Book Page Bunting

So… after another two-month hiatus from the blog, I’m back!  The summer was very busy, what with moving, buying and putting together furniture etc… There’ll be more posts on that soon though… But first, something that I did this weekend to cheer up my space and add a little whimsy…

Living Room alcove

There’s a very blank space above where the television is in my living room.  I’ve thought before that I could put shelves up, but then I tell myself that I’d hate it if something accidentally fell off and hit my precious TV… it’s always felt like an empty space though, and more so since hanging up my large picture frame on the chimney breast next to the alcove.  So I decided to remedy it through a fairly simple and cheap project.

I bought an old book from the charity shop just up the street from my flat.  I had a very specific book in mind; I wanted an old book, with small print, and slightly yellowed pages.  Found for 99p!  I then wandered over to the local hardware store and bought some string and plastic stick-on wall hooks (amongst other things, which I’m sure will crop up in another blog post down the line…)

Arriving home, I sat on my sofa and began ripping the book apart (all the while feeling guilty, like the book was screaming in pain at me… what can I say, I love my books too much), whilst watching a very entertaining episode of Come Dine With Me, and began creating the paper flags.

Poor book...

Once I’d finished ripping several pages out of the book, I folded each page in half along shortest side.   I then cut a triangle shape from the fold, creating a long diamond shape when unfolded.  I then measured the length of string needed to hang the bunting in the alcove, and tied each end of the string into a loop so hang on the hooks.

Paper flags

I then glued the triangles onto the string to create the double-sided flags, waited for them to dry a bit, and then hung the bunting up.

Bunting in the making

I had to wait until the morning to take a good photo of it, and I’m loving it.  In the daylight, the differences in ink between pages is more obvious, and creates lovely gradients along the bunting, and at night, the uplighter creates lovely soft shadows behind the bunting.

Bunting!

... and seen from another angle

Cost:

String: 99p from local hardware store

Book pages: 99p from local charity shop

Hooks: £2.00 for two packs (total of six hooks, but as I only used 4 of them, there’s two left over now for a future project)

Glue:  Free (already owned)

Total = £3.98

(Which looks a bit expensive for something like this, but the string has barely been started, which leaves me plenty for wrapping presents, and the book has plenty more pages to be used in future projects – keep an eye out for a post about one soon!)

Plus, if I’d been looking to buy any, it would have been from Etsy, something like this, which came to a costly $10.00 + $5.80 shipping = eeek (around £12)!  So I’m trying to tell myself that mine is super cheap (when I was talking about this to J, he couldn’t believe I was even trying to justify the spend.. in his words, “it’s only £4!!”).

The winning factor has got to be that I’ve injected a bit of myself into the room now, and my love of books is reflected prominently and prettily!