Do you ever go on a blog spree and spend hours and hours reading other blogs only to realize….you just spent hours upon hours reading?
My pal Amanda’s blog The Violet Hours is a daily must-read for me, and she did a post about another blog named Sweet Paul. Naturally, Amanda is a talented stylist and magazine editor and Paul is—surprise, surprise—is a talented stylist as well. So, from one stylist to another, I found myself going through Paul’s blog for a good hour the other day.
One project that caught my eye was turning old books into 3-D paper vases. He made it look so easy that i had to give it a try.
Started with the books I picked up at—where else?—-Goodwill.
Created a template for the vase, essentially just 1/2 the shape of the finished project. Used an old manila folder to make the template.
Using an X-acto knife, just cut away along the edges of the template over and over…and over and over…and over and over…until you get through the whole book. Keep using the template and flip pages as you do them. I realized if you just “wing it” you end up getting uneven cut pages to the point it looks badly done. Thank God Goodwill was have a four books for $1 sale…. I needed those backup books.
Finished! All the trim paper went into the paper recycling bin.
Remove the hardcover jacket and glue the front and back “pages” of the vase together and it’ll come together into a 3-D vase pretty easily.
My fingers were sore after this one and if there’s one thing I learned is this: don’t rush it. You’ll think at one point you can just really press that X-Acto knifo into the book and cut out 50 pages at a time. But that just leads to a big, ‘ol, torn book mess and you need to start all over again. Do 5 pages at a time because for this project, slow and steady wins the book paper vase race.