Awesome Ideas for All Your Old or Unwanted BooksJune 20, 2010 7:00 am Green Crafting
Adapted from “80 Awesome Ideas for All Your Old or Unwanted Books” from OnlineColleges.Net.
Maybe the semester has passed and you forgot to sell back your text books, or perhaps you just held on to too many books over the years and now you need to figure out what to do with all of them. You don’t want to throw them away, so what is left to do with them all? Here are awesome ideas that will have you realizing that books aren’t just for education.
Use your old books around the house in creative ways with these ideas!
Book safe. Cut out the center of old books to hide valuables, such as extra cash or jewelry, in plain sight.
Lamp. Use three books to make this fun lamp.
Picture frame. Using a children’s board book, you can alter it slightly to create a custom-sized double picture frame.
Wall art. Turn eye-catching covers or brightly-colored pages into wall art to decorate your home.
Create art. Check out these art projects done with old books to spark your creativity for your own project.
Tabletop. If you have an old table that could use a facelift, use the pages of a book to decoupage a table top.
Word plates. Use old plates and text cut out of old books to decorate in an unusual way.
Wreath. Make an attractive wreath from an old paperback book.
Origami. If you are learning how to do this ancient Japanese art, practice with pages from your unwanted books.
Wall book shelf. Make a book shelf on your wall from a few old books.
Pen holder. Make a pen holder out of the spine and pages of a phone book or other soft back book.
Make an envelope. You will want to have one side blank so you can address the envelope, but you can use pages for making envelopes for personalized notes or cards.
Flowers. Make paper flowers from the pages to create a sweet gift for the book lover in your life.
Basket. Instead of magazine pages, use book pages to weave a paper basket.
Gift tags. Make unique gift tags from comic books or even the regular pages of any book.
Stationary. Use pages of a book as the recycled paper needed here to create your own stationary.
Gift bag. Instead of using expensive gift bags, make your own from book pages when it comes time for gift giving.
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