Do you ever wish you could be whisked away to Paris, London, New York, Milan or Amsterdam?! Dream big with these DIY home decor decoupage books! These look ultra chic when placed on your living room coffee table — the typography surely makes a statement. I was inspired to create these cute decorating pieces when flipping through the pages of fashion magazines. The designers are always jet-setting around, seeing different cultures and architectural styles. I wish some day I could do that — but for now, I’ll keep dreaming!
These simply luxe decorated books are a no-brainer! Super easy to make! I’ve added acrylic faceted gem cabochons because everything is ALWAYS better with sparkle, remember that! You can choose to have your books say whatever you want. It would be super cool to also configure quotes or messages onto the spines. Change up the colors to fit the decor in your home. There are so many possibilities.
Step 1: Gather materials. Needed are hardcover books (jacket removed), Mod Podge, acrylic metallic paint, Gem-Tac or E6000, a paintbrush, acrylic gems, a magazine and scissors.
Step 2: Paint the spines of the books in metallic colors. You will need to do about 3 coats of acrylic paint for it to fully cover the spine. Make sure you let the paint dry in between each coat.
Step 3: Cut out various letters (you can mix fonts!) or words from the magazine pages. Don’t use cover pages, as the paper is too thick.
Step 4: Play around with various letter combinations to spell cities — I almost glued down the “N” upside down :)! Be careful!
Use bigger letters mixed with smaller letters and even mix uppercase/lowercase for a whimsical vibe!
Step 5: Use Mod Podge to decoupage on the letters to the spines. There is no right or wrong way! Let dry — be sure to use a thin coat of Mod Podge, because if the spine is too wet when you put on the magazine clipping, it will bubble. Not good!
It helps to stand the books up when gluing, so you can see the arrangement of letters. Press down on the tops of letters to help prevent bubbles from forming.
Glue on acrylic gems intermittently between letters, or on the edges. Let everything dry fully.
I love stacking these for a major impact, but you could also spread these around your house for a touch of wanderlust!
Thanks for reading! Catch all my tutorials on my blog at quietlioncreations.com!
What international cities are your favorites?