Deceptive dust covers – revisited

This week I’ve been spending some quality time with an old DIY of mine; I had some books that I’ve been meaning to re-cover for ages, and there was no better time than the present to cover them. Especially when one has a head cold and is house bound. 
I first thought of this idea years ago for some of my favourite books which were a bit too colourful or unsightly for my liking, so I came up with a cheap, cheerful and crafty solution – deceptive dust covers. An oldie, but a goodie.

Below – you can see the new covers in action on some of the more colourful books in our ammunition, along with the ‘before’ pic for comparison … 

You of course don’t need to go dark with your dust covers – that’s just my preference. It would be just as easy to do the opposite and cheer up otherwise bland and dark books by using bright construction paper. I’m just partial to old looking books. 

I will be the first to admit my deceptive dust covers idea partly came about to temporarily suppress my dream to have a library full of old books when I grow up. The smell of rich mahogany, leather bound books, ladders, long hours reading on couches and twirling. Basically just becoming Belle from Beauty and the Beast. 

I had to finish with this picture of Toshi – there was a book laying open on the table, the windows were open and the wind was flipping the pages. She looked caught between terrified and amazed. Silly kitty. And of course, you can check out my full dust cover tutorial here if you’re curious. xx A

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  1. July 8, 2013 / 15:05

    LOVE this.
    I remember in elementary school having to use brown paper to protect our text books. I am not sure why I didn't keep doing this; it is brilliant.

    I love your take on it – using metallic pens to write and decorate – super cute!

    Oh, and my M-I-L is ridiculously awesome – wouldn't cover her up for the world!

    • July 9, 2013 / 09:17

      Thanks Pat 🙂

      It really is a rainy day DIY. I will admit at times I'm all like that lady on tv – "ain't nobody got time for that". Which is probably why I only make them once every couple of years.

  2. John JJP
    July 8, 2013 / 21:14

    this has to be one of my fav DIY's of yours! its such a creative idea. it would take ages to cover my book collection though lol.

    also i love your nails! very new twist on the iconic 50's nails. pretty 🙂

    • July 9, 2013 / 09:19

      Haha, thanks John! That was the first time I had done them like that with gel nail polish. Just be glad you can't see my right hand. Disaster.

  3. Anonymous
    July 12, 2013 / 12:51

    This is SUCH an amazing DIY idea. Perfect for a rainy day, although I don't think we'll be getting one any time soon, LOL.

    Just found your site – I'll be hanging around for a long time! Great work Hydrangea Girl 🙂

  4. March 13, 2014 / 18:35

    I was inspired by this post to decorate my custom hardcovers with the same method. Using a stencil, a gold pen and a lot of patience I managed to blag a posh Batman book!

    It's on my Instagram 🙂

    • March 18, 2014 / 17:18

      Ahhhhh this is so awesome Jim. Thank you for sending me linkage!!! 🙂

      xx A