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An easy, inexpensive solution for a major statement wall in your home.
A high impact DIY solution for a statement wall in your home. You can choose to do this in a small area like an entryway which should take you only about a couple of hours or on a huge wall like mine (about 22 feet wide) which took me about 10 hours to finish. My layout was symmetric but if you do the placement of the pages randomly then you'll be done in no time!

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  • Step 1

    Get your materials ready.

    1. An old book. I found two collapsing books with missing pages from an old bookstore. Since I wanted a symmetric placement, I looked for books with the same pages in terms of color, font size and page size. If you want a random placement or a color graident of sorts, you can choose any kind of pages and mix it up.

    2. Wallpaper paste.

    3. Tray/Dish. Any container (that you won't eat out of) to lay each page out and cover with the wallpaper paste before putting it up on the wall.,

    4. Brush. I picked a regular paintbrush.


    5. Something to flatten any bubbles out during the pasting. I use a plastic scraper and it worked really well. You could use anything that's hard and can help flatten things out. Honestly, you can use your fingers too, but I had a scraper lying around so I used it.

    6. Level: I eyeballed the pages but if you use a level, pasting the pages would definitely be faster. Also, if you're doing a random placement, you don't need this at all.

  • Step 2

    I started from the extreme bottom-left corner of the wall, took my book pages, slathered wallpaper paste behind each, and started going up vertically. Because the pages were all one size, it didn't really take a super-human effort to keep the columns straight. But again, if I'd used a laser level, I probably would've done this faster versus eyeballing it.

  • Step 3

    The wallpaper paste is very easy to manipulate so if you place a page wrong, just lift and reposition. It's the easiest thing. And if you accidentally rip a page, just either put it just like that (it won't show and even if it does, it'll add character) or take it off and add a new page. This is really the easiest project ever.

  • Step 4

    Just keep pasting and you're done! Also, I didn't put any protective covering on the pages and they lasted just fine. Rock solid.

  • Step 5

    I trimmed off excess pages at the top of the wall once it was dry - I tried doing it when it was wet and I ripped the page like a mother. Not the way to go at all. Trim when dry.

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