Sunday, September 26, 2010

Wrap it up...Give your books a new look

1. To determine the height of the jacket, measure the length of your book’s spine and

add 2 inches.

2. To find the width of the jacket, open your book, lay it flat, and measure its span.
Add the width of the covers (not including the spine) to this number.

3. Cut a piece of paintable wallpaper to these dimensions. Lay the paper facedown on a work surface. Fold 1 inch in at each long edge of the paper.

4. Place the book in the center of the paper. It will overlap the folded long edges and hold them in place. Wrap the paper around the book, folding over the book covers. Insert the covers into the pockets created by the folds.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010


It was hard work tracking down that vintage band poster. So why not make a floating frame to protect it from wear and tear? Clear acrylic sheets are available in many sizes, and a hardware store employee can cut them to size for you upon request.

*Center your poster between two clear acrylic sheets that are slightly larger than the size of the poster. Leave the white backing on the bottom piece of acrylic for a matted look.

*Secure the clear acrylic sheets with mirror clips or slide-on glass-door clips. For larger posters, use least two clips per side.

*Determine where you want to hang the poster, and drill small holes into the wall using a cordless drill/driver. Screw cup hooks into the holes.

*Measure the height of your poster frame and add several more inches for hanging as desired. A store employee can cut the chain for you.

*Make two loops by slipping the chain ends over each cup hook.

*Slip the framed poster into the chain loops, and balance its weight between them

Skill level: Beginner

Cost estimate: $30 and up*

Time estimate: Less than 1 day


2 clear acrylic sheets

mirror clips or slide-on glass door clips


2 cup hooks


cordless drill/driver