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Novel Ways to Recycle Books

Posted on June 22, 2010 at 2:03 PM

Books are about the hardest things to recycle. Most charity shops (at least in Ottawa) are reluctant to take them. Because of the glue in older books, you may not be able to put them in your recycling bin. And now that Book Crossings is out of business, you can't send them off on their travels. So what to do with those old tomes?

Here are a few novel ways to recycle, reuse, and repurpose your old books, all created by some exceptionally creative folks. 

Book Page Wreath



I spotted this fabulous wreath made from the pages of a book at Lana Manis' website, Simple Joys Paperie. What a fabulous way to recycle pages from an old text book, novel, etc. This would be an outstanding Christmas wreath or for any occasion, come to think of it. The question after you've used up the pages of a book is, what do you do with the covers? 


Framed Book Cover



Well, if the graphics on the book covers are exceptional, you could frame the covers alone and put them up on a wall. The one shown is from Real Simple magazine - I can't remember which edition, sorry!

Book Covers as Frames


Or you could turn the covers into photo frames for your fav pictures. This came from a book on making frames but I don't remember the title. Sometimes I just catch glimpses of things that I like and forget the source! 

Old Book Covers to New Note Book


Or you could do what Cathe Holden does, and use the old book covers to disguise a diary or appointment book. The covers hide a plain blank notepad in which you can put down all your private thoughts and no one will know.

These are just a few ways to get more life out of your old books. Heck, you could probably turn any one of these ideas into a business. Lana did.

Ciao and happy reading!

Categories: Books, Paper, Wreaths

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Reply Eric Snyder
11:31 AM on June 26, 2010 
Bookcrossing.com is still alive and well. THEbookcrossing.com is, however, gone.