If you’ve read my DIY Rope Vase post, you’ll know that I have been up-cycling some of the plain glass vases that we have in our house. I’m back with another tutorial in the up-cylced glass vase series. I’ve always loved book page projects. I think they’re so chic looking. Maybe it’s just because I am an avid reader (when I have the time, of course). But, I really do think book pages add a unique, vintage-y look that you wouldn’t be able to get otherwise.
In this post, I’m going to show you how you too can transform an ordinary glass vase into a unique, chic one.
Things you will need:
~ Vase ~ Sponge Brush or Brush ~ Old Book (one you don’t mind tearing up) ~ Mod Podge ~ Mod Podge Sealer Spray
You’re first going to tear up a couple pages from your book. For my book, I chose an old copy of Shakespeare’s Complete Works. I already have a vintage copy of this book, so I went to an antique store and bought another one specifically for using for projects. It was only like $5, so I don’t feel like it’s a waste at all. You can use whatever book you want, but I do personally feel that an older book looks more stylish, in my opinion. If you’re wondering, I tore pages from one of my favorite Shakespeare plays, “Much Ado About Nothing.”
When tearing your pages, don’t tear the pieces in an organized fashion. You want them to be jagged and strangely shaped. You can do squares, but the end product will look too uniform.
Once you have your pages torn, you’re going to want to start coating your vase in Mod Podge (using your sponge brush). Be sure you do not coat the whole vase at once. Just coat it in sections as you work. Then, as you coat the vase, apply your book page pieces. Also, when applying the pieces, be random. Randomly place them and then fill in the empty spaces. This will help prevent your vase from looking like it’s overlapped from top to bottom or vice verse. You want the pages to look scattered, with overlaps happening everywhere.
When you are finished covering your entire vase in book pages, let it dry for at least 10 minutes. Once it’s had time to dry, you are going to want to coat the entire vase in mod podge, using your sponge brush. Be careful as to not pull up the edges of the page pieces while you’re coating. Just coat it in a thin layer, and then let it dry for 15-20 min. You’re going to want to coat the vase at least two or three times, being sure to let it dry between each coat.
Once the last coat of mod podge is dry, you are going to want to spray the entire vase with your mod podge sealer. This step is important. Because vases are obviously used to hold water, the mod podge sealer will help make the book page pieces more waterproof, in the event that water is splashed on the outside of the vase. Then, you are going to want to let the vase dry for at least a full 24 hours before using.
And there you have it . . . your very own book page vase!
I’m in love with my Shakespeare book page vase! What do you think?
Has this inspired you to create your own? What book would you use, if you decided to use one that’s unique to you?
I’m loving that I now have a couple of my own chic vases that will look great with the decor of our house!