DIY Writer Craft - For the Bookish & Artsy

Monday, July 14, 2014

Happy (Almost) Birthday to Yours Truly!
Yes, it's true.  Tomorrow marks the end of my eighteenth year.  The time seems to fly by so fast these days – but to commemorate my birthday, I'm concluding the free book giveaway for the romantic suspense novel Submerged!  You can check it out here and find out how to enter!  Thanks to everyone who has already joined. :)

Today, I'm going to share instructions for a craft!  Since I sadly broke my foot two weeks ago, I've had to find ways to fill my time.  Aside from reading, writing and researching for the upcoming debate camp, I have rediscovered my love of crafting.

Today's DIY writer craft is...wait for it... Book Print Picture Frames!!

The Necessary Supplies:

If you don't have Mod Podge, you can use Elmer's glue (with a little bit of water).  However, Mod Podge has a more polished finishing look and you can get the antique matte, which I prefer.

And, of course, you'll need a picture frame. :)  Try to make sure it has a wide enough edge to work with — I'd recommend that the sides are at least an inch thick.

Frames like this would be good options.  But you can do this craft with whatever you have lying around.

To begin: 

1. You will have to rip up book pages.

Yes, can you believe it?  This writer is telling you to destroy a book.  Accuse me now.

Find an old book that A) you don't want B) is falling apart or C) you're getting rid of.  I only did this project with a book my family was actually tossing out.

It's actually rather fun, so rip away! :)

2. Now, tear the pages up into strips.

Keep some longer strips and have other smaller pieces.

3. Take the glass or plastic piece OUT of the frame before you begin!

It will get really messy really fast if you don't.  

4. Using your brush, add a thin layer of Mod Podge to your starting point on the frame. 

Always put the glue down first and then the paper.  From here, you'll work in layers. Glue, then paper, then glue on top, then more paper.  A final coat of Mod Podge will cover the whole finished product.

5. Now Take Your Scissors!

Once you have a section done, take your scissors and cut smaller pieces.  Use these to cover every part of the frame.  See the green parts in the corner on the bottom right hand side?  You'll want to cover that with smaller strips.  Scissors will help you get the right shape.

6.  Enjoy your finished product!!

I hope that you enjoy!  I'm making lots of decor like this for my dorm room at Wheaton College.  I also made this jewelry box to match: 

For me, there's something special about working with my hands and creating something new.  I call these "writer crafts" because they're for the bookish & artsy.  They're both adorable and practical.

Let me know if you try this at home, or if you have any other great DIY ideas to share!  If you like this, please tweet, like, pin to Pinterest or share!

Much love,


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  1. This looks cool (even though I'd have to murder a book to do it lol)! Happy late birthday! :D

    Alexa Skrywer

  2. I know, but I found that to actually be kind of fun for a change ;) They have old books that are falling apart at thrift stores a lot, so you could always check there