DIY book page mobile

DIY book page mobile

 anthropologie’s window displays are ever-inspiring!  did you ever see this amazing display made entirely of book pages?

i am blessed to have the job of designing displays in our school office and also our school’s thrift store.  i have been wanting to mimic anthro’s book page display for so long, and now i had the chance to!

DIY book page mobile

 i picked up some hard back books from our thrift store, making sure to look at the color of the cover (to make sure it was pretty, duh.)

i also used a small craft knife (an exacto knife would work) and a hot glue gun.

DIY book page mobile

 first i had to cut out most of the book pages, leaving only about 1/4 to 1/3 of the pages left in the middle.

DIY book page mobile

i sliced from one end to the other, over and over and over until a handful of pages were loosened enough to pull out.  after pulling out the loosened pages, i sliced some more.

DIY book page mobile

once i got to this point, i flipped the book over and started on the other side.

DIY book page mobile

 this is about how much i left in the middle.

DIY book page mobile

 next came the gluing!  i divided the remaining book pages approximately into fifths, taking the first section and running a bead of hot glue along the top piece of paper.

DIY book page mobile

 this section gets folded and glued to the book spine (where the other pages were cut out).

DIY book page mobile

 like this.

DIY book page mobile

 i flipped the book around and did the same with another section to the other side, gluing it to the book spine.

DIY book page mobile

 like this.

DIY book page mobile

 the remaining section gets divided into thirds

DIY book page mobile

 i ran a bead of hot glue along one piece of paper, bent it 180* back to the spine, and glued that section down.

DIY book page mobile

 done again to the other side.

DIY book page mobile

 then the middle section glued and bent down.

DIY book page mobile

 and then the main shape is done!  this can be done with 3 sections as well, but i like it with 5.  really, this can be done in so many ways, and this is just one!

DIY book page mobile

 with the stack of book pages that i cut out, i started gluing them to add some length to the book mobile.  to make some bigger loops, i glued 2 pieces of book pages together.

DIY book page mobile

i love working with hot glue because it dries so quickly!

DIY book page mobile

 after gluing 2 sheets together, i ran a bead of glue on the outer edge,

DIY book page mobile

 then folded the glued side over to the opposite side.

DIY book page mobile

 for variety, i made all different sizes of loops.

DIY book page mobile

 some loops were also made with just a single sheet, too.

DIY book page mobile

 then it was time to start creating some length on the mobile

DIY book page mobile

 i took the end of each loop, glued them, and tucked them into the folds.

DIY book page mobile

 

DIY book page mobile

 then i added more loops of paper.

DIY book page mobile

 every once in awhile i would hold up the book to see ow the loops were hanging.

DIY book page mobile

 

DIY book page mobile

 

DIY book page mobile

 

DIY book page mobile

 i took a length of fishing line and threaded it through the center loop, tied it in a knot and used the loop of fishing line to hang the mobile from.

DIY book page mobile

since making the book page mobile, i still had a good amount of pages left.  for my project at school i glued even more of the pages into loops and created more display pieces from them – i hate seeing things go to waste!

 

Comments

  1. 1

    The final result is gorgeous, but I wouldn’t never dare doing that to a book.

  2. 4

    I am in love with this project!!!! Absolutely beautiful!

  3. 5

    beautiful! a lot of reference books no longer serve their original purpose due to the rise of the internet or perhaps may be damaged and this is a way to still preserve them as works of art.

  4. 6

    Of course people will make comments about destroying books – but there are thousands of books that are obsolete or will never be read for all sort of reasons, and this is one of the prettiest “upcycling” ideas I’ve seen! Instead of “wasting” a ton of craft paper! Think about that, you all who would “never” destroy a book. :)
    I actually LOVE how your mobile turned out. Excellent!

  5. 7

    That looks amazing! So creative!

  6. 8

    I want to drop out of my school & join yours! The chalkboard wall with the map gets me every time. I love the mobiles! They add the perfect pop.

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    I love this! I tried it and i ended up stapling loops together to make them thicker. I used all the pages and it looks great! Thanks for this tutorial :)

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    I love this project too and I’M eager to get started, however how do you secure the fish wire to the roof. My roof is made of plasterboard and is quite high, I’m a bit anxious about one of the books falling down and hitting a student on the head.

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