How to Upcycle Book Jackets into Wall Art for a Playroom or Nursery. These make affordable, easy, and gorgeous wall art for the family who loves books.
I love love love books. In school, I was the kid who would sneak books to hide under my desk and read once I’d finished all my schoolwork. My teachers seemed pretty tolerant of it, and it was my “thing.” My grandmother used to record stories on CD for me and I’d listen to them before bed. Every night. I helped out in the library during recess and lunch periods in middle school. When it boils down to it, I spent a majority of my day engrossed in reading. Not much has changed, although I spend a lot of time these day reading things on the internet as well as books. I like absorbing information.
I’ve been eager to pass these magical worlds and the ability to have infinite information at your fingertips onto my kids. I buy all. the. books. If you’ve ever seen the number of toys my kids have and thought they were spoiled, it really doesn’t begin to touch on our book collection. We also make lots of library trips. I absolutely love reading to them and before they were even born, I started recording books on audio book for them to have when they were older. More recently, I’ve recorded family members reading to the boys so they can have that to listen to as well. Our family is all long distance so it seemed like a sweet way to keep everyone connected. There was something about listening to grandma read to me as a girl via a cassette tape that kept us connected across a distance.
Now loving books AND your children can come with some small hurdles. My major issue has been making books and reading toddler friendly. Can I tell you how bummed I was the first times a book was ripped or spit up on or chewed on?! I know they’re kids, but the books! The books! I ended up putting the bookshelf in the closet for a while and closing the door so they didn’t have access to them unless supervised. I also removed all of the book jackets- they were redundant because the book’s hardcover had the same images and the kids were ripping them accidentally during handling. I stored them all on a shelf in the closet. I kept thinking that if I ever wanted to sell these when the kids outgrow them, I’ll want to put the jackets back on.
Finally I said enough is enough- I need to declutter a bit.
I also needed more wall art for our basement playroom. I have a tendency to take on several projects at once so I was updating the kids’ bedroom, the playroom, and writing an eBook all at once. Because… why not… crazy lady.
I LOVE how these turned out. And I get to enjoy some fabulous wall art that depicts some of my favorite books. I am seriously considering making some of these with adult books as well. It’s such a great way to showcase your library!
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Using a glue stick or mod podge, add a thin layer of glue to the back of the jackets and glue them onto the canvas. Let dry.
Once dry, use a layer of mod podge over your book jackets as a sealer. Press down firmly on areas that curl up.
Very quick and easy project- and essentially free because I received the panels free to review on Amazon, and I had all the other supplies on hand.
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