Check Out Books as Mobiles

Check Out Books as Mobiles

Misty Adair
Feb 2, 2010

Once upon a time, in our youth, a book mobile was a library on wheels that visited our school every Wednesday. Recently, we spotted an updated version of the "book mobile" in the window of Eliza Page jewelery studio in Austin. We were so enamored with the charming display that we had to go inside and see the equally charming jewelry (mostly made by local designers).

We especially love the idea of grouping mobiles and possibly other paper sculptures to create a vignette in the home. These hanging books reminded us of the Shop House mobiles previously featured on Apartment Therapy in 2008. Shop Houses still offers handcrafted pieces made from books and print including mobiles, beaded jewelery and shadow boxes. However, as much as we support the fabulous Etsy crafters, we'd like to try making our own book mobile. We've dabbled in altered books projects before and have found inspiration for interesting art projects using the book as canvas. There is no shortage of amazing examples of books as art, but not everyone can jump right into carving the Mona Lisa in book pages.

On a more practical note, AT highlighted a lovely wreath made from book pages and a tutorial for creating your own (thanks, Lindsay). But where is the book mobile "how to"? Have you seen instructions on making book mobiles or any other simple home decor from print pages?

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