Charming Garden Borders | How to Create Decorative Brick Books
Are you someone who truly loves books and embraces the bibliophile aesthetic in your home? Have you ever wondered how to extend this charming vibe to your yard? Well, today's project is here to provide an answer.
I'll walk you through the process of creating decorative brick books for the garden, a cost-effective and straightforward endeavor.
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This clever DIY will not only resonate with your passion for books but also introduce a unique garden border idea that you can enjoy while spending time outdoors.
Tools and Materials:
- Painter's tape for clean lines
- Clear outdoor sealant (to protect your finished bricks from weathering)
1. Paint the Sides
Start by painting the top skinny side of a brick in a neutral paint that resembles the color of book pages. I am using Folk Art chalk paint in Cashmere.
Then paint one of the longer skinny sides of the brick in the same neutral color.
Repeat this for all the brick books you want to make. Allow the brick to dry before moving on to the next step.
2. Paint the Book Cover
Now you are going to paint the rest of each brick in a different color. These colors will be the base of your front and back cover as well as the spine.
I decided to use bright colors but feel free to let your imagination shine.
3. Draw in the Pages
Use a black permanent marker to draw book-like stripes on the top skinny side of the bricks.
4. Embellish the Spines
Now, focus on decorating the spines of your "books". Use an array of permanent markers in different colors to draw designs, stripes, and shapes that resonate with your personal style. These decorations will bring each brick to life.
5. Assemble Your Book Art
Now that the bricks are all decorated, it's time to place them in your garden. Arrange them carefully to create a lovely and playful border that mixes art with nature. You can put them on paths, near flowers, or anywhere you want to add a bit of magic.
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How to Create Decorative Brick Books
And that's it – wonderful garden art that combines the love of books with the outdoors. By following these steps, you've changed plain bricks into fancy painted brick books, giving your garden its own special style. Let this project inspire your own ideas. Tell me what you think in the comments.
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