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. Ooh, I like this idea a lot! We aren’t having a ring bearer but since we’re doing a ring warming we wanted something to keep the rings in or attached to as they get passed around. This works perfect for us! And one of our friends just learned how to do bookbinding so no books will be harmed in the process. Just trees… Poor poor trees.

  2. slightly altering this idea by using a ‘Lord of the Rings-Fellowship of the Ring’ book and leaving it uncovered

  3. OMG! I love this!!! I am a librarian and this is such a perfect idea. We are doing a “travelled to Italy” themed wedding and I can just see a book decorated with a Venetian gondolier or something of the sort! Thanks so much for this.

  4. You’ve sparked a great idea here! My daughter is getting married this spring and wants to include a “Handfasting Ceremony”. This would make a fantastic way to present and to keep the Handfasting Ribbons before, during and afterwards.
    Brilliant!!
    Thank You!

  5. I just bought the book for this today to use for our rings! We’re using “Secrets from the Treadmill: Discover God’s Rest in the Busyness of Life” since I’m a Christian and he has this theory about relationships being like a treadmill from back when we met in high school. Thanks for the great idea!

  6. We decided that, since we’re atheists and there won’t be a Bible for our friend-officiant to hold (AND we aren’t having a ring bearer) we’re going to get a copy of a book that means something to both of us (like Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) and make a ring book for her to hold. It serves a purpose to the wedding, plus it gives her something to do with her hands!

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