We’re back with a DIY tutorial from Desiree Spinner Events stemming from our earlier Valentine’s Day Table for Two. Using simple and affordable materials, the team at DS Events has pulled together a step-by-step guide to create colorful book name tags perfect for two guests or a hundred guests. Just choose your favorite fabric in your wedding colors to tailor the look to your big day. Enjoy!

DIY cupcake wedding ideas

1 – Pick out your favorite Valentine’s Day fabric to wrap your gifted book in. Lay the book down on the fabric and cut a rectangle around the book, allotting enough fabric to wrap the book in, as you did when you were protecting your books in grade school with kraft paper.

DIY cupcake wedding ideas

2 – Tuck the excess fabric under the front and back cover of the book.

DIY cupcake wedding ideas

3 – From the top of the fabric, cut down in the fold until you hit the book. Then, create a right angle
and cut along the top edge of the fabric, leaving a tab inside of the top front cover. Do this at all
corners of the book.

DIY cupcake wedding ideas

DIY cupcake wedding ideas

4 – Put glue on the right sides of the tabs, and glue to the wrong sides of the fabric used for the
front and back covers. Once glued, put back onto the book.

DIY cupcake wedding ideas

5 – Now that your book is covered, let’s decorate. Cut ribbon that will be able to wrap around the book three times. At the middle of the ribbon, place a dot of glue and place on the back cover of the book. Flip over, and tie at front cover.

DIY cupcake wedding ideas

6 – Cut three hearts out of felt. Take one of the hearts and hand sew the name of your Valentine.

DIY cupcake wedding ideas

7 -Glue the hearts to the front of your book, and you’re done! Instant Valentine!

DIY cupcake wedding ideas

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Inspiration Vendors (New York, NY):

Photography: Trent Bailey Photography / Design and Styling and DIY: Desiree Spinner Events / Table and chairs: Luxe Event Rentals / Candles: Pottery Barn / Ribbon Chandelier: Desiree Spinner Events / Cupcakes: Kumkwat Cupcakery


Comments (5):

  • Rachel - theWeddingVine on February 14, 2011

    Fantastic DIY ideas! I love the simplicity!
  • TIna on February 12, 2011

    That is so cute! And what a great way to avoid having to buy wrapping paper. I just posted about making valentines from the pages of old books on my blog -- that would go so well with a gift of a book!
  • Kirby {Colors of Honey} on February 12, 2011

    what a great way to dress up a plain book. I SO plan on doing this when giving gifts to loved ones and friends. xo Kirby
  • Reiko Tamura on February 11, 2011

    so pretty! love the idea of giving a book of bukowski!
  • lizzie on February 11, 2011

    What a cute idea! That would be an adorable way to wrap birthday presents too!


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