5 DIY Crafts for Used Books

Books & Things

Vintage Paper Vases

Image courtesy of Countryliving.com

Image courtesy of Countryliving.com

"A picture may be worth a thousand words, but words can create a pretty picture, too," writes Bethany Lyttle for Country Living, where we find our first project. "That's what stylist Paul Lowe set out to celebrate when he determined to make artful use of books and letters that, too often, end up in the trash."

Well, you can't put water or flowers in these vases, but they're lovely enough to hold their own. This simple craft by Country Living (start at slide 8) requires a book, a pencil, scissors, cardboard, hot glue and some mad skills with a craft knife.

By essentially creating an outline of a typical vase shape and cutting it into a book whose covers have been removed, an "accordion" of paper forms the rounded shape.  It's a simple, four-step process that might even have this novice crafter getting out the hot glue gun.

Following Country Living's example, try varying the size and shape of the vases you create for interesting arrangements and versatility.

Next: Whimsical Wreath

  • http://seethinkshare.wordpress.com/ Jon King

    Great idea’s… our local book stores are taking trade-ins’ now but they have SO many in stock.

  • Erica

    These are great ideas! I’ve done the secret hollow book before using the same tutorial you referenced. Be warned that it takes a really LONG time to cut out all of those pages. The wreath looks rad. I’ll try that next.

  • Nicole

    I am a purse freak, I still cry a little inside when my daughter carries one of my favs that I passed on to her cause she loved it, and I love her more than the purse. But this is awsome, I am determined to do this. Now I just have to find the perfect book, which is hard because I love to read and have a hard time getting rid of any of the ones I have, even for trade. Funny huh

  • http://weekendreaderbookshop.com Flo

    When I first saw the title to this article, I thought “Are these people NUTS?” But then I saw the beautiful and quirky results and was simply tickled. Unfortunately, not all books can be salvaged, sold, and / or rescued. These projects bring a fun life to books that have LITERALLY failed the test of time.