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 gave new book pages an aged look right in our kitchen. 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 new 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…
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
Tarp or Trash Bags (for drying outside)
Scrapbook Paper of Your Choice (we used a script paper and one with neutral design)
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.
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 and 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 to create vignettes around the house.