Last week a few of my girlfriends and I got together to play and learn a great technique for distressing old books. It's a fun variation on the cover-less books that are all over in our decor these days.
My friend Denise was kind enough to let me share it with all of you. Trust me... it's really easy!
First remove the cover of any old book you pick up at Goodwill or a garage sale. Then carefully tear the book apart into 1/4' - 1/2" sections.
Next mix up a batch of strong instant coffee and dip the 3 unbound edges into the coffee mixture. (Sorry, I forgot to shoot a photo of this step.)
Lay all your sections outside on a towel to dry in the sun. I tried leaving one book whole, and it didn't work as well as tearing the sections apart, so take my advise and don't do it that way.
If you want to... re-dip some of the sections to make them a little darker than the others.
Once all the sections are dry put them together and tie twine around them like you are wrapping a package.
You can't make a mistake with this project, but some books do wrinkle better than others. If you have a book that isnt soaking up the stain the way you want it to, you can try sanding the edges with sandpaper while it's dry, or maybe try it while its a little damp too.
I love the finished effect. I have bundles of them all over now!
See.. I told you it was easy!!!