Sunday, February 24, 2013

Altered Wedding Guest Book Tutorial

Hi Guys!  Today is Saturday so I spent the  morning  doing my usual "Saturday Scrounging" at the local thrift stores.    I have been looking for Hilary a wedding guest book (not usually at thrift stores --lol!).  I had seen several on Etsy that were gorgeous; but priced at 100-150 dollars -- I just could not justify spending that on such a small book!  I am sure they are worth every penny for all the hard work the designer has put into them, but it's not something I put into our wedding budget. So -- you can imagine how my wheels started turning when I saw a new little wedding guest book for $1.00.  YES -- that's right $1.00.  However, it was ugly not very attractive or stylish.  So I snatched it up and brought it home with visions of hot glue, burlap, lace and pearls in my head. And here's what I ended up with  -- along with a short tutorial on how I did it!

I hope Hilary and John like it!

Here is what the poor little thing looked like to begin with.

First,  I took the insides of the book away from the cover  Pulling apart  carefully where it was glued together.

Now I had the ugly cover, the pages and the binder all separated.

Next, I used the old cover as a pattern and cut a piece of burlap the same size.  Now -- don't laugh at this part.  But I used duct tape to secure the burlap to the book edges.  I knew I would be adding hot glue over that part too -- so being the good ole' Southern gal that I am -- I did what every southerner does--  I fixed it with duct tape!  lol.  The next step was to hot glue the book pages back into the binder and then decorate the front.

All done!

Thanks for visiting and come back soon!



  1. Love it mom!!! Like I said, you could make trash beautiful.

  2. I think it's a winner! She REALLY likes it! LOL. Me too!


  3. Great re-make! Your talent is boundless~

  4. Lovely! Isn't it a great feeling to find a bargain, add a little love, and come up with a keepsake?

  5. Love it! You can work wonders with just about everything!

  6. I love it, so does John's grandmom. You are very talented.

  7. Wish I had just a bit of your creativity.

  8. Wish I had just a bit of your creativity.