DIY Vintage Book Chargers

With all of the snow days that we’ve had lately, I’ve found myself in the mood to change things up, create something new, or maybe I’ve just become a bit stir crazy. Regardless, maybe you’ve found yourself in the same boat as me. I decided to take my boredom and turn it into productivity with the creation of these DIY vintage book chargers.

I LOVE books. I love the timeless, classic, nostalgic feel that they add to a home. I love the all-too-familiar, cozy smell of once-neglected pages being turned. I love the texture and dimension of uneven pages, yellowed and tattered on the seams. The sad part about that statement is that I probably don’t love books in the same way that most people do. I love the way they look, smell, feel… but I don’t necessarily love to read them. I’m sure that makes me a criminal of some sort. Nonetheless, books are one of the main accessories that I use to decorate with, and I love how an old book can be brought to life with these vintage chargers that can cutesy-up your barren dining room table.

Things you need:

  1. An old book that you don’t necessarily care about. (Go to a flea market, Peddler’s Mall, etc. to find them for CHEAP)
  2. Mod Podge
  3. 6 (depending on how many seats you have at your table), 10-12” cardboard cake rounds.

To make these sweet accents for your table, the process is really quite simple. The first step is to go to town cutting away at the pages inside the books. Cut mismatched, different-sized, different shaped cutouts of the pages. All of you Type-A personalities are going to have to throw your perfect, symmetrical, clean lines out the window. Let your right brain do the work today!

Once you have all of the pieces cut, apply a thin layer of Mod Podge on top of the pieces on the cardboard cake rounds. My aggressively, impatient (to a fault) personality wanted to glob the Mod Podge on to make sure that the pages stayed… take it from my mistake: THIS DOES NOT WORK. It only leaves you with wrinkled, smeared, gooey, gross page. I promise, a thin layer does the job.

Tip: Place the pages going opposite directions. This makes the charger more visually appealing and dimensional. Also, be sure to wrap the edges of the cake boards with the pages as well so that no cardboard can be seen.

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Once this has been done, all that’s left to do is wait! Let the Mod Podge fully dry, then you are ready to put your beautiful creations to good use. The best part? These can be used in any season, at any time, for hardly any costs. They’re timeless, classic, and simple enough not to distract from other décor that you have in your space.

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Whether you’re snowed in, bored, or needing a project to be busy with, I hope this fills you with creativity and inspiration today!



7 Replies to “DIY Vintage Book Chargers”

  1. Super neat idea y’all!
    I had at one point found a book print fabric I was going to make into napkins but decided against it. Now I’m thinking I might need to revisit the idea!

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  2. I love the “faux depth” the print gives to your chargers. From the photograph that includes your place setting, you’ve achieved an authentic-looking, antiquated charm. The assembly makes for an easy way to kill a morning!

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