etc) take it to a copy shop and have it photocopied in color (to keep any yellowing of the pages etc.) Then you can do the project and keep the originals intact!

  6. Lauren June 10, 2011 at 6:00 pm #

    I love this and just made one of my very own! I love your site and it has inspire me to do so many projects :)

  7. Sheila May 8, 2011 at 7:08 pm #

    Ooooo, I LOVE it!! :) Thank you for the awesome tutorial!


  8. Jyoti May 6, 2011 at 2:58 am #

    This is brilliant!

  9. Jenna April 25, 2011 at 7:20 pm #

    Thank you so much for this idea! I went with old cookbooks for 2 small canvases in my kitchen!

  10. Ashley March 17, 2011 at 2:11 pm #

    My mom ssw our friend do this and she made her own! Something unique that she did was burn a little bit of the edges of the pages and then glued them on. It looks so antique.

  11. Bev March 14, 2011 at 12:34 pm #

    LOVE this!

  12. Tina March 1, 2011 at 6:06 pm #

    This is on my “to do” list! Can’t wait to try it out!

  13. Amanda Turley February 25, 2011 at 5:22 pm #

    Love love love love love love love!!!!!! Need I say more. I am also way into the birds! And with music!!!

  14. Windy Veach February 6, 2011 at 8:05 pm #

    Thanks for the inspiration! I made a very special “just because” gift for my son in law…I took an old hymnal and tore our all of his favorite hymns. Laid them out on my canvas following your steps. Then I went to Artco where I bought a sheet of shinny black vinyl, there they let me use their dy-cut machine. I spelled out “THEN SINGS MY SOUL”…the vinyl is sticky on the back. Around the edges I hot glued a shinny black ribbon. It is now hanging in his office. He is a Worship Pastor in Puyallup, Wa… and loves his art piece!

  15. Kristen February 5, 2011 at 8:40 pm #

    I have ALWAYS wanted a tiny powder room, that I wanted to wallpaper with black and white horse themed children’s books! I just think, it’s the perfect place to enjoy a quick little read and would look amazing! PLUS I love how you can get away with being over the top creative in a powder room.

  16. Joetta Hoover February 3, 2011 at 7:46 pm #

    Luv,luv this keep these tutorials coming !!

  17. Nicole January 30, 2011 at 11:21 pm #


  18. Kaylin January 29, 2011 at 11:08 pm #

    OMG!!!! I’m head over heels in LOVE with this idea…I’ve been looking for something small to put over my kitchen sink…I can just picture three of these with glittered utensils on them!!!! This is a must do…RIGHT NOW!!!!

  19. Ger January 27, 2011 at 11:09 am #

    I love this tutorial and the rest of yours…I finally attempted to make my very own book cover canvas last night and I love love it. I posted it on my FB, in the link above. Later I plan to paint a large letter of “M” in the center. (its the first letter of my family’s last name) Thank you so much for the inspiration and the tutorial =)

  20. Sandie January 26, 2011 at 12:15 pm #

    I was thinking how cute this would be with recipes from different books and even a few hand written ones, then write ‘eat’ or ‘cook’ or something like that for a kitchen! Thanks for the idea springboard!!!

  21. Tanya Hulbert January 25, 2011 at 10:35 am #

    I was just talking with my friend Rachel, telling her I needed to do something different with my bedroom. This is exactly what I will be making for above my bed. Thank you! I love your ideas!

  22. Emily January 10, 2011 at 10:31 pm #

    You keep talking about your cards, why don’t you have a tutorial on how to make invitations or cards?

  23. Leslie January 6, 2011 at 2:19 pm #

    Love this. These would make very nice, unusual gifts.

  24. Maritza Islas December 31, 2010 at 11:21 am #

    My father died five years ago, he was an avid reader. I still have some of his favorite books and the bible he used for church, which has notes with his own writing’s and favorite verses underlined. You just gave me the greatest idea to display some of his books and old bible to display. My mother will love it too! Love your ideas, their great!

  25. Pearlene Molgard December 12, 2010 at 1:55 pm #

    Been looking at doing site optimization and bettering the design on my website for a while, so this website has been really useful. Clear read as well, so thank you!

  26. Drew Zbinden December 8, 2010 at 1:52 pm #

    Once again! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! A friend of mine introduced me to your blog and I’ve been hooked ever since! Our group of crafting gals is having a get together to especially modpodge with your ideas! Can’t wait!

  27. Michelle October 2, 2010 at 3:54 pm #

    So excited, I just went and bought everything I needed… except… Do I need a special glue? Elmers Glue? Can I use the Modge Podge to glue down the pages? Clearly I’m not usually very crafty, but your pictures make be believe I can really do this. Just need a little help :)

  28. Julie Brazelton September 12, 2010 at 7:18 am #

    I can’t find your silhouettes link that I just had. I took my kids profile picture and then lost it. Can you email the link to the tutorial again. Juliebrazelton@hotmail.com

    Thanks and God Bless, Julie Brazelton

  29. adrienne September 3, 2010 at 4:36 am #

    I can’t wait to try this! I bought an old antique french grammar book from ebay for .99 to use!! thanks for the inspiration!

  30. Jami August 31, 2010 at 9:37 pm #

    I just dropped by from the CSI project. Oh my goodness, this is amazing and you are so right, the possibilities are endless!

  31. Jenna August 31, 2010 at 9:30 am #

    Love this idea! How creative and inexpensive! My mind is spinning with all the places artwork like this could be hung in my home.

  32. Carla August 31, 2010 at 9:07 am #

    What a great project. It’s so versatile and adaptable. Thank you for posting it!

  33. Jill August 31, 2010 at 8:51 am #

    This is such a good idea! I’m thinking about doing it on an old cork board I have so that it can be a message board! I also love the children’s book idea!

  34. vanessa @ silly eagle books August 31, 2010 at 8:26 am #

    This looks great! I did something similar for my daughter’s room with pages from a favorite children’s book:

  35. Alaina Moeller August 22, 2010 at 5:25 am #

    I love all your ideas. I saw the book page done in large scale for on a wall for a booth and it looks great. I just finished some book page cork boards and the work great. Love your creativeness.

  36. Allison August 21, 2010 at 9:02 pm #

    check out my version of this book page canvas on aliscreations.blogspot.com

  37. Tiffany Warbington August 16, 2010 at 7:56 pm #

    LOVED this project! I am so proud of the inexpensive art I created using your directions! Thanks!!

  38. Tricia August 15, 2010 at 7:39 pm #

    I featured this on my site!! Thanks for inspiring me!

  39. annie August 15, 2010 at 2:51 pm #

    I just did this project this weekend for my baby’s nursery and love it! I embellished with a glittery ‘a’ – thanks for sharing! It turned out so sweet and def adds a unique touch to her room.

  40. LFinn August 14, 2010 at 7:53 am #

    I love this idea, especially for using sheet music. I was a piano major in college, and I have a LOT of old sheet music (aged, stained, and crumbly) that I can’t really use for playing, but would be perfect for decorating. I am itching to try this, but have to wait a few days for company to leave :-) Question–what do you put under the project so that the Mod Podge doesn’t stick? I know some people can do it without making a mess, but that isn’t me! I tried newspaper, but of course the newsprint stuck to my project. What should I do?

  41. janlynn August 13, 2010 at 3:50 pm #

    Thank you for the detailed instructions and so much inspiration.

  42. Amy August 13, 2010 at 7:43 am #

    Loved this tutorial so much that I decided to try making one for my 11 year old son’s bedroom! He loves Star Wars so I used pages from an old Star Wars book! I used an 11 x 16 canvas. It is currently drying! I plan on painting on the letter J this evening in red paint! I think the contrast will look great! Thanks so much for the inspiration!!!

  43. Linda from Heartfire At Home August 12, 2010 at 10:38 pm #

    Hi, just dropping in from your link over at The Inspired Room. What a fabulous blog you have!

    I love this idea! As I am a book, text, and typography fanatic, this really appeals to me. I’ll have to give it a go soon. The music sheets look brilliant too!

    Linda. xox :)

  44. Susan August 12, 2010 at 2:18 pm #

    I love this! I am redecorating (vintage schoolhouse) a bedroom for my grandkids and was going crazy about what to do for the artwork. The possibilities are endless. Also, I can use the cover of the book as a roof for a birdhouse. Thanks so much for the inspiration ;}

  45. april's craft nest August 12, 2010 at 6:34 am #

    what an inspired idea! such a simple project, and i love that you added fun into it with a picture on top :) esp with glitter! what a great idea!

  46. Susan August 11, 2010 at 7:27 pm #

    What a creative idea. I love that it can be so easily customized to your own interests or the design of your room. I have a music room in my home that I may use this idea for.

  47. Mary Jean Taylor August 11, 2010 at 11:26 am #

    WOW! Love it! So adding this to the I’m doing this list!

  48. Layla August 11, 2010 at 11:16 am #

    RAD. Just plain RAD!
    Had to link to this on our Facebook page, and MUST do this project sometime in the very near future!!!

    Layla :-)

  49. Susanne August 11, 2010 at 8:49 am #

    I love this project! I just created a reading nook in our living room (furniture actually being delivered today!) and this will make a perfect piece of art for over the chair!

  50. Zanetta August 11, 2010 at 7:45 am #

    Oh bless you! I needed a wedding gift for this week and was trying to make it with “on hand” supplies. I use to own a used book store and LOVE print…thanks for being the inspiration to get me started.

  51. tammy August 10, 2010 at 9:46 pm #

    i did not go out to eat with you ladies tonight because sue and I were going to do your canvas pages but we ran out of steam. Bought the supplies and excited to try it before the fam gets back from camp!

  52. chasity August 10, 2010 at 3:31 pm #

    love the whimsical flowers.

  53. Jo in New Prague, MN August 10, 2010 at 2:35 pm #

    this is a great idea. i have an old wardrobe with a cubby hole that isn’t real pretty. i painted it but it was lacking something. i took sheet music and tea dyed it in various colors of tan – some light, some darker – and waited for them to dry. i then fitted them onto the walls of the cubby and mod podged them in. i put one coat over the top and it looks just great. thanks again for another great project. can’t wait for #3.

  54. cali August 10, 2010 at 1:06 pm #

    This is great! I did this a few years ago with a book of old maps. Can’t wait for tomorrow’s project!

  55. Jane August 10, 2010 at 11:10 am #

    Just love this idea! You can also put grosgrain ribbon across it or in a diamond pattern and have a very cute picture holder ot message board.

  56. Tessa August 10, 2010 at 10:24 am #

    you’re gonna make a crafty Mama out of me yet! :) Love the sheet music!! would make a fabulous gift too!

  57. Sue Christianson August 10, 2010 at 10:09 am #

    Emily!!! Thank you SO much for sharing! I LOVE this. I am picking up a canvas today after work. I am so excited to try this. I am already picking out spots in my house to hang this art.

    Thanks Again! Can’t wait until tomorrow!

  58. cailan August 10, 2010 at 9:43 am #

    Wonderful project – such a lovely idea. I love decorating with old books and the library-ish look they lend to our home – pages on the wall would be so fun too. Thank you again!

  59. Christi August 10, 2010 at 8:34 am #

    I am thoroughly enjoying your projects! Each day I am excited to see what is next! And the projects are just fabulous! Thanks so much for sharing!

  60. fancythis August 10, 2010 at 8:13 am #

    ooh! I LOVE the monogram! I was just thinking how a monogram would look lovely on my “picture wall” in my upstairs hallway. I was just going to buy a wood “a” paint it, and hang it, but I like this idea MUCH better!!! Thanks for the wonderful tutorial! :)

  61. teresa August 10, 2010 at 7:50 am #

    What a fabulous idea…I can see myself making these and I think it would make a great gift for my girlfriends.
    Thanks for sharing.

  62. kristin McCullough August 10, 2010 at 7:44 am #

    love Love LOVE the one over your bed! the sheet music is another great idea. this was like 5 projects in one with all of your great variations. thanks for the inspiration!

  63. Tonya August 10, 2010 at 7:14 am #

    Love both day 1 and 2!!! Can’t wait to try these!

  64. Sarah August 10, 2010 at 7:07 am #

    I had so much fun making flowers last night! Thank you!! I’m loving this series!!! Are you sure we can only have 5 days of favorite projects!

  65. Tina August 10, 2010 at 6:58 am #

    great idea! i did something similar a couple years ago for over my daughters crib w/her name spelled out. i can’t wait to see what’s next!

  66. Amanda M. August 10, 2010 at 6:50 am #

    gah! you are SO awesome! i just LOVE this idea. we were just reading a children’s book last night that i thought would look so fabulous framed. it’s old and a few of the pages are ripped, so i thought i’d order a new copy – and now i can use the old copy to do this project!!! LOVE it!

  67. meredith August 10, 2010 at 5:39 am #

    thank you! i love love LOVE the canvas in your room and have wanted to replicate it ever since i saw your pic of it with the sweet berry wreath. i’m in love. i just bought an old book of maps the other day…i think i’ll make a mappy canvas and transfer the word ‘explore’ on it. thanks again!!

  68. Amanda August 10, 2010 at 5:30 am #

    I am way inspired! I can’t wait to get my craft on this week! I told my husband to just be expecting it! :) Thanks for all the amazing ideas! I will be using some of your stuff as a jumping off point! Can’t wait for tomorrows!

  69. Lynda August 10, 2010 at 5:24 am #

    Love all your tutorials! What a fun week! Can’t wait to see what is next!

  70. Arlene Grimm August 10, 2010 at 5:20 am #

    Another thumbs up!!Loving your ideas. I might tea stain the pages before putting them on the canvas…going for the old world look!

  71. beth August 10, 2010 at 5:14 am #

    Love this one! Definitely will be trying that!


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