One of the things I like to do at market when Carrie is working so hard to shop for products to stock at Trendy Tree is to just wander around and take images of decorating and crafting ideas. Here is some inspiration for using books as creative risers.
Hardback books are a perfect way to create focal points of interest in the home. A stack of children’s books with a treasured keepsake toy on top, or books on a shelf with a pretty candle. This market for was fall and winter products so the theme was Christmas.
These books looked like they had been spray painted gold which would sure be easy enough! Now some purists would say that we should never deface a book. But how many books wind up in landfills across the country!
Of course, you don’t have to damage them to use as book risers. I love how the vase of flowers below sits on a stack of assorted green books.
This image was my inspiration for recently purchasing a Cricut! I hope to be able to make a similar book display before Christmas.
So far, this is all I have accomplished))) But I’ll get there!
Where to Find Books
I accumulated a LOT of books during my nursing education and career. Books such as that get outdated very quickly! And they pile up! One year I turned several of them into Halloween Spell Books by painting the covers black and stenciled some words on them.
But for my Christmas project, I picked up some books of the same size at Dollar Tree for $1.25 each. The local. library is a good place to check for books for sale. Sometimes they have piles of them at the door for $1 apiece.
Another place is a used bookstore of course. Old books can really have musty smells and cigarette smoke. It can be very difficult to get those smells out of books, but not impossible.
If you think you want to paint your books like the gold ones above or something similar, I would suggest just buying some new ones, if you don’t have old ones taking up unwanted space in your home that you no longer need.
More Book Riser Ideas
Wrapping it Up!
Do you have books that have seen their better day? Get them out and if they are no longer of use, dive in, give them a coat of paint, and put them back to use again!