This week’s Pinterest project was another rip and tear of well used books. Now, I know that some of you think this is controversial, but I’ve come to accept the artistic value in using extra copies of books that I love to make art. The first I made coasters, next I made an anniversary gift, and now I made a candle holder.
As usual, I took a project idea I found on Pinterest and tailored it to fit my needs. My jars weren’t actually jars, but a glass candle bowl. I also didn’t use whole pages, but pieces of them.
OK, so this is what I actually did…
I gathered my supplies (modge podge, exacto knife, glass container, sponge brush and books).
Then I went through the books and picked the pages I wanted to use. I love the chapter art from the Harry Potter Series, and as I had already abused these particular books I was completely ok with ripping out the pages. I was going to use the exacto knife, but I found that it was much easier to just pull out the pages and tear around the images to give them the unfinished edges I was looking for.
Once I had the pages ready, I coated the glass bowl with modge podge and then started applying the pages I had selected to the container. I also coated the pages with modge podge as I was applying them.
I then let it to dry. Once it was dry to the touch, I trimmed the pieces that weren’t smooth along the top edge of the bowl. After I had trimmed everything I then coated the entire project with another layer of modge podge.
Then it was back to waiting… I am really not so good at the whole waiting thing, but crafting is teaching me a level of patience I was sorely lacking. Once it was totally dry I put a plain white votive candle inside and proceeded to light it.
This is a picture of the final product! What do you think???