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It’s time for another Create with Me DIY Challenge.  For this month’s challenge, see how I made a rustic DIY planter using book pages!

It’s that time again – time for another Create With Me DIY Challenge.  And you guys certainly aren’t making this project easy!!

When I saw that book pages won the vote last month, I had no idea what I was going to make.  So, I naturally searched Pinterest for ideas.  There was pretty garland, DIY flowers and other various crafts.  But, nothing really stuck out to me and I didn’t want to make something that’s been done before.

Since I have SPRING on my mind, along with the nursery project that seems never-ending at this point, I decided to make a planter using book pages.  The perfect little planter that will look so cute on her farmhouse shelves!

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Supplies:

First, I have to admit I totally cheated on using book pages.  My favorite book ever is Pride and Prejudice.  I’ve probably read it 1000 times and know it nearly line for line.  My favorite quote from the book:

“In vain have I struggled, it will not do.  You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you”

I was going to rip out the page with that quote on it to use for the planter but I just couldn’t bring myself to do it!!

Then I thought about using a page from the Bible with a verse from our wedding.  But, I’m pretty sure that’s definitely not allowed.

With no spare book pages, I went to Michaels and found book page cardstock.  It was 89 cents for one sheet, which was more than enough to cover the planter.  You can’t tell from the pictures it’s not real, right?!

Okay, so after I cheated with the book pages, I cut up a few sections to the height of the planter.

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After painting the pot with chalked paint (my FAVORITE), I applied Mod Podge using the foam brush to the bottom part of the pot (under the upper rim).

Then, I placed the pieces of book pages over the Mod Podge.  The pieces overlapped a bit and weren’t completely straight.  Once everything was covered, I applied another coat of Mod Podge over top of the book pages.

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After that dried, I used a paper towel to liberally apply some antique wax all over the pot (including the upper rim).

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Then, I wiped off the excess with a clean paper towel.  Don’t leave it on too long!  The wax dries really quickly.

Last, I gave the whole pot a quick sanding, focusing on the seams of the book pages to try and make it look a little more blended and rustic.

In the spirit of spring, I picked up some pretty pink blooms from Michaels and the little pot was complete!  It’s going to look perfect on the nursery’s farmhouse shelves.

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AND, check out what these other talented ladies came up with this month!!  Who knew there was so much you could do with book pages?!

DIY Planter from Bookpages via Making Joy and Pretty Things

Book Page Flowers via Two Purple Couches

Easy Book Page Art via Little Bits of Home

Paper Tulip Wreath via Knock it Off Kim

Easter Book Page Banner via My Life from Home

Book Page Easter Egg Wreath via Our Crafty Mom

Wishing you a joyful day!

18 Comments

  1. Kim Carter-Young

    I love it! Such an easy project, too and it will look fabulous in the nursery!

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  2. Michelle James

    I love this rustic planter! The antique wax really adds to it and you would never know they aren’t realy book pages!

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  3. Emily

    Sarah, I LOVE this!! The antique wax gives it such a warm and worn look! P&P is my favorite novel, too, and I don’t think I’d be able to bring myself to rip it up, either! I had no idea Michaels had book page card stock – this is awesome! My “crafting book” is one from college that I know I’ll never read again, and don’t feel guilty about cutting up. But when I use this one up, I’ll have to take a trip to the thrift store or someplace to find another one!

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    • Sarah @ Making Joy and Pretty Things

      Ahh I should have used an old college textbook!! I’d love to rip those up haha!! I’m so glad you like the planter (and Pride and Prejudice, too of course!!)

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  4. Shani | Sunshine & Munchkins

    What a cute little planter! And I don’t think you cheated at all using the scrap page book pages–that was brilliant in my opinion because then you didn’t have to ruin a perfectly good book! 😉

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  5. Samantha

    Love these so much! You did such a great job!

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  6. Sarah Campbell

    What a great idea! These would be lovely as centerpieces at a rustic wedding!

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  7. Lora

    I love the look of book pages — this is such a perfect spring craft!

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