Old books bring back so much nostalgia. The smell, the feel of the yellowed pages, and the desire to escape into another world within those pages. Do you pass up those old books when you go junkin’? They are always on my mind when I visit thrift stores or garage sales. You may think again about passing up those old books once you see this easy DIY Unbound Book Bundle knockoff!
Those bundled books – they make me swoon – but not enough for hand over $20 – 30 bucks a bundle! They sell these at Ballard Designs as well as Restoration Hardware. Unbound books look so beautiful, especially wrapped up in twine, but it is one of THE easiest DIYs I’ve ever made.
Here’s how to get this similar look for a fraction of the cost. Affiliate sources are provided for your convenience – read my full disclosure here.
DIY Unbound Book Bundle
TwineFirst, I went to my local Goodwill and found these AWESOME books. They ranged anywhere from 25 cents to a dollar.
Another trick is to check the clearance bin. I grab any old hardcover book – my personal preference are books published before the 50s.
For this stack of 4 books, my total cost was only $2.25!!
I absolutely LOVE the old inscriptions left from the previous owners! That handwriting is beautiful!
Next, you take your exacto knife and carefully score the hardcover binding on the front and back inside covers. Take your time so you don’t rip the pages.
Just discard the old covers. Finally, wrap the bare books in twine and that’s it!
Sometimes, I added a little embellishment for my own personal touch.
It’s a fun easy way to add neutral touches of decor in your home.
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