How to Cover Your Floor with Book Pages

As a book reviewer, I get a ton of Advanced Reader Copies of books.  These are uncorrected proofs that cannot be resold or donated. And it seems like such a waste just to throw them away. So, I thought, why not use them to cover my floor and decorate my home?

The first step was to take the books we were using, remove them from their bindings, and tear the pages into pieces. We opted to go with old books because the typefaces used in them would give the floor the vintage feel we were looking for. Then I could use all those Advanced Reader Copies in decorations. Once we had all the pages torn up, we used a 1:1 mixture of glue (just regular old white school glue) and water to make a thin paste. We brushed a layer of paste on a small section of the floor, then began overlaying pieces of book page on the floor, covering with another layer of paste.


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  • well, personally i love wood floor...but i have to give credit to the creative idea!...keep up the good work!

  • Hi,

    I like to try this interesting method on my door. Appreciate if you could share your experience:
    1) How is your floor holding up till date? Any post-treatment required to maintain it?
    2) My door has been coated with paints. I am actually hoping to cover the painted door with the paper method. Any idea if I could just cover the painted door or I would need to scrap off all the paint before applying the glue mixture and paper onto the door? The paint is not flaking.

    Look forward to hear from you!

    Many thanks!

  • I like it, but is it durable? How long will it last? Does it have to be maintained? More information please! Thanks. You have a great idea there.

  • How do I get to be a book reviewer....used to be ads in Toronto paper years ago for this kind of job, I'm a voracious reader and would love to do this . If you could email me any kind of info I'd appreciate it. Love your floor, going to try it in my guest bedroom. Thanks, Heather