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How to Make a Book Chandelier

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book chandelier cover
book chandelier cover

This is my last post on my best friend's very charming literary themed wedding. About 2 weeks before the wedding, I volunteered to make something for the guest messages when I found out that the couple will be using a regular guest book (sometimes, we hate the word "regular", right? :)). I got this idea from Paper Magazine. These are a cluster of book chandeliers that will make up a book hanging garden. Find out at the end of the post how the guests wrote their messages here.

hanging garden3
hanging garden3

Here are the steps for this project:

Cut an old book's pages using a cutter. It's actually not that hard because it doesn't have to be perfectly straight.

cut pages
cut pages

Use these pages to make folded petal-like pieces by simply gluing both ends of a page. Use about half of the total book pages you cut. (The other half may be scattered with flower petals on the on the aisle's red carpet for the ultimate literary themed walkway!)

flaps
flaps

Decorate the book. For this project I used colored paper with the wedding's motif: orchid, black and silver, to cover the books. I also used my cutting machine to make the couple's initials with wreath accent on the front cover.

black cutout
black cutout
glue
glue

To put the handles, I asked my father (Thanks, Pa, again!) to help me punch a hole using a drill at the spine of the book to insert a cable tie. I also glued the first and last page of the book at the cover to give it a clean finish.

book set
book set
books with handles
books with handles

I arranged the book pages in a cascading manner, not necessarily symmetrical, inside the book covers. Make sure you glue under the top "petal page" everytime you add one, not over or outside it. This ensures a neater look.

hanging garden2
hanging garden2

Finally, using my cutting machine again, I cut some bookmarks with flaps.

bookmark
bookmark

These were distributed to the guest for their messages then they inserted the bookmarks at the book hanging garden.

bookmark guest
bookmark guest

I had so much fun working on this project and I'm glad to report the wedding guests adored the book chandeliers too!