Obviously collector books, quality library books and books we just plain love get pampered and kept on our shelves and tables. But what about the rest? Obsolete manuals, damaged books, those which have only kind-of survived the toddler years… where do they go, what do they become?Here are some great ideas I found for turning an old book into something new.
- A book wall lamp (actually pretty cool for a study room, library or just a geek like me).
- Join BookCrossing.
- Gesso over the pages to create a journal or sketch book.
- Remove pages and turn them into envelopes.
- Frame individual pages or collages for inexpensive artwork.
- Use as wallpaper (think bathroom wall, plenty of reading for guests!).
- Decoupage a table top.
- Stack several together (with cement glue in between) and clear coat to make an attractive centerpiece or a decorative column. Repaint spines and top if desired to resemble classics.
- Wad up unusable pages for packing cushion.
- Use for wrapping small gifts.
I’m sure there are hundreds of other ideas. Please share yours!
If books are in good shape and no longer needed in your household, please consider donating them to a hospital or shelter. A great idea for children is to have a book exchange party or a books-for-the-children’s-hospital party (ask everyone to bring their gently used books to donate).
If a book is not salvageable (or any parts of it that are beyond reuse), please recycle it.
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