24th May2011

5 Creative Ways to Repurpose Old Books

by Dinah Wulf

I LOVE to read. I remember at one point I’d happen to be browsing the “recommended” book shelves and there were very few that I had not already read. Needless to say, my shelves are littered with books. Think twice before throwing away your old books. You can’t really sell them for much anyway! Take the eco-friendly route and repurpose them into something new and inventive and take the trash to treasure route.   I thought I’d put together some fun repurposing ideas for your old books to get your creative juices flowing. Here are 5 Creative Ways to Repurpose Old Books!

Make a storybook clock for a nursery. You can purchase a clock kit at any craft store and turn any hard cover book into a clock. Simply drill a hole in the center and add your clock kit.

Turn one into a unique lamp.

Make your own postcards or reuse the covers for handmade greeting cards.

Make an interesting picture frame. Add some special and memorable photos to an old encyclopedia and use it as a frame to display in your home!

Make your own book page wallpaper. How fun is this? I would love to cover an accent wall in book pages!

 If you need more inspiration, check out my round up of over a dozen book page crafts! Two of my favorites are How to Make  Secret Book Safe and also How to Make a Book Page Wreath!



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Dinah Wulf
Dinah is a craft, home décor, & DIY Blogger for www.diyinspired.com, an eco-friendly site promoting repurposing through reinvention. She has a Master of Arts Degree in Speech Communication from California State University Fullerton. Formerly an educator at CSUF and business owner, she now is a full time writer, Curator for Style Me Pretty Living, 3M DIY Expert, and a member of Martha’s Circle. She has blogged for multiple websites including Fix.com, Earth 911, Home Made Simple, and Sprout Online and has been published in a few magazines and ebooks. Her website, DIY Inspired has been recognized by Mashable, Parenting.com, and Buzzfeed.
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