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!
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.
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.
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.
once i got to this point, i flipped the book over and started on the other side.
this is about how much i left in the middle.
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.
this section gets folded and glued to the book spine (where the other pages were cut out).
i flipped the book around and did the same with another section to the other side, gluing it to the book spine.
the remaining section gets divided into thirds
i ran a bead of hot glue along one piece of paper, bent it 180* back to the spine, and glued that section down.
done again to the other side.
then the middle section glued and bent down.
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!
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.
i love working with hot glue because it dries so quickly!
after gluing 2 sheets together, i ran a bead of glue on the outer edge,
then folded the glued side over to the opposite side.
for variety, i made all different sizes of loops.
some loops were also made with just a single sheet, too.
then it was time to start creating some length on the mobile
i took the end of each loop, glued them, and tucked them into the folds.
then i added more loops of paper.
every once in awhile i would hold up the book to see ow the loops were hanging.
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.
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!