Monday, November 26, 2018

Literary Christmas Ornament DIY

For someone that can't sew a button, or stitch a thread, I really love to find ways to be creative and even better if it's good enough to show off or gift!

A few years ago I did a project I'd been wanting to do for as long as I could remember. I wanted to use my original, completely falling apart copy of Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone in something artistic to breath new life to it.

Don't worry, this paperback has been replaced by numerous copies!  Even though it was completely destroyed after nearly 2 decades of love, I was reallllllly hesitant to cut it up at all.

I may have closed my eyes for the first snip.

Using craft glue, Glass ornament balls and snippets of some of my favorite lines, I made Christmas Ornaments that I will treasure forever!

Literary Christmas Ornaments

Glass ornament ball
sponge brush
Mod Podge
book you can sacrifice
charms/ribbons of your choice for final touches.

First prepare your page pieces. I personally used favorite lines or quotes that mean a lot to me, chapter names, and even pictures on some. Cut pieces and set aside.

Pour Mod Podge into a container for dipping.

Working one strip at a time, brush Mod Podge along the strip while straightening it out on glass ball.

Once all pieces are assembled as desired, do another coat of Mod Podge over entire ornament. For this coat, I used a glossy version.

Once completely dry, add any desired decorations.

I glued a part of the Sorting Hats song to a sturdy gift tag I found, and tied it to the top of the ornament.

“You can keep your bowlers black,
Your top hats sleek and tall,
For I'm the Hogwarts Sorting Hat
And I can cap them all.

There's nothing hidden in your head
The Sorting Hat can't see,
So try me on and I will tell you
Where you ought to be.”

I also had a handful of charms from a bracelet I no longer wore that went great on this!

I can't wait to do this with sad copies of all my favorite books! I scour thrift shops and yard sales for this exact reason now.

What do you do when beloved books are no longer readable?


  1. My daughter would love this, great idea wish they sold them

  2. What a fun idea! I bet you could even sell them. Visiting from #TheHappyNow Blog link up.

  3. I love a good book craft, but only once the book is completely falling apart of course! It would be all kinds of wrong to destroy a perfectly good book!
    This is really lovely, perfect as a gift for a HP fan too.

  4. So cute, I'll show these to my kids who are such Harry Potter fans! Thanks for sharing

  5. This is awesome!! I love how creative and darling this is. So great for HP fans!

  6. I'm always nervous about cutting into books as well, but as the book was so worn, this is probably the best way to celebrate it! What a fabulous ornament! Thank you for sharing, and for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link Party. Have a great weekend!

  7. What a fabulous way to honor a beloved book and keep it with you. Thanks for linking up at my party!

  8. how super cute, my son is an avid reader, this would be a great way to share the holiday with him
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  9. Fabulous idea. Oh the places you can go with this idea, especially knowing someone's favorite book.Thanks for posting at Funtastic Friday.

  10. This is wonderful! I totally get your reluctance to destroy a book, no matter how loved and how many replacement copies you own! But the results are worth it! Thanks for sharing with us at Creatively Crafty #ccbg :)

  11. I am a total "Potterhead" as is my BFF so this idea is perfection. Featuring when my link party opens up tonight!