5 Crafty Ways You Can Give An Old Book A New Life

Who doesn’t love a good arts and crafts project? Here are 5 handmade ways you can turn an old book into something new.

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I know that many think that cutting up or drawing on a book is a cardinal sin. However, a lot of people have old books lying around that they don’t read anymore. Whether the pages are torn, the writing illegible, or the story just plain boring, why let an old book sit in a dusty corner when there are so many fun alternatives? Here are some ways you can upcycle a book and get those creative juices flowing.

1. Blackout Poetry

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Blackout poetry is when someone takes a piece of text and black out certain words, creating a poem out of the remaining words. Not only is it a fun, creative exercise, but it also allows an old book page to begin a new life!

2. Paper Flowers

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Another cool way to reuse old book pages is by making paper flowers! The process can be a little bit complicated, but the end result would make for a great home decoration, centerpiece, or even a bouquet for the most bookish of brides. Plus, there are tons of Youtube videos that can help you perfect your paper-flower-making skills. 

3. Create Art On Old Pages

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Book pages can serve as a great canvas for some bookish (and even non-bookish) themed art. Check out the amazing examples above and maybe even try it out yourself! 

4. Make A Hidden Compartment

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All you need to make one of those cool books-with-a-hidden-compartment is a book, a box cutter, glue, and a brush. Start by holding the book shut and brushing glue on the outer edges of the pages. Once the glue dries, cut out your secret compartment. Then brush glue on the inside of the cut pages so the compartment stays together. You can even decorate the hidden compartment with felt or stickers. For more in-depth instructions, click here!

5. Use Book Pages As Wallpaper

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Last summer I stayed at a beautiful cabin in upstate New York. As I walked in the room, my eyes were immediately drawn to the gorgeous book-page wallpaper. While this one might take a bit longer, the results can be incredibly unique. For instructions on how to DIY this cool home project, click here!

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