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20 Ways to Reuse Old Books

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20 Ways to Reuse Old Books

There’s something special about old books, isn’t there? They have a certain feel to them, a certain smell. If you have some old books in your stash that aren’t readable anymore, you don’t have to relegate them to the recycle bin. Try some of these book crafts instead!

When you’re looking for old books to craft with, you want to be respectful. A book that’s falling apart or missing pages is a no-brainer for crafting, but if you have a book that’s intact, you might want to think twice about cutting it up. Do a little research first! You don’t want to cut up something rare and valuable for your crafting.

OK, so you know your book isn’t a priceless first edition, but would it have value to anyone else? It doesn’t feel right to cut up a book that you could donate to a local school or library. Now that we can read on our Kindles, iPads, and even our smart phones, I feel that books don’t always get the respect they deserve. The point of upcycling is to take something unusable and make it usable again, so a perfectly readable book that’s still relevant might be better off somewhere besides the crafting table.

Have you done your Googling and a gut check? Let’s grab some old books and get crafting!

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!


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11:50AM PST on Jan 27, 2014

Thank You. Nice Article.

4:00AM PDT on May 19, 2013


2:24PM PDT on May 14, 2013

gasp. I could never deface a book :o it would have to be entirely ruined before I would even CONSIDER it

4:30PM PDT on Apr 27, 2013

thanks for info

9:30AM PDT on Apr 11, 2013

I like old books! Thanks for sharing.

1:53AM PDT on Mar 12, 2013

I come across a lot of really damaged books, magazines, graphic novels.

The ones with pictures I usually cut up and keep the nice artwork to be framed, etc. I'm always thinking of what to do with the books that I can't fix up. I hate when people throw them away and even get upset when I see them getting recycled. I want to know that as much enjoyment and use as possible has been salvaged from them before that happens.

7:39AM PST on Mar 1, 2013

Do this only if books are in bad shape. Third world countries and impoverished areas will put these to better use. All my Nursing journals and texts that the local library would not accept because they were too old ,were welcomed by impovered organizations, as they were scarce or financially un attainable! Try the USO or Peace Corps.

10:09PM PST on Feb 24, 2013

Love the book page necklace! Several of these ideas are "beginner proof," meaning anyone can do them - good thing, since I am a novice.

4:27AM PST on Feb 24, 2013

Great ideas!!!

2:14PM PST on Feb 22, 2013

If the book is that old, you may want to check to see if antique or has value, before cutting to pieces! thanks!

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