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10 Creative Ways to Repurpose Old Books

When you’re a serious bookworm, you’re bound to run into storage problems at some point if you own lots of books. Donating used books to thrift stores and charities is one solution, but if you’re not afraid to embark on a few DIY projects, you can turn old books into new, amazing creations that can liven up your home!

Here are 10 creative ways to repurpose old books for jewelry, decor and more! Also, sign up for SideMoney to earn free points that can be redeemed for gift cards to your favorite retailers, including Amazon and Barnes and Noble!

1. Candle Jars

If you’ve got glasses and jars that hold candles, use pages from old books to decorate your candle holders. Gently cut or tear pages from books, then cut little shapes into each page such as moons and stars for candlelight to shine through. Then, wrap each page around the outside of each candle jar.

2. Drink Coasters

Instead of shopping around for coasters that match your decor, create your own that reflect your love for books! Buy plain ceramic tiles from your local hardware store, along with decoupage glue and varnish. Then, cover each tile with a page from an old book, and apply glue and varnish to seal.

3. Cake Toppers

If throwing a bookish event or party, turn old book pages into decorative cake toppers. For example, cut book pages into shapes such as hearts and stars, attach to wooden sticks, and insert into cakes or cupcakes.

4. Secret Hiding Place

Turn old hardbacks into secret hiding places for money, jewelry and other valuables. Simply hollow out the pages of a book nobody else would ever pick up, and fill with your favorite treasures.

5. Ornaments

Cut out phrases, words and letters from pages of old books, and arrange them into your favorite quotes or anecdotes. Then, glue these phrases onto blank ornaments you can decorate and hang around your home or on the Christmas tree.

6. Tablet Cover

If you’ve recently transitioned from print books to ebooks, turn an old hardback book with an attractive cover into a tablet cover. Carefully separate the pages from the book’s spine, then use materials from your local craft store to create straps for the tablet. Try raiding local thrift stores for unique-looking book covers that complement your tablet.

7. Greeting Cards

Buy a stack of plain greeting cards from the stationery store and decorate them using cutouts of old book pages. Use stencils to cut shapes of animals, people and other objects, then glue these cutouts onto the front of your greeting cards.

8. Confetti Cones

If you or someone you know is getting married soon, consider turning old book pages into vintage-style cones that can be filled with confetti or rose petals. Simply roll up old pages into cones and secure in place with tape. Then, urge wedding guests to shower the bride and groom using the confetti cones as they walk back up the aisle together.

9. Pendants and Rings

Turn cutouts of your favorite text or illustrations into rings or pendants that can be worn as necklaces or earrings. For example, find an old copy of your favorite children’s book and cut out pictures of your favorite characters. Then, glue these cutouts onto gems or blank pendants and paint with lacquer.

10. Notebook Cover

Update the look of your favorite notebook by covering it with pages from an old book. This is also an ideal way to keep the real cover of your notebook clean and scuff-free, especially if it has sentimental value.

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