6 Ways to Use Old Books for Home Crafts


Download the free Guidecentral app to find more fantastic tutorials! It’s World Book Lover’s Day today and to celebrate we’ve picked out some awesome DIY projects made using books! It’s always a shame to get rid of old books but

Download the free Guidecentral app to find more fantastic tutorials!

It’s World Book Lover’s Day today and to celebrate we’ve picked out some awesome DIY projects made using books! It’s always a shame to get rid of old books but they can make for great home decor items so why not get creative and turn them into something else!

Book page lampshade

DIY book page lampshade

This book page lampshade from Kelsey at Fabulously Flawed would be great in any child’s room. She’s revamped an old lampshade by using pages from a favorite children’s book which provide fantastic colors and complement the room’s color scheme. If you want a more vintage look, you can use a white or cream colored lampshade and paste on pages from a novel, it would be ideal for adding atmosphere to any room! Find the tutorial here.

Faux Rosewood Wreath

faux rosewood wreath

This beautiful wreath created by Stephanie Lynn would add a touch of class to any room in the house. Stephanie created this statement piece using old book pages and carefully cutting and curling them to form little paper roses. This is a fantastic way to use up old books and it’s well worth the time put into this project when your result is such an amazing piece of home decor. Check out the tutorial here.

Kindle cover from hardback book

kindle cover made from book

Out with the old and in with the new! Many have struggled with the rising popularity of the Kindle and feel they are turning their backs on the traditional book by replacing their good old turn-the-page novel with a piece of technology. Here’s a great way to ease the decision though, by using an old favorite book cover to create a cover for your Kindle! Laura from Come Together Kids has done just that, customizing her creation with some beautiful fabric to create handy pockets for storage. Click here to see how she did it.

Book page posies

book page posies

Stop fretting about always having fresh flowers on your table and instead create a beautiful bouquet of book page posies which will never wilt in the sun. This tutorial from Mom Advice shows how to make the perfect posies from book pages. You can make just one for your mantelpiece or you can create a whole bunch to give as a gift or use as home decor. Check out the tutorial here.

Invisible bookshelf

invisible bookshelf
The invisible bookshelf has become a very popular piece of home decor in recent years, and it’s no wonder, as it both tasteful and functional! These are surprisingly easy to do, as demonstrated by Amy from Consider Me Inspired. Instead of using a novel as it is, Amy has taken a good sized hardback, covered it with plain paper, and added her own touch to the spine. This is a great idea as it might be difficult to find books with a suitably attractive graphic or title on the spine. Find the tutorial here.

Secret stash book

secret stash book

This is probably one of the oldest tricks in the book and one of the first crafts that comes to everyone’s mind when talking about other uses for books. Turn any book into a safe place to hide a secret stash by gluing the pages together at the sides and carving out an area from the center to keep your secret items. Vicky from Vivid Please has given this idea her own twist by using it to contain a creepy Halloween surprise! Check out the tutorial here.

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2 comments on “6 Ways to Use Old Books for Home Crafts
  1. Anoosh Iqbal says:

    This post has given me so many new ideas to use with my old books. I love using old stuff to make new things. It’s like giving new colors to old life. I never wanted to throw my books away and now your post helped me too. I found many inspiring projects in the Book of Books by Altered Upcycling http://www.amazon.com/Book-Books-Projects-beautiful-ornaments-ebook/dp/B00MGJADUK/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1407385936&sr=8-5&keywords=mahe+zehra. They also have a website where you can sign up for free stuff.

  2. Howdy! This article couldn’t be written any better!
    Going through this post reminds me of my previous roommate!
    He continually kept preaching about this. I most certainly will send this information to him.
    Fairly certain he’s going to have a very good read.
    I appreciate you for sharing!

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