Saturday, 20 December 2014

DIY Bookish Holiday Decorations

I saw a nice DIY idea for Christmas ornaments in a magazine and decided to try it. The ornaments are instantly more goth-y if one uses black ornaments, like I did, to begin with and chooses the right text.


I did not have the heart to start to shred a novella of Edgar Allan Poe or another dear horror story and I would not advise people to destroy their favorite books. Instead it is wiser to buy a pocket book from a flea market. Or use some disgusting novel one has received as a present. An instruction manual of some apparatus can be a fun choice too.

I bought this book and I chose it for two reasons. It costed 1 euro and even though it is not a goth-y novel, there are delicious sentences like "I think she is a Russian prostitute" and "He is a genuine psycho", which can be hilarious if other people start to examine my ornaments too closely.


What you need:
- old Christmas ornaments, preferably a dark color, no patterns or figures
- glue
- a book you are willing to rip into parts, or any printed text
- black glitter glue
- clear varnish


First clip or rip parts of a page. You do not have to try to get whole sentences or anything but it is nice is one can read a few words here and there.


Glue them on the ornaments in a formation that pleases your eye. Add black glitter glue, especially if you have goofed some part of the previous phase, for example the paper is wrinkled or the glue has smudged the edges. Black glitter is also added to places that you feel it fits.


If you like, in the end you can gently coat the ornaments with clear varnish. It might keep the paper on the ornaments better but the ink can start to run if you are not careful. Choosing the right kind of varnish is important.

I of coarse could not follow my own instructions because I forgot to make sure I actually had glue that had not mysteriously dried up. I used the varnish from a craft store as a substitute and it work quite well. Of coarse the coating became a bit "rough" but it does not bother me much.

When you have finished an ornament it is good to hang it somewhere so that the surface can dry up. I used one of those thingies that are usually used to dry laundry.



Happy Holidays to you all!

17 comments:

  1. What a cool idea! If you use the right glue, you could even reuse the decorations and use different papers each year...

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    1. That's an excellent idea! Plastic ornament and glue that resolves if water is added. :)

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  2. What an excellent idea! I may have to brave the after-Christmas sales to see if I can find some black ornaments. Or maybe I'll just try and find some online ... much less stressful. :)

    Happy holidays to you, Jade!

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  3. I love this! Firstly for how awesome it looks, secondly for the hilarious phrases and thirdly because you did not destroy any good books! you could also print out lines from Poe or some other author on paper. Never seen black ornaments but I suppose they could be spray painted if needed!

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    1. Thank you! :D The printed paper can be a bit thicker paper than a page of a pocket book though, so it might be harder to put nicely on a round ornament.

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  4. this is so cute! it looks very gothy, love the idea!

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  5. I think that`s really a great idea. I`m sure we have some black or dark purple ornaments, but we really need to reduce our Christmas decs we can`t put them all up at once.

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    1. Well, I hope you can still have some of those dark colors in the decorations. :)

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  6. I really, really love everything about this! Another little project to try out. Thank you!

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    1. I hope yours will be prettier, and you remember to get proper glue! :D

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  7. Wonderful ornaments - I especially love the one that says: I'd like to apologize for... :D

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    1. I did not pick it out specifically, some of the decorations I just ripped from the pocket book without much reading. There were some surprises for me too when I examine the ornaments later! :D

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  8. Oh, I love these! Even though you didn't use the pages of a goth novel or horror story, these ornaments look so classy! And I love the hilarious lines too! ^^

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