Painted Book Edges DIY

I love arts and crafts. Now, whether I’m good or not is debatable. But I enjoy it nonetheless. I’ve been looking at ideas for bookish style projects, because, let’s face it, I live and breathe books. I can never resist a bookstore. Some people say I have a problem. I say…


Anyways, all jokes aside, I came across this project on Pinterest, and I loved the idea!

The things you will need are:

  • A notebook
  • Acrylic paint
  • Small paint brushes
  • Painter’s tape or washy tape
  • Paper towel
  • Clamps or a heavy weight


So the first thing you’ll need to do is wipe up the edges of the book so that you have a clean canvas to work with. Then, you’ll need to tape up all around the edges were you don’t want paint to touch.

IMG_1395Next, you need to press the pages down in some way. You can use clamps or a heavy weight. Then, paint a solid color onto the book’s edges. It’s important to have a dry brush to avoid moisture on the pages, and to use small  brushstrokes. Once your solid color is dry, you can paint different designs. Once the colors are all dry, you’ll want to wiggle the text block and then separate the pages to avoid them from sticking together. Then, remove the tape. Here are mine!


I definitely need some practice! But I was very happy of the results nonetheless. I had a lot of fun making them, and I know I’ll be doing it again. Next time though, I think I’ll try it with a thicker book!


CDN$ 21.30

Moleskine Classic Notebook, Pocket, Ruled, Black, Hard Cover (3.5 x 5.5)

CDN$ 21.38

Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint Set, 18 Piece (2-Ounce), PROMOABI Best Selling Colors

CDN$ 11.77

Paint Brushes, Laniakea® 12pcs Paint Brush Set

CDN$ 14.99

Neewer® 6-Pack Set Heavy Duty Muslin Spring Clamps Clips 3.75″

CDN$ 7.38

ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape, Original, 36 mm x 54.8 m


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