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Book Page Wallpaper

a page of a french dictionary

If there is one thing I love as much as DIY, it's reading. A few years ago, I was in a restaurant that had wallpaper made from magazine covers, and I was inspired to do something similar, but with book pages. When choosing the book to use for this project, I wanted to incorporate one of my favorite places in the world - Paris. When I came across a vintage French dictionary, I thought this would be the perfect way to incorporate my love of reading, Paris and DIY!

a vintage french dictionary

Isn't she a beauty? I love vintage books and have several on my shelves. I have to tell you, it absolutely broke my heart to destroy this book, but knowing the pages would be displayed and I'd get to see them every day made it a bit easier to get over the guilt.

a blank wall in a bathroom

Now, where to put this wallpaper? I didn't want a huge wall because it's such a statement piece, but I wanted it to be prominently featured where it would be seen by anyone who comes over. So, I decided on the guest bathroom, where I had a blank wall that wasn't too big.

an assortment of pages from a dictionary

Materials Needed for book page wallpaper:

a page from a French dictionary

I loved the idea of using a dictionary because I could choose pages that were visually interesting & meaningful. I chose pages with images I loved, as well as the letter pages for everyone in my family.

applying a layer of Mod Podge to wallpaper made from book pages

Book Page Wallpaper Instructions:

  • Measure your wall and calculate how many pages you will need.

  • Carefully cut out the pages with a blade or Exacto Knife.

  • Start at the bottom of the wall, using the baseboard as a guide.

  • Brush a layer of Modge Podge on the wall roughly the same size as the book page and apply the page to the wall.

  • Use a credit card or wallpaper tool to smooth it out any bumps or air bubbles.

  • Use a level to make sure you are maintaining straight lines as you go.

  • Brush a second layer of Modge Podge on the entire wall once all the pages have been applied to seal it.

framed art of a vintage french liquor advertisement

We already had this picture that went with the French Vintage theme, so it was perfect for the room.

Even before I had this project idea, I wanted the floor tiles to resemble a Parisian cafe, so that was just a happy decorating coincidence!

wallpaper made from book pages

I absolutely LOVE how this project turned out. Let me know what you think!

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