Creating a book wall is one of the easiest projects I've done, but it looks very intimidating. I love to read and I love vintage books. For a while, I knew I wanted to repurpose old books as art - and once I started, it was much easier than I anticipated!
Steps for attaching book wall art:
1. You’ll need to gather loose book pages of varying sizes and color. Gather or buy old books of varying sizes (aim for an odd number of books – I used seven). Organize the loose pages by size so that you can easily grab the size you want.
2. Use Glue Dots or Scotch tape to attach book pages to the wall. I started in the middle of my area and then worked out. Be sure to angle pages, overlap pages, turn some upside down, and be aware of the text on the page – make sure you’re OK with it.
3. Once you have a good foundation of book pages for the background – start with a book towards the center of your design and use a brad nail gun to attache one side of the book cover with a pinch of pages too – then nail the other side. To help hold back more pages than the nail will hold, I used thumbtacks and then taped one page back to cover the tack. You can decide if you want the book fully opened or if you want the pages flared. For the most part, I let the books lay however they did, but I did tack back a few to give different looks. Also, angle the books differently to help give movement to the design.
4. Step back often and add more pages or books when needed. I added several more loose pages and one more book after over a week of looking at it and noticing gaps. Who knows if it’s completely done yet…
Brad nail gun and brad nails (I used 1.25” nails)
Loose book pages
Old books (thrift stores, antique shops, garage sales, Etsy, ebay)