I love collecting books and have always had a giant Ikea bookshelf in my home filled to the brim with my favorites. Lately, though, the bookshelf looks more cluttered than I’d like and I wanted a way to clean up the look of the bookshelf without actually getting rid of any of my books.
When I saw this on Pinterest originally, I thought it looked great, but didn’t get started on the project right away. Now that I have started it, though, I love the look of my shelf.
Time: about 5 minutes per book
- brown paper (I bought a roll of it online)
- white paint marker
- Think of this as wrapping the book like a present (without using any tape!)
- Roll out enough paper to cover the front and back of the book.
- Lay the book down on the paper and tuck the ends of the paper into the front and back covers.
- Crease the paper on all edges of the book to mark the size.
- Remove the book from the paper and fold down at all of the creases.
- Replace the book onto the folded paper and tuck the ends in to the front and back covers.
- Use the white marker to write the title of the book down the spine.
- Put the book back on the shelf and repeat with each book.
I have been plugging away at this project for quite some time now, and each book takes so little time, that it’s not a problem to complete this. I love the way my bookcase looks!
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