Apr 8

Book Worm Party Invitation

My latest DIY post is up at the Cookie Blog. This week I created a “bookworm” party invitation for a book party out of some vintage books I got at the thrift store–go check it out for all the instructions.

(Also, thanks to Grace for featuring Aubrey’s Birthday Party on Design*Sponge.)


  • Heather says:

    What a fantastic idea!! Thanks!

  • Amy@OldSweetSong says:

    PRECIOUS! You’re amazing.

  • lola says:

    This is quite clever… thanks!!

  • k8theriver says:

    cool. but what’s a book party?

  • Abby says:

    Those are so cool. I love them. I too would like to know more about the book party.

  • Becki says:

    My sister is engaged. Her boyfriend proposed by giving her a book. Her ring was in a cutout inside the book. So cute.

  • .caroline armelle. says:

    wow! you always have the best ideas!

  • tara says:

    Jordan….these are absolutely incredible. I’m going to have to copy this one. The book party idea is fabulous!

  • Tonia Conger says:

    Jordan, how did you round the corners like that? Obviously not a custom di-cut job, right?

  • jordan says:

    I just used my corner rounder. It was a quarter inch corner rounder.

  • Lily says:

    This is breathtaking– just gorgeous! Did you create the invitation yourself at home or use a professional print shop? If professional, can you share some recommendations? Most of the printers I’ve found in SF seem to frown on us creative, little project folks!

  • Anonymous says:

    I am madly in love with that font!!! Reminds me of Blueprint magazine! Can you share the name?

  • jordan says:

    The Font is called “Little Days” and I got it off dafont.com.

    I printed it at home on my laser printer.

  • Anonymous says:

    hi jordan-

    usually, i love your stuff, but this one appalled me! cutting books, NEVER ok! especially these beautiful vintage books!

  • passionsandsoapboxes.com says:

    Very creative and don’t get me wrong because I do like it…I just could never do it…cut up a book. I know it’s just some dusty old, worn out, moth eaten bunch of paper but I still couldn’t do it. A book party however sounds like a cool idea….what is it

  • jordan says:

    I know some people aren’t comfortable with cutting up old books to make things with them but I am. I do lots of things with them: turn them into journals, secret boxes, I’ve used cut up pages for art projects before. The book section is one of my regular stops every time I go to the thrift store.

    I don’t think it is a reason to be appalled though. I am just repurposing something that is old and falling apart. I do usually check online to make sure the edition I’m using isn’t especially valuable. Most of the books I use aren’t literary classics but rather have beautiful covers or titles. This particular copy of Huck Finn had the cover falling off and smelled a little like urine. It has now been turned into something loved and useful and when we want to read Huck Finn we can go get the Hard Cover off the shelf.

  • Girlfrog says:

    I love this idea! My daughter and I are starting a Mom and child book club, and I think that this would be the perfect way to invite everyone for the first meeting. Also, even though it is cutting up a book I think of it as recycling! You are using a book that most likely will never get purchased to read and giving it new purpose!

  • Randi says:

    I love that. Will the other details of the party be posted sometime?

  • Lou@weheartbooks says:

    This is so incredible Jordan!

  • made sweet says:

    i love it! gorgeous.

  • laurie - magpie ethel says:

    Your blog often leaves me shaking my head at your creativity. Great idea and so cute to boot.

  • Melissa Jade says:

    omg. i want to do this for my students! If i start collecting books now- i can easily make it for their summer gifts! hooray!

  • Anonymous says:

    an invitation that smells like urine=no thanks.

  • Timothy & Kimberly Pettitt says:

    This is absolutely fabulous…I love your creativity!

  • Timothy & Kimberly Pettitt says:

    This is absolutely fabulous…I love your creativity!

  • jen jafarzadeh says:

    Each idea of yours I love more than the next! I’m keeping this as a treasure to do some time.

  • princess lasertron says:

    happy birthday to milo!! :)

  • Kate says:

    This will be shamelessly copied by me for a party coming up soon! Thank you. Each invitation you have shown has been wonderful.

  • Courtney says:

    If only I could spend 5 minutes inside that creative brain of yours! You are one clever, clever gal. Loving these invite ideas!!

  • TRS says:

    Yeah. Not a fan of destroying books.

    It took me 35 years to get comfortable highlighting books that I own!

    I could never destroy a book. I can barely throw magazines in the recycle.

  • Anonymous says:

    I’m glad we’re a society that protects books. Good for us! But, as an older reader (and teacher), I’ve had to come to grips with the idea that books are often disposable. I’ve written in or tossed out many.

    At a certain point, a little charm may be all a book has left to offer. Still, it’s probably good that it kind of goes against our grain. : )

  • awesomeasaone says:

    I can’t deal with how totally awesome this idea is.

  • Anonymous says:

    Sorry, but I’m in the gang that screamed a little when I saw that cut up book. :( Even if you can go and read the hard back you own then somebody with only a few pennies might’ve wanted to read that edition. :(

  • be gifted says:

    LOVE this amazing idea! And with the amount of wonderful items that end up in America’s trash cans. .. I am all for repurposing. Thanks for sharing your creativity.

  • Robin says:

    thank you for sharing the font information. i too think it is adorable though i personally could not destroy books either.

  • liso. says:

    i absolutely love it! just made an invite for my in-laws, letting them know our whole clan is coming to invade for their fortieth. thanks for the wonderful idea! ps – i think it’s hilarious that you mentioned the book smelled like urine!
    pps – i cut pages with a dremel, after i’d labored for nearly an hour on 35 pages. way quick and it left a cool brown, antiqued burn on the edges.

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