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Our next entry was submitted by Maegan, who made a DIY Vintage Weeding Book. She reused a hardcover from old book to create a beautiful keepsake. She also sent us step by step instructions on how to bind blank pages and turn into this precious guestbook!

From Maegan:
This book would replace the traditional sign in guest book. Ideally it would be available for guests to write in during the entirety of the wedding activities. The idea is to have more words and meaning to your guest book than a person’s signature alone would give. It would also give the bride and groom something to read and possibly learn new things about each other. And once pictures are inserted, it can be a perfect recap of the wedding.

DIY Vintage hardcover book Wedding Book

What you’ll need:

– old hardback book with a cool cover
– Xacto knife
– book binding, linen hanging, or masking tape
– paper (for interior pages of book)
– one piece of cardstock
– paper trimmer
– sewing machine
– hot glue
– paintbrush
– mod podge
– alphabet stamps or any other embellishments you want

DIY how to Vintage Wedding Book

Instructions: (I included all step by step images that follow her instructions. A little lengthy, but very helpful!)

Step 1: Using your Xacto knife, CAREFULLY cut the cover off the interior pages of the book. (After removing my pages I saw that the spine of my book needed to be reinforced. I used linen hanging tape because that is what I had. Book binding tape would also work. Or even masking tape- just something to give the spine a little more support.)

Step 2: Measure the interior of your book and cut your cardstock slightly smaller.

Step 3: On your cardstock, make a mark at the center. Then measure the spine from your book cover. Draw where the spine will be on your cardstock.

Step 4: Measure and divide your spine in equal sections. Draw vertical lines to mark where your signatures (or interior folded pages) will go. I decided to make 4 signatures.

DIY how to Vintage Wedding Book

Step 5: Measure and cut your interior pages slightly smaller than your piece of cardstock. I used 10 pages per signature. My paper was thinner than regular paper, so if I were using regular printer paper I would use no more than 8 sheets per signature. Fold each stack of paper in half to create your signature. It doesn’t matter in the edges are not completely lined up.

Step 6: Take your first signature (unfolded) and line it up with the first line that you drew on your piece of cardstock. Hold in place with binder clips, paper clips, clothes pins…whatever you have. Now sew SLOWLY down the fold of your signature. Repeat until all signatures are sewn in.

DIY how to Vintage Wedding Book

Step 7: Hot glue the outside spine of the cardstock to the interior spine of your hardback.

Step 8: Brush Mod Podge onto the back of the cardstock and adhere to the vintage book. Hold in place with clips or pins. Let dry overnight.

Step 9: Your interior pages will most likely be sticking out of your book. Take a straight edge (I used a ruler) and tear the excess paper off. This will create raw edges which will add to the character of the book.

DIY how to Vintage Wedding Book

Step 10: Take your alphabet stamps and stamp the bride and groom’s name on the first page. Randomly pick pages throughout the book to stamp “save for photo.” This, of course, will be where you will place your pictures after the wedding.

Step 11: Embellish more if you would like. I chose to leave the cover plain. You could also ink the edges of your pages to “add age” to my pages. The possibilities are endless!

Step 12: Set out at wedding and let guests write away! You can place polaroids at the wedding or insert prints once you receive professional photos.

  • wow this is so rustic & breathtaking–love this idea!

  • Oh wow, the end result is just beautiful! Awesome DIY.

  • this is so great! a cheaper way to get the vintage look, love the stamps too!

  • This is wonderful. IT would be a fun keepsake to pass around on the wedding day.

  • Michele

    Love this!

  • Shannon

    This is beyond cool-i kind of want to make one for myself for a journal!

  • This is so beautiful! Absolutely love it.

  • jessica

    What a great idea~ I just bought a vintage book in ebay for the same purpose but i could’ve saved money if i had done this! But it’s not too late for a photo album…

  • Barbara

    I love this. I didn’t understand what a “signature” was at first. I am going to do this for a journal since my daughter’s wedding is a wonderful memory.
    Thanks for the idea

  • This is beautiful Maegan, i absolutely love it. You are doing a great job.

  • Mary Jane Grooms

    What a beautiful idea and it looks like it is something I could do following the instructions. Thanks!

  • Iris Washington

    Beautiful, inspired, I love it.

  • Katherine

    Absolutely gorgeous! So creative and talented if I do say so myself!

  • Stephanie

    Very cool idea, love the end result!

  • Angela

    What a wonderful keepsake! Love it!

  • John

    What a great idea. I am going back and redoing our album this weekend. Thanks for a neat family keepsake.

  • ALissa Gill

    THis is so cool! I love it.

  • Sue

    You are so creative. I am sharing this with all of my friends.

  • Ben

    How do you come up with an idea like this? Really. I would like to see the completed book.

  • Mimi

    We are so proud of you. You are the most creative person we know. Keep up the good work.

  • Poppi

    What a fun idea for an old book. It really makes it special.

  • Kathryn

    So creative, Maegan! I love it!

  • Tarah

    Awesome idea! I love the antique look
    and what a special keepsake for the couple.

  • Maddy

    wow that is amazing

  • Delicia

    Great look! Very creative, Maegan!

  • Kathy H

    This is really a beautiful book – ingenious and lovely – and well-engineered! Sure wish I’d seen it before I gave away all our vintage books!

  • KC

    So beautiful and creative!

  • Reagan

    What a wonderful idea that is truly a keepsake. So creative.

  • Reagan

    What a great idea! This is truly a keepsake and so creative!

  • This is a great idea! You are truly talented.

  • Pam

    Just beautiful!

  • Laura

    Love it! This would be a great journal for any purpose, you could use an appropriate book for a travel/vacation log, etc… Great instructions. Thanks for the idea!

  • Carrie Duncan

    Very creative! I Love it!!

  • granjan

    what a great idea. would also be a good idea to make a travel journal or photo album. thanks for sharing

  • Kim @ Inspired. Goodness

    Love, love, love this idea. Simply fabulous seeing so much craftiness!

  • Amber

    this is just gorgeous!! i can’t wait to make one! AWESOME INSPIRATION!

  • Lovely idea!

  • What a neat project! Definitely a great way to keep memories and special wishes from loved ones.

    Thanks for sharing! :)

  • I adore this idea …so original !!! :)

  • Sandy

    Thank you for sharing this fantastic project. It is so cool and original. Just beautiful. :)

  • Sarah S

    Thank you sooooo much for this wonderfully original idea! And for the easy-to-follow instructions. I was inspired by this idea and am in the process of making my own wedding guest book from an old book, and it’s going great! I’ll try to show you some photos when I’m done.

  • Neva

    Thank you so much for this DIY ! How do you do this burnt effect on the paper edges ?

  • Sarah

    Can you tell me the name of the paper you used (what is the thin paper called?) or what weight the paper was (I am trying to find the thin paper like that but I don’t know where to start because I do not know what it is called) :( any help would be awesome!

    Thank you!


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  • Megan

    I definitely made a super cool guest book from your instructions, the pics were quite helpful. Another fun way to do the edges ( I used much thicker paper!) was to sand them with mid- light grit sand paper… It makes the pages look very worn with the heavy paper. Thanks for putting your book on Ruffled, its an awesome idea!

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