Pottery Barn-Inspired Book Bundles

March 11, 2011

deconstructed paper back books twine bows

I've been loving these deconstructed book bundles for quite some time, but I didn't want to pay for them. I also knew I could make them myself, it was just a matter of actually getting around to doing the project. Well, today's the day and it's super simple to recreate.

vertical deconstructed paper back books twine bows

They're simple vintage.  I love that. All you need are some thrift store books and some jute twine.

four thrifted hard cover paper back books for deconstructing

Having been an English major in college, at first I was afraid to rip the covers off.  But once I started it was pretty easy.  Here are mine after I went to town on them.

three deconstructed thrifted books decor project shabby chic

vertical three deconstructed books decor farmhouse shabby chic

I chose to go with three, rather than four books.  I just thought it looked better.

thrifted deconstructed books jute twine

Enter the twine, a la Dollar General. And voila.

three deconstructed thrifted books tied jute farmhouse shabby chic

three deconstructed thrifted books tied twine

In doing some research on these little beauties I found out that books are used in oh-so-many ways to decorate.  In this case, I guess you could say it's book-as-relic decorating (I read that somewhere and thought it sounded impressive). I just love that I could recreate this look for so much less than retail price! 

fireplace mantel deconstructed book decor vintage clock candle holder

Well, that's it until next time, friends! 
I hope you enjoyed reading about 
Pottery Barn-inspired Book Bundles
and that I've inspired you in some way.

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Carol, The Answer Is Chocolate said...

These look fantastic! I actually did laugh out loud while in PB when I saw the asking price. Uh...NO because I know talented creative people who can do this for a fraction of the cost. Happy weekend!

Tricia @ Vintage No. 35 said...

I just did that a couple a weeks ago to some cheap books I found at Goodwill. I love the look of them.

Rissa @ Hazel and Honeysuckle said...

I love the look of these but I just could never pull the covers off! lol!

A Few Pennies said...

Beautiful creative idea! Love Pottery Barn too but prices are rather extreme on some things--thank you for sharing this awesome idea!

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Hi Kathleen...love ol' book bundles! I think PB got the idea from blogland!

{twenty}something said...

I just bought 3 and am ready to rip 'em up... I understand the hesitation, though. I am an English teacher!!!

Anonymous said...

Ok, I am definitely going to be copying! Probably even have some books laying around - so free project!! Gotta love that.

elizabeth@themustardceiling said...

Great project, I can't believe the stuff that PB tries to sell sometimes. Thank goodness for creativity. Thanks for sharing.

Anne Marie said...

Hi! Have a great time on Saturday!! wish I would be there :)

Carol, The Answer Is Chocolate said...

Just popped over to wish you ah Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Lindsey said...

I have started to collect old books recently. I am going to have to do this to a couple of them! I love the vintage look. Would love for you to join my linky party! :)


Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Very nice. I like the tough textured look and the colorful spine on the center book. I'll have to go check out that book site.

Esther Asbury said...

Love the book bundles -- have an altered book project in the making myself!

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

So nice to meet you today, Kathy!
Your jewelry is gorgeous.
I will forward your charm bracelets for dancers on
to my girlfriend!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
Alison :)

Anita at Cedar Hill said...

I love your book bundles Kathleen. Sorry the embedded comments weren't working for you. Just for you, I switched back to pop up comments, so hopefully it will work again. Thanks for letting me know that wasn't working!!

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