Last week we had a family bible repair day. Er 20 minutes that is. Both hubby and I’s bibles had huge chunks of pages falling out of them, and it’s rather hard to follow along in church when your bible is falling apart!
Now, of course we could’ve went and bought new bibles. But since we keep them in out bible cases, the covers were still in almost perfect condition. Besides, I really like my bible. It’s a larger bible with all sorts of references and facts about each chapter at the bottom of the pages. Basically a study bible and it has all of my notes and underlines and everything else as well. Not something you “just go out and replace”. Jason had the same opinion so we decided the best thing to do, would be to fix our bibles and try gluing the pages back in.
I’m sure there is a book glue out there specifically for this type of thing, but I figured it wouldn’t be to hard to use something else. School glue seemed like a joke, and my crafting glue would’ve been too messy. But Mod Podge just might do the trick!
You see, when Mod Podge dries it’s still just a bit flexible which is perfect! I used the regular matte finish and a smooth brush.
I made sure all my pages were in the proper order before gluing. Then I brushed the Mod Podge onto the binding. You don’t want it too thick, or too thin. Just enough so you can see the white of the glue.
I stacked all of my lose pages together in a tight bundle and lightly brushed glue onto the binding edge of it as well. Then I carefully placed the pages in, lined them up as best as I could and shut the bible tightly. If there is too much glue in there, it will seep out onto the pages and glue them shut.
Fortunately I didn’t get to much glue in there and my pages open nicely.
I’m pretty sure you could use this method to glue books back together as well. Now the true test will be to see how long the glue holds. 🙂
So what about you guys? Need to have a family bible repair day? Or do you like to go out and buy new things?