How To Make A Vintage Book Print

If you’re looking for a Pinterest-worthy project or DIY Christmas gift ideas then you’re in the right place!

This vintage-style book print is not only a great way of recycling old books but looks pretty too and would make the perfect present for any bookworm. It’s honestly so easy to make, it took me less than half a day to make this one. Here’s how you can create your own…

You will need:

  • 1x frame

  • An old book

  • A4 paper

  • Inkjet printer

  • Computer with photo editing software

How to make it:

  1. First choose a nice frame, ideally one that’s smaller than A4 to make the printing process easier; I went for an elegant copper frame as I’m a bit of a magpie for anything metallic at the moment!

  2. Select a design to feature on your print. I found these vintage-style butterflies here. It’s not the best website but they have a fantastic gallery of free vintage graphics to choose from (if you have the patience to sift through them without a search function!) But you can find your design anywhere or even create your own graphics.

  3. Then, on Photoshop create a canvas the same size as your frame – mine is 20cm x 25cm. Make sure the background is transparent and put a faint border around the canvas so you will see where to cut once you’ve printed it off.

  4. Place your chosen design onto the canvas and delete the background if necessary. You can then edit the image to achieve your preferred look, upping the contrast, altering the colour etc.

  5. Next comes the tricky bit, tearing out the pages of a book! I almost didn’t have the heart to do it but if the book is already damaged in some way or definitely unwanted then it makes it slightly more bearable.

  6. I placed pages haphazardly overlapping on a photocopier and printed it out, but if you want a more authentic feel you can print directly onto the book pages by sticking them down to an A4 piece of paper first. If a single book page fits your frame you could also set your printer to print to that size.

  7. Finally print your chosen design onto your book pages and cut out so that it fits the frame. Place in the frame and proudly display it or wrap it up and give to a loved one.

You could personalise the print for the person you’re giving it to by adding their name/initials or create different sized prints to display together, the possibilities are endless! Let me know in the comments below if you have a go at making your own.