Hanging Literature

In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. A Hobbit wall hanging

The Hobbit is one of my all-time favorite books and I just wanted to show off what I recently made for our living room wall. This 24″ x 36″ frame held a gorgeous picture of a simplistic cream-colored vase of cream-colored flowers. I really should have taken a photo of it, but I forgot. As much as I loved the photo, I got tired of it after a few years.

What better way to recycle a wall hanging than to use it to bring more of your fandom into your home.

In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. A Hobbit wall hanging

I used the back side of the flower poster, but I had to make it look like a page from an old book. So I stained it using a wet tea bag. It was so easy and I love how natural it turned out. It truly looks like the old paper you’d find in an old, well-loved book.

To stain paper, keep a tea bag slightly damp, but not soaking wet. Keep a paper towel handy and as you rub the tea bag over the paper, use the paper towel to blot and smear the water.

Go over different sections of the paper several times to make various areas darker.

In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. A Hobbit wall hanging

This was the part where precise measurements and alignment came into play. In the Silhouette Cameo software, I fiddled with different fonts and sizes to get some of the text from the first page of The Hobbit to fit into the 24″ x 36″ frame. I ended up removing some of the original words, so that I could fit the more important sentences on the page.

After cutting the text out with the Silhouette Cameo, I carefully removed the excess vinyl from around all the words. This took a bit of time.

The photo above shows the final text cut out, with transfer tape covering it. Transfer tape allows you to move a lot of vinyl at one time. Could you imagine having to place each and every letter, one at a time, on the tea-stained poster?! This is the transfer tape I purchase and this is the vinyl.

In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. A Hobbit wall hanging

The vinyl poster, after placing all the text. It looks just like a giant page from the book.

In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. A Hobbit wall hanging

If you have never read The Hobbit, I highly recommend it. You can purchase your own copy of The Hobbit at Amazon for only $7.49. Or you can buy this gorgeous, cloth-covered illustrated version for $20.12. Another Hobbit related book that we have enjoyed is A Hobbit Devotional, featuring 60 humorous, challenging, and encouraging devotionals. Each reading sketches a scene from The Hobbit, relates it to a contemporary life situation you might experience yourself, and brings in the teaching of a relevant Bible story or verse.

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2 thoughts on “Hanging Literature

  1. May

    I was so anxious when I first saw the photo – I thought you had CUT PAGES OUT OF A BOOK. But of course, you had not done anything so disrespectful or destructive. It’s a lovely piece of artwork, and I’d not seen transfer tape before, that’s really clever.

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