Repurpose Old Books
I have so many things from the thrift stores that I’ve collected with all good intentions of using them laying around! There comes a point where it is just finally time to get on those projects! Although I apparently have a junk addition, I continue to buy things! Well, I saw a cute video on old books and I had to go get some, plus a few more things, but that’s another story! Let me show you my take on how to repurpose old books.
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Old Books Stacked
So this first idea is going to be a gift to a good friend. A really good friend because after it was finished I wanted to keep it! $2 for both the old books, ribbon, glue, berries and bed springs I had on hand make this project super cheap.
With the first wide burlap ribbon, circle the stacked booked and hot glue in place on the bottom.
Next take a smaller ribbon and make 2 loops for the top part of the bow. Pinch it in the middle and tie with a piece of jute string. Cut 2 equal pieces for the bottom part of the bow and clip the ends.
Once I hot glued the bow in place on the books it still needed something. A quarter inch piece of black ribbon hot glued around looked good, but just a little more. I took a small sprig of berries and curled them around my finger and fanned them out.
Clip some of the stem off and hot glue that down at the top of the bow. Cover it with a small clump of Spanish moss and there you go! I love it! It’s going to look great on a shelf or in a tablsescape!
Using the Pages
Another way to use old books is to tear the pages out and Mod Podge them onto things. I have become obsessed with this technique and have done a few things and have pond for a fall project also. Please check out these posts for more ideas.
These projects are super messy, but I think we’ll worth it!
Hidden Cubby in the Old Book
The last project is a hidden cubby in a book. I covered my book and decorated it, but you can leave the outside alone and store it in a book shelf. Just remember which one it is!
To begin, I cut a piece of brown wrapping paper a little bigger than the book.
Next I apply Mod Podge to one side and the spine then place it on the paper mod post side down. Coat the other side and pull the paper over the book over.
Coat the inside of the cover and pull the paper in. Top coat with the Mod Podge then coat the outside. Let that dry then finish coating the entire outside with Mod Podge. It will pop the wrinkles and be a little shiny.
Once the book is covered, you will apply the Mod Podge to the pages to seal them together. Make sure not to seal the front cover to the pages. I placed a small bead in between mine to prevent them sticking together.
Repurpose Old Books with a Cubby Hole
Mark your hole and careful cut several pages at a time with a utility knife. Continue until the hiding space is deep enough.
To finish this secret compartment book, I hot glued a strip of fabric around the outside of the cover and also added a fabric bow with a rusty star.
I took some pip berries from my stash and one by one twisted the strands around my finger to curl them.
So now I simply hit glued the tendrils around and under the bow.
I love my book projects! Didn’t want to give that stack away! She loved it also and that makes me just as happy! Did any of these projects inspire you? I would love to see your projects and thoughts in the comments below.