How to make a super-nifty ring book

Guest post by Marya

Offbeat Bride reader Marya created ring books as a ring pillow alternative. The book-loving, English major in me is freaking out all over them! Luckily for all of us book-lovers, she gave us the DIY details.

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Being the book geek that I am, I couldn't resist bringing books into the wedding! Here's the step-by-step creation of my own ring bearer books…

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Things you will need:

Step 1:

Glue the pages together. I used Modge Podge because that's what I have and what I use for everything!

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Some instructions will tell you to glue the side and then glue to the back page of the book. For the sake of adding paper/ribbons, do this at the end. (I followed the standard method and ended up undoing things… trust me, leave gluing the pages to the back cover to the very end.)

Step 2:

Cut out the treasure/secret compartment using your X-ACTO knife.

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This is where not gluing the back cover will make your life easier because you'll be able to access the back of the book and tidy up the corners.

Step 3:

The next thing to do is to wrap the book. I used the technique my mom taught me in elementary school with brown paper bags. I didn't take pictures of this process but here's a how-to with good visuals and instructions to help you out.

Step 4:

Add your ribbons. Make sure to iron the ribbons before attaching them.

This is what mine looks like with the first ribbon added:

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And in the inside (I used some extra paper I had to make sure the ribbon didn't come apart):

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I used the two ribbons, but alternately considered gluing the white ribbon to the book and then wrapping the second ribbon as a bow around the book (like you'd wrap a gift). And then using the bow tie-off to secure the rings to the outside of the book. But, since we have young boys carrying the books, I decided the rings would be safer inside the book.

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Step 5:

Getting the secret ring compartment ready for the rings. Secure a smaller ribbon to the inside with a simple sewing pin so that it can be pulled out to remove the rings.

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Alternative: If you want to use books instead of bouquets

Just omit the first few steps and skip directly to wrapping the book — add ribbons and flowers and you're done!

Comments on How to make a super-nifty ring book

  1. I love this idea! For our wedding (one year tomorrow), our ring boy had this awful cushion to use which he threw across the room every time he was given to hold. We ended up tying a ribbon around his toy (the one he carries EVERYWHERE) which was a dog. The ribbon went around the dog's neck, and he carried it up to my husband and one of the groomsmen who was his dad, and handed the dog over, the rings were pulled off, and he got his dog back. He also ran around the room while we did our vows, but for me, the fact that we used his favourite toy in the whole world made it all the more special.

  2. Very cool idea Jen! I do like the book idea its different and unique. I was trying to come up with some ideas for (my second wedding that we are planning ) rather than using a traditional pillow for my husband's little cousin who is going to be a ring boy. I do like books& magazines and my husband likes to collect comics so maybe I could come up with something since we are having a desination wedding in california.

  3. Very cool idea Jen! I do like the book idea its different and unique. I was trying to come up with some ideas for (my second wedding that we are planning ) rather than using a traditional pillow for my husband's little cousin who is going to be a ring boy. I do like books& magazines and my husband likes to collect comics so maybe I could come up with something since we are having a desination wedding in california.

  4. I am In love with this, and I think I have decided to do it at my wedding. We aren't going to have ring bearers, so for bridesmaid and groomsman not to have to carry a froofy pillow will be a great relief to them

  5. Wow, that's super creative and so much fun to reuse later. I love it! Thanks so much for sharing, I'll be linking.

  6. This is how my fiance proposed to me actually! So it might be really nice to incorporate into the ceremony.

  7. oh is it even possible for me to geek out any more than this. i absolutely love this!!!!! i was thinking of using some of my books for centerpieces too…

  8. I’m doing this with an old “Fellowship of the Ring” book. It ties in nicely with my love of Lord of the Rings–and Frodo is the Ringbearer. Hahaha. I’m a lover of Lord of the Rings and puns, so it’s perfect!

    • I love this idea and I’m so going to make one! My dad suggested using a real book (no decoration on the outside) and the first thing I thought of was “The Taming of the Shrew” lol

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