Today’s guest blog comes to you from Dagmar Bleasdale, founder of the lifestyle blog Dagmar’s Home (DagmarBleasdale.com). Dagmar blogs about thrifty interior design, DIY projects, parenting, green living, and her love for everything vintage.
I love everything thrifty and vintage. Our home, the Blue Cottage, is decorated with many vintage treasures I’ve found in thrift stores or at flea markets.
What do you do with vintage books that have seen better days? I don’t have the heart to throw out a book that’s from 1958 — there had to be something I can make with it — and sure enough it came in handy for a banner I made for our mantel.
Since it’s finally spring here in Westchester, NY, I decided to use the pages of an old Doctor Zhivago book as the banner flags, and to add card stock birds in the middle of them.
Supplies for the vintage book page banner:
- old/vintage book
- card stock (I recycled some gray card stock)
- picture/shape of a bird
- paper glue
I found an image of a bird on Pinterest, printed it out, and cut it out. Then I traces around it on the card stock.
I cut out the bird shape and used that bird to trace around it three more times to make four birds in total.
After I made myself a template for the shape of the banner, I traced around that on four book pages and cut out the banners.
Then I glued the birds to the banners, adding the glue to the side that showed the pencil marks so they’d be hidden.
I had planned to glue the top of the banners around the twine, but then I remembered that I had a lot of little wooden clips, and I simply used them to affix the pages to the twine.
This way I was able to adjust the spacing between the pages when I hung it on the mantel, and I can add more pages in the future.
Ta-da! Doesn’t the banner look nice in front of our fireplace?
I added to the theme of birds with a bird cage and two ceramic birds, and also framed another vintage book page with a bird that sits on the mantel.
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