My best friend from high school loves books, novels, the classics, so I thought this would be a perfect give for her. Before I thought of making this for her, I mentioned the idea to her and she seemed displeased about the idea of cutting up a book (little does she know, i've ruined her favourite book too!). I did it anyway and i'm quite happy with the result.
Here is my process, but as you can see by a search online, there are numerous methods out there. Give it a go!
|Equipment you will need|
A hardcover novel (I got mine from a secondhand bookshop) | Clasp (from your local hardware store) | Gold paint |
| paint brush | Mod Podge (or any sealant glue) | Stanley knife | pencil and ruler
|1. Separate the pages where you want the clutch to open|
Seal all the pages together with a few thin layers of sealer
Place clutch in between two heavy books to ensure it dries flat
|2. On the open page, mark a 2cm border all around. This is where you will cut|
|3. Slowly cut the pages away until you have reached the end|
|4. Seal the inside for more strength|
|5. Paint outer edges with gold paint for a more antique feel|
6. Mark where your clasp is going to be placed
|7. Glue and pin clasp in correct place|
I wrote a little personal message to Sarah so it will be something she can keep forever (as a book or a clutch).
Hope you enjoyed looking at my first diy project on this blog. Hopefully in the future I can include more diys or fun little projects I do.