Upcycled Secret Book Safe Tutorial

How to make a secret book safe. Photo: Dinah Wulf

How to make a secret book safe. Photo: Dinah Wulf

What can you do with an old book? You can try giving it to a library or secondhand bookstore, but not all books are acceptable for donation, including those that have out-of-date information or are too damaged to read. Being the trash-to-treasure gal that I am, the answer to this question for me is simple: I upcycle it!

For one recent project, I made a book-safe. I’d wanted to give something like this as a gift, but I figured that I would have to buy it because it would be too difficult to make.

But I took the time to figure it out, and it was a lot easier than I thought. Here is how to make a secret book safe.

Materials:

  • Thick, hardback book
  • Decoupage medium or glue-and-water mixture
  • Plastic wrap
  • Paint brush
  • Sharp knife
  • Metal straightedge

Step 1: Wrap the cover and front pages

Although the book I used was slightly damaged, I wanted to keep a few of the front pages intact to show the copyright date and an illustration. So I covered the front cover, those pages plus one extra page with plastic wrap to protect them from glue I’d be using in Step 2.

Photo: Dinah Wulf

Photo: Dinah Wulf

Step 2: Brush the book’s edges

I used Mod Podge, a decoupage medium, and a paint brush to seal the three edges. Make sure you saturate them with approximately three coats.  Allow the Mod Podge to dry (about 15 minutes) between each coat. Then set something heavy on top of the book to create pressure.

Photo: Dinah Wulf

Photo: Dinah Wulf

Step 3: Mark the area to cut

Next, using a straightedge and a pencil, I marked the area I wanted to cut out.

Step 4: Make the cuts

Using a sharp knife and a metal straightedge, I carefully cut out a few pages at a time, making sure to remove small bits and pieces along the way. Take your time while doing this step.

Photo: Dinah Wulf

Photo: Dinah Wulf

Step Five: Seal the edges as you go

After I reached the desired depth, I sealed the inside edges with Mod Podge and allowed it to dry completely.

Step Six: Final touches

I then used Mod Podge around the top edges and glued the extra front page on top.  After a few minutes, I used the knife to cut out the center.  This top page gives it a nice clean look.

That’s it in six simple steps! Be sure to save the book pages for other book page craft projects. Also, consider using ribbon to cover the inside edges or decorative paper to cover the inside back for a more finished look.

Make a Recycled-Magazine Frame in 4 Easy Steps

A recycled-magazine frame makes a great gift. Photo: Dinah Wulf

A recycled-magazine frame makes a great gift. Photo: Dinah Wulf

I have always wanted to make something out of magazine pages. With some careful crafting, you can achieve a mix of images and colors that looks quite lovely.

I finally sat down and made a recycled-magazine frame to give to my brother. Although this project was at times slightly tedious, I have to say it was also a lot of fun to make — and the end result was well worth it.

Here’s the four-step process I used to pull this off. Try it out and let me know what you think by sharing feedback in the Comments section.

Materials

  • Any frame
  • Old magazines
  • Tape
  • Paper cutter
  • Decoupage medium
  • Small paintbrush

Step 1: Gather magazines

Gather a few magazines that you’ve already read and no longer want. (I say “a few” because I used pages from four different Rolling Stone magazines to get the colors I wanted.) Consider the colors you would like for your frame, then find and cut pages with those colors out of the magazine.

Step 2: Start cutting

Cut the magazine pages into strips. I made the width of my strips the same width as the frame I chose. The frame holds a 3-by-4-inch photo, and each side of the frame is 1 inch wide. I ended up cutting 1-by-7-inch strips out of eight or so magazine pages.

Next page: Rollin’, rollin’, rollin’ and Get to gluing

10 Ways to Reuse Wine Bottles and Corks

Hey, wine lovers! Curious about what you can do with your empty bottles and corks? Surprisingly, there are loads of things you can make — from upcycled glassware to home décor.

Before you peruse our list, note that some of these bottle projects are not for the faint of heart. Many require cutting or drilling holes into the glass. So be sure to wear safety goggles and gloves at all times, and try a few of the simpler projects first if you’re new to working with glass. Remember: Reuse is great, but safety always comes first!

A wine-bottle bird feeder. Photo: Ellen Thomas/The Chilly Dog

A wine-bottle bird feeder. Photo: Ellen Thomas/The Chilly Dog

Wine-bottle bird feeder

“There are so many interesting ways to give a standard-size glass wine bottle new life,” crafter Ellen Thomas wrote on her blog, The Chilly Dog. “Until now I haven’t had any ideas of what could be made with a large wine bottle. So, there are four large, clear bottles that have been lingering, unused, in my collection.”

While searching for inspiration, Thomas dreamed up this fun and functional bird feeder, which is made from a minimally altered large wine bottle and is sure to add some funky flair to your backyard.

There is no cutting involved with this project, but you will need to drill a few small holes in the glass, so be cautious.

For step-by-step instructions on how to do it yourself, head to The Chilly Dog.

Upcycle Your Christmas Cards into Bottle-Cap Magnets

Bottle-cap magnets are a great way to upcycle photos from holiday cards. Photo: Dinah Wulf

Bottle-cap magnets are a great way to upcycle photos from holiday cards. Photo: Dinah Wulf

I love receiving the family-photo Christmas cards I get from my friends. The cards are great, showcasing my friends and their families as they change over the years. The whole family is dressed up and looking their best. The only problem is that the cards sit in a drawer, get tucked away in a box, or even eventually get tossed in the recycle bin. And I feel horrible throwing them away! So I decided to upcycle them into something that I can look at every day: bottle-cap magnets. Making these Christmas-card bottle-cap magnets, I literally turned trash (the bottle caps, not the photos) into treasure.

This project took me some time — days, in fact. Why? Because I, of course, took the cheap route! I chose to use decoupage medium because it was already in my craft closet. For quicker results, you can use resin or other mediums.

Materials

  • Bottle caps
  • Decoupage medium
  • Old pictures
  • A half-inch circle craft punch
  • Magnets
  • Strong adhesive, such as E 6000

Step One

First, fill each bottle cap three-quarters full with decoupage medium. Gently lift and tap the cap on your counter to even and smooth out the glue. This also helps eliminate small air bubbles. Set the caps aside for a while. (I waited 24 hours.)  Meanwhile, use the craft punch to punch out the pictures that you want to use.

Step Two

In step two, the photo is put in the cap. Photo: Dinah Wulf

In step two, the photo is put in the cap. Photo: Dinah Wulf

Your first layer of glue should have hardened slightly. Put another small dab of glue on top of that first layer and then insert your photo. Add a second layer of glue. Again, gently tap the bottle cap on a hard surface to even and smooth out the glue. Allow the second layer to dry. (This time, I waited 48 hours.)

Step Three

Next, attach the magnets to the back of the bottle cap using a strong adhesive. The glue will dry completely clear over time (approximately 48 to 72 hours).

You could also package these cute magnets in a small treat bag with a personalized label and give them as homemade gifts!

DIY: Eco-Friendly Glitter

The Red Bottlebrush Flower is one plant that can be used to create glitter alternatives.

The Red Bottlebrush flower is one plant that can be used to create glitter alternatives. Photo: Shutterstock

Earth911 readers love them some crafts, that’s for sure. And really, what’s not to like when it comes to finding fun, low-waste ways to create one-of-a-kind masterpieces?

If you’re using traditional glitter, there’s a lot not to like. Most of it’s made from plastic, which, even when ground up, takes eons to break down. What’s a glitter lover to do?

Look to Mother Nature, of course. Wildlife Fun 4 Kids blogger Penny Whitehouse offers a guide for making natural glitter, and this kind is much less likely to get stuck to your skin and clothing in the process. Red Bottlebrush, Cadaghi and Lilly Pilly flowers are just a few plants Whitehouse uses to make excellent glitter alternatives, and they smell much better too.

Don’t have these plants handy? No worries. Take a look in your own backyard and get creative.

What alternatives to glitter have you used?

41 Ways to Turn Your Broken Stuff into Even Better Stuff

Just because it's broken doesn't mean it's unusable. Photo: CarbonNYC

Just because it’s broken doesn’t mean it’s unusable. Photo: CarbonNYC

You’ve probably heard the saying “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Well, we like to say, if it is broke, do fix it!

So you can imagine how ecstatic we were to find Buzzfeed’s story on “41 Ways to Reuse Your Broken Things.”

The list is full of great ideas, some we’ve already tried and most we wish we had thought of ourselves. Suggestions vary from using glue sticks to make twist-up crayons to creating cute sandals out of broken flip-flops.

Most of these have links for tutorials and all are definitely fun and creative ideas. And remember, if you can’t reuse it, always check to see if you can recycle it.

Upcycled Gift Idea: Cookie-Box Cell Phone Stand

Cookie boxes have been transformed into cell phone caddies. Photo: Lakshmi/Made by Lakshmi

Cookie boxes have been transformed into cell phone caddies. Photo: Lakshmi/Made by Lakshmi

Cookies are commonplace around the holidays. And rather than toss those cookie boxes in the recycling bin, why not get crafty and transform them into cute upcycled gifts?

Dreamed up by Lakshmi of the crafting blog Made by Lakshmi, this fun cell phone caddy is perfect for the tech lover in your life and leaves a minimal footprint on the planet.

After constantly misplacing her phone, Lakshmi thought of the common saying “a place for everything and everything in its place,” which inspired her to create a permanent home for her favorite gadget.

Since the cookie box is covered with paper, this project is also super-versatile. Get creative and choose brightly colored or patterned paper — whatever suits your recipients best.

For step-by-step instructions, head to Made by Lakshmi.

Still feeling crafty? Check out Low-Waste Décor Idea: Juice Box Snowmen

Old Clothes Find New Life as Animal Characters

A unicorn was the first scrap-fabric stuffed animal Bec Sloane created. Photo: Bec Sloane

A unicorn was the first scrap-fabric stuffed animal Bec Sloane created. Photo: Bec Sloane

It all started with a pair of pajamas.

New York–based production designer, prop maker and seamstress Bec Sloane needed a last-minute birthday gift for her young cousin. Buying something new from a toy store was out (“I wanted to make something personal,” she explains), so Sloane — who has always been interested in creative recycling and finding new uses for existing materials — hunted around her home for inspiration.

The creative light bulb turned on when the designer found a set of floral pajamas that she had worn as a little girl. With some cutting and stitching, she reimagined that childhood remnant into a one-of-a-kind stuffed unicorn. Sloane’s cousin loved it.

Two years later, the designer is still recycling all sorts of fabrics — everything from worn-out clothes and old blankets to graduation gowns and lab coats — into playful creatures and characters. Each piece is stitched by hand from old garments and materials given to her by family, friends and others who hear about her work by word of mouth. She encourages people to share the stories behind the materials they contribute: Who wore this? What makes it special? What does it mean to the person who owned it?

Next page: Creating a Character

Low-Waste Wintry Décor Idea: Juice-Bottle Snow Globe

Photo: Kelly Dixon/Smart Schoolhouse

Photo: Kelly Dixon/Smart School House

This quick and easy project from blogger Kelly Dixon will help you add some festive fun to a lazy afternoon with the kids while giving your holiday décor a sparkly touch.

The young mom and Smart School House blogger created this snazzy juice-bottle snow globe with her toddler daughter, and the duo even made an adorable video tutorial to teach you how to do it yourself.

“It was such a fun — and easy — project made from an apple juice bottle,” Dixon tells Earth911. “Clearly my 3-year-old, Stella, enjoyed it, too!”

Photo: Kelly Dixon/Smart School House

Photo: Kelly Dixon/Smart School House

All you’ll need is some glitter and a secret ingredient from the kitchen to make your snow globes sparkle.

For even more crafty fun, let your kids choose their own colored glitter for a truly one-of-a-kind decoration that you’re sure to cherish for many holidays to come.

For step-by-step instructions on how to make it yourself, head to Smart School House.

Wrap Holiday Gifts in Upcycled Potato Chip Bags

Every once in a while, we stumble upon a reuse idea that is so sensationally simple, we can’t believe we didn’t think of it first. This ingenious gift wrapping solution from blogger Jen Kluftinger is one of those projects.

Can you guess what her shiny gift is wrapped in? None other than a humble potato chip bag.

Photo: Jen Kluftinger/Drawings Under the Table

Photo: Jen Kluftinger/Drawings Under the Table

“I found some great metallic silver wrapping paper at the craft store, but it was so overpriced I just couldn’t justify buying it,” the creative crafter wrote on her blog, Drawings Under the Table. “So, I decided to try this instead.”

Once washed well with dish soap, this common kitchen item is transformed into stunning metallic wrapping paper that’s perfect for the holidays.

To cut back on waste even further, grab a few friends and join Terracycle’s Snack Bag Brigade to easily recycle the leftovers.

For step-by-step instructions on how to turn household waste into holiday cheer, head to Drawings Under the Table.

Bet you’ll love: 11 Low-Waste Gift Wrapping Alternatives to Buy or DIY

Make Miniature Snowmen from Old Pill Bottles

Photo: Bonnie Getchell/Revolutionaries via Crafting a Greener World

Photo: Bonnie Getchell/Revolutionaries via Crafting a Greener World

Decorating for the holidays can be expensive, and buying a bunch of new décor items from the big-box store can also leave a hefty footprint on the environment.

So, what’s an eco-minded merry-maker to do? Try using items you already have around the house to create festive decorations that will help you deck those halls with far less waste.

This inventive project from Bonnie Getchell of the craft blog Revolutionaries does just that by taking the humble pill bottle and transforming it into a miniature snowman that’s perfect for mantelpieces, kitchen tables or anywhere in the house that could use a dose of holiday cheer.

“My grandma loved to keep her empty pill bottles for me to upcycle into cute crafts,” Getchell wrote in her guest post tutorial at Crafting a Greener World. “I recently found a stash of pill bottles she had given me, and I was inspired by the hat-like shape that the lid had.”

After adding a few basic materials, Getchell had transformed the once-blah bottle into a cheerful snowman that’s sure to bring a smile to anyone’s face this season.

For step-by-step instructions on how to make these yourself, head to Crafting a Greener World.

Still feeling crafty? Book Smarts: Turn Old Paperbacks into Holiday Decorations

Deck the Halls with Upcycled Yogurt Cups

Photo: Monica Shanks/Mon Makes Things

Photo: Monica Shanks/Mon Makes Things

Looking to spice up your home on the cheap? With this simple project, the humble yogurt cup is all you need for a hefty dose of holiday cheer.

Dreamed up by blogger Monica Shanks of Mon Makes Things, this lovely garland is surprisingly sophisticated — considering it’s made from food packaging — and adds a touch of glow to any room of the house.

Photo: Monica Shanks/Mon Makes Things

Photo: Monica Shanks/Mon Makes Things

After a few coats of paint, yogurt cups begin to resemble bells in this festive garland. Just add some ribbon and string lights, and you’re ready to deck the halls!

The project was featured in All You magazine as part of a challenge to upcycle an everyday object into something fabulous for less than $5.

Photo: Monica Shanks/Mon Makes Things

Photo: Monica Shanks/Mon Makes Things

For step-by-step instructions on how to re-create the magic for yourself, head to Mon Makes Things.

Low-Waste Décor Idea: Juice Box Snowmen

Photo: Rachel Hollis/The Chic Site

Photo: Rachel Hollis/The Chic Site

Turn ordinary kitchen waste into seasonal décor with this kid-friendly project from Rachel Hollis of The Chic Site.

Hollis slips these juice box snowmen into her kids’ lunches for a special treat, but these cute little guys would also make whimsical additions to your holiday decorations.

After rinsing your empty juice boxes thoroughly, you’ll only need a few basic materials to transform them into a set of cheerful snowmen for windowsills, mantlepieces or anywhere in the home that could use a little cheer.

Photo: Rachel Hollis/The Chic Site

Photo: Rachel Hollis/The Chic Site

For step-by-step instructions on how to make these yourself, head to The Chic Site.

Earth911 Tip: Cartons are recyclable, and more than 40 percent of U.S. households now have access to carton recycling. So, check out your local recycling program’s “accepted” list, and remember to toss your juice boxes into the blue bin after the holidays.

Still feeling crafty?: Turn Old Paperbacks into Holiday Decorations

Book Smarts: Turn Old Paperbacks into Holiday Decorations

Decorate the completed trees with handmade paper chains, stars, or whatever else your imagination comes up with. Photo: Cindy Baldhoff

Follow the steps outlined in this story for a finished product like this. Photo: Cindy Baldhoff

Looking for a great gift idea for the book lover on your list? Why not upcycle an old book into a Christmas tree? It’s an amazingly simple project that can give new life to a worn book. One of the great things about this project is that it’s easy enough to do with kids — and depending on the size of the book you choose, it could take only a couple of hours to complete.

Once the project is finished, you can decorate it in many different ways — just like a real Christmas tree.

This idea came from the Westwood Branch Library in Cincinnati, which offers classes for adults on how to upcycle old books into holiday gifts. The upcycling projects include turning colorful pages from children’s books into paper flowers, gift boxes, and even envelopes and CD covers. One of the more popular (and easy-to-make) crafts, however, is the Christmas tree. It makes a cute holiday decoration for your home or as a gift for a book lover, and can be decorated to reflect your personal style.

Next page: Getting Started and First Steps

11 Low-Waste Gift Wrapping Alternatives to Buy or DIY

Holiday gift-giving can often leave you with piles of hard-to-recycle wrapping paper, bows and bags, but showing loved ones you care doesn’t have to mean overfilled trash bins. To get you started in your waste-free giving endeavors, Earth911 compiled this list of 11 alternative wrapping solutions you can buy or make yourself.

Photo: BOBO

Photo: BOBO

Buy It: Reusable fabric gift wraps

For a pretty and paper-free gift wrapping solution, look no further than these lovely reusable fabric gift wraps from BOBO.

Each shiny wrapping scarf can be tied up in a variety of ways for the look that suits you best, and they can be used as everything from hobo bags to halter tops after the holidays. Check out BOBO’s how-to section for gift wrapping and reuse tutorials to get you started.

Price: Starts at $10

BUY IT HERE

7 Ways to Reuse an Aluminum Pie Pan

Get a bit more use out of your aluminum pie pans after the holiday season by trying one of our handy reuse ideas. Photo: Filckr/zabethanne

Get a bit more use out of your aluminum pie pans after the holiday season by trying one of our handy reuse ideas. Photo: Flickr/zabethanne

With the holiday season in full swing, you’re likely doing a bit of baking to spread the cheer among friends and family, but figuring out what to do with those ever-present aluminum pie pans after all their contents have been enjoyed can present a dilemma.

Believe it or not, these pans are recyclable, but if you’re looking to get more use out of your pans before tossing them in the blue bin, we’ve gathered up a few ideas that will make you feel like an expert upcycler. Read on to find the reuse solution that suits you best.

1. Feed the birds

Birds, squirrels and other wildlife tend to have trouble finding food during the chilly winter months. Give back to the friendly critters in your yard by creating a low-cost bird feeder from an aluminum pie pan.

Simply place the pan on a flat surface outdoors, weigh it down with a rock from the yard and fill it with the birdseed of your choice. Your feathered friends will thank you — perhaps with a chirp or two.

2. Use it for crafts

Pie pans are perfect for crafting, especially with young children. Use them as palettes for paints, or store your beads, glitters and glues in them while working on a project with the kids.

After craft time, simply wash your pan well with warm water. Then, you can either save it for future crafts or toss it right into the recycling bin.

3. Deck the halls

This tutorial from Gingerbread Snowflakes will show you how to turn those used pie pans into pretty butterfly ornaments for the holiday season.

All you’ll need is a pie tin and a few basic hardware materials to get the job done.

4. Keep candles from making a mess

Pillar candles tend to drip, and a big mess definitely ruins the ambience. Save your surfaces by placing an aluminum pie tin under your candles before lighting them.

If you’re worried a pie tin may clash with your décor, simply cut out the bottom using heavy-duty scissors and toss the sides in the recycling bin. The flat aluminum circle will be less conspicuous but will still protect your tables from dripping wax.

Next page: Three more fun uses for pie pans

Tips for a Greener Thanksgiving

Reusable utensils and fall foliage decorations are just a few ways to have a greener Thanksgiving.

Using reusable utensils and making decorations from fall foliage are just a couple of ways to have a greener Thanksgiving. Photo: Shutterstock

At the first Thanksgiving, pilgrims ate food that was harvested locally and naturally, and you can bet that plastic and Styrofoam didn’t figure into the equation. It’s time to take some sustainability tips from our ancestors by hosting an environmentally friendly Thanksgiving of our own.

Diane MacEachern of Big Green Purse offers 10 great tips for how to have a greener Thanksgiving. Try these for starters:

• Don’t opt for one-occasion-only Thanksgiving decorations. Simply go outside and collect some branches, berries and leaves and make fall foliage creations of your own.

• Instead of using paper, plastic or Styrofoam dinnerware, use reusable dishware and make wash time a family bonding event.

• Rather than wrapping leftovers in plastic or aluminum foil, send them home in inexpensive glass jars (and share the many ways these jars can be reused, like for recipes, crafts, gifts and more).

For more green Thanksgiving tips from MacEachern, visit her blog.

More Crafts Made from Found Fall Foliage

Last year, Earth911 raided a few of our favorite craft blogs to bring you 15 inventive projects made from found fall foliage. In case your crafty fingers are in need of a few more ideas this year, we did it all over again and came up with a dozen more. Read on for ideas to help you find new uses for fallen leaves, nuts and branches other than simply tossing them on the compost pile.

Photo: Wendy Hansen/Build/Make/Craft/Bake

Photo: Wendy Hansen/Build/Make/Craft/Bake

1. Hammered leaf prints

This versatile idea from Wendy Hansen of the blog Build/Make/Craft/Bake allows you to make artistic prints from found fall leaves before composting them as you normally would.

Use your prints for stationery, tablecloths and other textiles, wall hangings, and more. The possibilities are endless!

Get step-by-step instructions on how to make these yourself at Build/Make/Craft/Bake.

Upcycle Unwanted Holiday Ornaments for Halloween

Photo: Amy Anderson/Mod Podge Rocks

Photo: Amy Anderson/Mod Podge Rocks

In need of a low-cost, last-minute Halloween decorating idea? Blogger Amy Anderson of Mod Podge Rocks has you covered.

With this truly one-of-a-kind idea, the creative craft-lover transformed unwanted holiday baubles into adorable Halloween decorations you’d never find at the big-box store.

Photo: Amy Anderson/Mod Podge Rocks

Photo: Amy Anderson/Mod Podge Rocks

The concept has a very Tim Burton “Nightmare Before Christmas” feel to it, and we can’t get enough.

All you’ll need is some Mod Podge (go figure), a newspaper, a few other basic materials and a free afternoon to get the job done.

Photo: Amy Anderson/Mod Podge Rocks

Photo: Amy Anderson/Mod Podge Rocks

Anderson hung her spooky decorations on doorknobs and cupboard doors throughout her house for the season. But you can also display your creations on indoor plants, or simply place them in a bowl for a festive touch. Be creative!

Get step-by-step instructions on how to make these yourself at Mod Podge Rocks.

12 DIY Halloween Decor Ideas Made from Trash

Giving your home a spooky spruce for Halloween doesn’t have to involve a trip to the big-box store. To help you reduce waste and save money this season, Earth911 rounded up 12 creative decor ideas made from waste items you already have at home. Free decor with less waste? Sounds like a win-win to us!

Photo: Linda Braden/Mason Jar Crafts Love

Photo: Linda Braden/Mason Jar Crafts Love

1. Glass jar ghosts

Dreamed up by blogger Linda Braden of Mason Jar Crafts Love, these adorable glass jar ghosts are sure to compliment any Halloween decor scheme. As an added bonus, they take mere minutes to make and are virtually free!

Get step-by-step instructions on how to make these yourself at Mason Jar Crafts Love.

Earth911 Tip: Braden bought polystyrene disks from the dollar store to complete her project, but you can also repurpose packing material to keep your project zero-waste. And don’t restrict yourself to Mason jars either! Glass jars from your recycling bin will work just as well.

Make Festive Pumpkins from Unreadable Books

Photo: Autumn Baldwin/It's Always Autumn

Photo: Autumn Baldwin/It’s Always Autumn

Looking to spruce up your home for the fall season? Skip the big-box stores for your decorating needs and snag a few old, unreadable books for an upcycled accent that’s both festive and planet-friendly.

Dreamed up by blogger Autumn Baldwin of the blog It’s Always Autumn, this adorable rolled paper pumpkin project finds an inventive use for trashed reads while creating a new home décor piece for next to nothing.

“I’ve seen quite a few pumpkins made from old books around blogland, and I love them,” Baldwin wrote of the project on her blog, adding that she hoped to provide her own take on the idea with the rolled paper design. “I’m aware my version doesn’t look exactly like a pumpkin, but I think it’s pretty cool anyway.”

Photo: Autumn Baldwin/It's Always Autumn

Photo: Autumn Baldwin/It’s Always Autumn

If you don’t have any old or unreadable books at home to repurpose for your project, try asking local used bookstores or libraries if they’ve received any donations that are too damaged to use. They’ll likely be happy to hand over torn-up books for a good cause.

Ready to get started? Head to It’s Always Autumn for step-by-step instructions on how to make these yourself.