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20 Ways to Reuse Old Books

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11. Book page bunting – The best part about this upcycled garland? You don’t need any glue to make it!

12. Deoupage letters and frames – This is a two-fer! Use Mod Podge and old book pages to cover decorative letters or to revamp an old picture frame.

13. Pennant banner – Old book pages are a lovely medium for making a banner. You can make these as party decorations or design something that you can hang year-round.

14. Wall of pages – Got a wall in your home that needs a little love? Cover it in book pages! No, seriously!

15. Book-quet – Old book pages make a lovely bouquet of forever flowers.

16. Floral garland – Create a dramatic conversation piece to adorn a bookshelf or mantle.

17. Chandelier – Do you have lots of fun, craft punches? Gather them up and make a cascading book page light fixture.

18. Necklace – Wear your love of reading around your neck with this cute tutorial.

19. Tiny storage – Grab that X-acto knife and tranform a book into a box for your valuables.

20. Hedgehog sculpture – How cute is this little hedgehog? This page is translated from Dutch, so when she says “pocketbook,” she means a small, softcover book.

Have you guys made anything fun from old book pages? I’d love to hear your ideas in the comments!

Image Credit: photo by Becky Striepe

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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

Thanks

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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