DIY: Book Centerpieces

I love books. Simple as that.

I love the stories they hold, the feeling of holding something solid and adored by many hands, the way the covers and binding look…. Actually, my husband and I both love books and we wanted to share our bibliophilia with our families and friends as part of our wedding last year.

Now that our one year anniversary is edging closer, it seemed about time to share our literary inspired centerpieces and step-by-step directions on how to make them yourself. As an added bonus, the books are a great wedding favor for your guests to take home with them!

Disclaimer: No books were injured or destroyed in the making of this blog.

What You’ll Need:


  • Books! (we used ones with blue, white, and black bindings to match with our wedding colors)
  • Washi Tape (in block colors or simple patterns)
  • Scissors
  • Heavy Card Stock
  • Jars or Vases
  • Battery Powered Tea Lights
  • Colorful Stones or Sand (we used fish tank stones)
  • Hot Glue and Glue Gun

Got the Stuff. Now What?

First off, gather all of your books and arrange them the way you want. We had books in stacks, standing upright, tented open… There’s many different options for arrangements, so get creative. This will determine exactly how you mark out your numbers. Cut strips of Washi tape to size to mark out your numerals (this stuff is great since it is easy to remove without wrecking the covers). I actually used two colors for every book to add a sort of 3D effect to the numbers.


Next, prepare your jars/vases/lanterns. We just picked up a bunch of cheap jars at Good Will and cleaned them up.Since we had our wedding on Halloween, we wanted to add a bit of the spooky, shadowy feeling to our literary centerpieces. Using heavy black card stock, we cut out the outlines of creepy trees, pumpkins, and headstones. Chose whatever shape to suit your theme (flowers, trees, vines, etc…), trace out the shapes (making sure it’s long enough to fit all the way around your jar), and cut out. Use the hot glue gun to attach the paper around the base of the jar.

Now the jars are ready for some color! Using your stones or sand, fill the jars at least a third of the way full. Get creative, use layers, sea shells, whatever you want. We filled ours with blue stones to match our wedding colors. Once you’re done with that, nest the tea lights inside.

Stack the books up so your table numbers show clearly. Place your jars so that the tea lights can throw out some cool shadows on your special night and add some ambiance to the decor 🙂



 How fun with it! We know we did 🙂

The Memory Table-for those who were unable to join us in body, but were there in spirit


Happy Planning!!!


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