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20 Ways to Reuse Old Books

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book purse

1. The book purse – This is the classic reclaimed book craft!

2. Book journal – Old book + recycled paper = awesome journal! Don’t worry – you don’t have to get your supplies at Walmart. Your local craft store should stock all of those materials, or you can order them online.

3. Glitter pinwheels – Your kids will love making – and playing with! – these cute pinwheels made from old book pages.

4. Book headboard – Do you have a bunch of old hardcovers that are falling apart? Turn them into a colorful headboard!

5. Book jacket flowers – If the book itself is in pretty good shape but the jacket is horribly stained, pull it off and turn it into cute flower bows.

6. Rose wreath – Old book pages make a beautiful all-occasion wreath.

7. Kindle cover – Hollow out an old book and use it to keep your Kindle safe and sound.

8. Picture frame – Old hardcover books make beautiful photo frames that stand up on their own.

9. Book clock – Turn an old book into a little wall clock.

10. Book page fabric – Pull out your sewing machine and stitch together book pages to create fabric for all kinds of fun crafts.

Up next: Even more ways to upcycle old books!

Image Credit: Creative Commons photo by Topeka Library

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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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