Decorating | DIY

How to Make Book Pages Look Aged

Today, we’re sharing our best tips for how to make book pages look aged!

We used this old school trick a few months ago for a vignette we created in the living room at Loblolly Manor.

I was actually outside making these topiaries when I came back inside to see my mom had given new book pages an aged look right in our kitchen.

And I could not believe how easy they were to make!

Once I got back home I was looking for a “filler” for our large dough bowl and immediately thought about those aged book pages that looked aged.

So, I decided to try her technique.

Here’s a look at what you’ll need to make your book pages look aged too…

SUPPLIES:

  • Small Paperback Books (without jackets)
  • Small Bowl of Dark Brewed Coffee (make sure it has completely cooled before you start using it)
  • 2 Sponge Brushes
  • Wax Paper
  • Cookie Sheet
  • Tarp or Trash Bags (for drying outside)
  • Ribbon
  • Scrapbook Paper of Your Choice (we used a script paper and one with neutral design)
  • Mod Podge

STEPS:

Line a cookie sheet with a layer of wax paper.

Carefully tear the book jackets off the paperback books you’re using.

Fill a small bowl with dark brewed coffee that has completely cooled.

Place the book on the wax paper, then dip the sponge brush into the coffee.

Begin brushing coffee onto the book pages.

Remember to brush coffee onto the front and back pages as well as the sides and spine.

Once you’ve achieve the color and aged look you want, allow the books to dry completely.

I let these dry in the sun using a large trash bag as a tarp for several hours and then let the let the books continue dry inside overnight.

The pages have to be completely dry or they will mildew.

After the aged books were dry, I wrapped some of them with ribbon,

created a new jacket for some and embellished others. This was really easy to do as well!

Use caution and care as scissors will be sharp to cut a new jacket from scrapbook paper or wrapping paper you can pick up at most craft supply stores.

Then paste it directly onto the front and the back of the book bundle using a sponge brush and Mod Podge or your favorite glue.

I also used a straight edge to make sure there weren’t any glue bubbles.

Decorating with Aged Books: 

I decided to wrap these with ribbon and trim too.

You guys, this whole process of how to make book pages look aged is so simple!

Vintage books in our area are getting really hard to find.

While these aged pages aren’t the real deal, they’re a simple way to get the look for less until you’re able to find enough vintage books to fill your bookshelves and create vignettes around the house.

And I’m all for simple and easy these days, aren’t you?

We hope these tips for how to make book pages look aged have helped. Let us know how you decorate with aged and vintage books!

Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

Many blessings,

CoCo

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7 Comments

  1. I can’t believe how easy these are to make. They have a romantic feel but I appreciate how the jackets can be customized depending on the style of the home, very smart.

    1. Yes, yes, yes, Bonnie! You can add whatever color or kind of scrapbook paper design to these that will best fit your décor. They are totally customizable and you can even make the pages darker too if you prefer that look. Super easy! Hugs, CoCo

    1. I appreciate it, Stacey, thanks so much! Hugs, CoCo

  2. Oh CoCo – you know how much we love book page projects! This is another one to add to our list. We love how you added new covers to the existing books. The books looks fabulously aged and vintage. Thanks for sharing this great technique with us!

    1. You guys are the Queens of fabulous book page projects so I’m definitely taking that sweet comment to heart! Big hugs, CoCo

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