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!

 

what i wore

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welcome to “what i wore”!  share with me your fashion posts and we can inspire each other!  i started this originally as motivation to get out of my daily uniform of jammies or sweats, but now i am encouraged and held accountable to put a few extra minutes aside for myself and try new things.  i’d love for you to join me!

what i wore at the pleated poppy

some days just call for comfort, head to toe.  but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style!  i paired an asymmetrical tunic length top with leggings and added a few accessories for a simple, yet stylish outfit.

top – anthropology (sale)

leggings – walmart

gold tennies – forever 21

necklace – lisa leonard designs

what i wore at the pleated poppy

ok, so maybe more than one day this week called for comfort ;)  this was my saturday outfit – we slept in, ate donuts, ran errands, watched a couple friends’  basketball games, and just had an all-around great day with the kids.

sweater – old navy

jeans – forever 21

converse – nordstrom rack

bracelet – made by a friend

what i wore at the pleated poppy

necklace – lisa leonard designs

what i wore at the pleated poppy

a casual church outfit

top – forever 21

cardigan – target

jeans – forever 21

leopard flats – target

scarf – my shop

bracelets – world market

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and another look of the outfit without the scarf

what i wore at the pleated poppy

necklaces - lisa leonard designs

what i wore at the pleated poppy

monday outfit – kids at school, a couple meetings and doing window displays at fred & betty’s (thrift store)

chambray shirt – forever 21

mint top – target

coral jeans – target

converse – nordstrom rack

necklace – lisa leonard designs

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