Deodorize musty books. Keeping books in humid conditions can cause mold and mildew to grow and multiply, resulting in a musty odor. The first plan of action should be to place these books in a dry environment, but beware—musty books can pass their mold onto clean books, so this should be a preventative action. In their book, Haley’s Cleaning Tips, Rosemary and Graham Haley recommend placing the book in paper bag with some loose baking soda. Let the book sit in the bag for approximately 10 days before shaking the baking soda off. You can also try unscented kitty litter or cedar chips.

  • If you are pressed for time, you can also try propping the book up in front of a small fan with its pages fanned out, then spraying Lysol from behind the fan. This should not be done on rare or valuable books.
  • If you notice mildew on pages of your book, sprinkle some cornstarch on the affected areas and let sit for 24 hours before dusting off.
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Book Page Wreath

I finally decided on a Fall wreath to replace the one on our front door 
Using the fabulous TUTORIAL from Emily at Jones Design Company,
I ended up making a book page wreath.
While it was ultra time consuming and used A LOT of hot glue, 
it was pretty easy to make and totally worth the time!
It was pretty inexpensive too – all I had to buy was a wreath form ($5 at Michael’s) and an old Thesaurus (.79 cents at Goodwill).
Here’s how it turned out…

 Isn’t it pretty!?
I’m debating whether or not I should keep it on the front door…
I’m worried about it getting ruined outside (even though our front porch is covered) 
and I think it would look really pretty hanging in the house somewhere…

5 Responses to Book Page Wreath

  1. Cara October 24, 2010 at 3:00 am #

    I love how your book wreath turned out! I’ve got this on my list of projects, but I just keep getting sidetracked. I’d love to have a book wreath to put in my reading corner in our master bedroom!

  2. Christina October 25, 2010 at 10:33 pm #

    So cute!!!

  3. julie October 26, 2010 at 1:08 am #

    i love it! i have mine hanging inside! put i love it on the door!

  4. Jen October 27, 2010 at 4:17 am #

    Love this! I made one too & its my fave project to date!

  5. Kaitlyn October 28, 2010 at 11:11 pm #

    Saw your link over at Jones Design Company…this looks awesome! Great job…can’t wait to try it myself!

    Kaitlyn @

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