How Booking Cute!: Miniature Book Pendants

How Booking Cute!: Miniature Book Pendants

Two facts you should know about me: (1) I love old books, and (2) I love miniature ANYTHING. My bibliophile tendencies date way back…in fact, I’m pretty sure it’s a genetic affliction. And now that I think about it, my obsessions with all things dainty is just as genetic.

So, why not combine these two loves and add in a third obsession- DIY Upcycled Jewelry?

Seeing this idea on House Revivals sent me into a crafting frenzy, and I knew I could tweak and modify it to my personal style…and stash of materials. Because as we all know, I like using things I already have! This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

Repurposing a Miniature Antique Book

I had already purchased a decrepit old book from the thrift store for a whopping $0.25. It was so dusty and neglected, like the runt of a paperbound litter, that I bought it without any plan in mind. I also had purchased a bag of leather scraps – scraps from tanners, in various shapes, sizes, and textures.

Leather scraps and vintage old book from thrift store for repurposing into miniature book pendant / www.sadieseasongoods.com

The stars of this show!

My other tools/equipment? Heavy Duty Craft Scissors (for cutting the leather), a small hole punch, craft glue (whatever you have that is good for paper), and large jump rings. That’s it!

My old thrifted book was perfect for this project- yellowed pages with some already falling out of the spine, and the paper was SO crumbly that tearing it was dangerously easy. In fact, I’m pretty sure you could no longer read this book without destroying it the process.

Leather scraps and vintage old book from thrift store for repurposing into miniature book pendant / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Perfectly yellowed pages…

Starting with a couple of pages, I folded and tore off the blank margins.

Leather scraps and vintage old book from thrift store for repurposing into miniature book pendant / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Print = Good

Then, I simply tore the page into thin strips, each approximately the same width, to the size I imagined my book pendant to be (roughly 1” wide).

Leather scraps and vintage old book from thrift store for repurposing into miniature book pendant / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Mini pages to be…

Each strip was folded like a book, with the extra portion of the strip torn off.

Leather scraps and vintage old book from thrift store for repurposing into miniature book pendant / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Easy, easy.

I stacked a few of my folded pages together and punched a small hole towards the top in the middle of the fold.

Leather scraps and vintage old book from thrift store for repurposing into miniature book pendant / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Tiny hole punch!

When all pages were punched, I placed one on my leather to figure out how much “cover” my book pendant would need, and cut the leather accordingly.

Leather scraps and vintage old book from thrift store for repurposing into miniature book pendant / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Creating the cover…

Leather scraps and vintage old book from thrift store for repurposing into miniature book pendant / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Perfect!

I punched a small hole through the leather and threaded an open jump ring through it.

Leather scraps and vintage old book from thrift store for repurposing into miniature antique book pendant for jewelry / www.sadieseasongoods.com

And now for the book assembly.

Now I was ready to assemble my book pendant! Directly under the punched hole in the leather, I added a few teensy drops of craft glue. Then I threaded one folded book page through the jump ring, pressing along the fold to make sure it connected to the glue-on-leather. I also added small smear of glue to the outside of each of the book pages and pressed them to the insides of each leather half.

Leather scraps and vintage old book from thrift store for repurposing into miniature antique book pendant for jewelry / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Easy does it…

Following that first page, I simply added tiny beads of glue to the fold of paper (already threaded through the jump ring) and added one page after another, until I had glued and threaded each of my pages.

Leather scraps and vintage old book from thrift store for repurposing into miniature antique book pendant for jewelry / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Almost done!

Leather scraps and vintage old book from thrift store for repurposing into miniature antique book pendant for jewelry / www.sadieseasongoods.com

An itty-bitty book!!

Final steps? I closed the jump ring (with jeweler’s pliers) and gently opened my book to the very center (where the jump ring was visible) and glued those pages together. This basically seals in the jump ring. I then glued a few random pages together to achieve my desired “open book” level. I wanted my pendant to be mostly shut, but fanned just enough to seem bookish. Does that make sense?

Leather scraps and vintage old book from thrift store for repurposing into miniature antique book pendant for jewelry / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Final stages- gluing here and there.

A Mini Book Revealed!

After all was said and done, I rounded off my book cover corners just a hair…and then I made a bunch more pendants because they are addictive!! (And yes, the House Revivals blogger warned me that this was the case!)

Leather scraps and vintage old book from thrift store for repurposing into miniature antique book pendant for jewelry / www.sadieseasongoods.com

So Booking Cute!

Have mercy.

Cuteness overload.

Ok, back to making more pendants!! Craft on!

S

Comments

  1. OMG. I just cannot express how adorable these little book pendants are! I have a few old books myself, and and and . . . I think I feel an obsession coming on! Thanks for sharing your cuteness! Smiles, Linda @ Paper Seedlings.

  2. mylifecookbook says:

    These are so original and adorable! I too love all things miniature…..I think it was from reading The Borrowers when I was little…..great post! (found you on Party In your PJs)

  3. so cute…I saw these a few years ago at a Vintage market with vendors…the gal had made hers blank tho, so you could write your own book. I’ve been wanting to make some..they are nifty

  4. So adorable I’m going to pin it because these little book pendants are just perfect gifts for my nieces.

  5. Adorable! I may attempt to make some myself! I am in a woman writers group og sbout 30 women who would love them!

  6. These are really cute, and look easy to make. I’ve always had an obsession for minatures too! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Oh my gosh, these are too cute! I love them! What a perfect gift for a reader 🙂

  8. These are amazing! You don’t even realize how tiny they are until you see the process. Such a great idea. : )

  9. I am SO impressed by your ability to create these (and the patience!) I am absolutely awful at crafting so I really admire people that can do this well. Thanks so much for linking this to the Ladies Collective Linkup! Pinning this to our board 🙂

    Hope to see you again next week at the Ladies Collective Linkup…Wednesday’s at http://www.bestofbabylady.com 🙂

  10. OMGosh–absolutely adorable. Love them to bits. I’ve never noticed scrap leather being sold. I just bought a leather jacket for a different craft. I’m wondering how it would work…

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      I’ve seen the bags at Joann’s and Hobby Lobby (haven’t looked at Michael’s or AC Moore yet). But I’m SURE the leather jacket would work as long as you separated the leather from the lining. 🙂

  11. I love old books too. These are awesome! I must make some. Great idea and tutorial. Thank you!

  12. Loving these pendants. How special! Thank you for joining us at #purebloglove. We enjoy having you every Thursday night at 8PM, EST through Sunday night. ~Cydnee

  13. This is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO cool! Guess whos’ gonna make these……(wait for it…wait for it…wait for it….ME!) I have a book club and this would be an awesome gift for the ladies!! You Rock for posting this DIY!!

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Yay!!! I’m so glad you like them and please let me know how yours turn out. They are completely addicting to make!

  14. These are absolutely adorable!

  15. These are so cute! It seems there are a lot of us inspired by your book pendants, me included! Saw you on Mimi’s Five Star Frugal linkup 🙂

  16. These are just adorable, and so easy! I can’t wait to get a chance to make some! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  17. HI Sarah, these are soooo adorable and creative. Thank you so much for linking up to the Something to Talk About Link Party and I hope you join us again tomorrow at 6 am est again. Happy Sunday, Lisa

  18. Oh my goodness, I love these! Now I need to find a place that has leather scraps–thanks so much for this tutorial. 🙂

  19. Very cool! Thanks for sharing another awesome project.

  20. These are entirely too cute and a perfect present for a bookworm! Thank you for sharing on Idea Box link party! Hope to see you again next Thursday!

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