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53 Creative Craft Ideas Using Book Pages

Updated on April 5, 2017
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I love arts and crafts. I used to volunteer teach an elementary art class and love sharing tutorials for fun crafts to make with kids.

In this article I'm going to share with you what I believe to be the best crafts using book pages that can be found on the internet. I will add projects to this article as I find new book page crafts to share.

All the book page craft ideas that are included here have a picture and the site name where the craft can be found. Directions for making the craft are there also.

To make the beautiful ruffled book heart shown above, go to the WOOD you like to craft? site.

1. Poinsettia Wreath

Make a beautiful paper wreath with poinsettia flowers using book pages and the tutorial at ALISA BURKE. This is an activity that has so many opportunities for using in other ways also. Your imagination will help with ideas. I can imagine using this paper method for Christmas art in the classroom.

2. Invisible Bookends

So, when you're using old book pages for making crafts, you also have an old book cover. Here is a great project for using the book covers as bookends. You'll find all the information that you'll need to make the bookends at A Beautiful Mess ..

3. Pages Covered Canvas Art

Imagine how different the canvas art will look with just a change of focal point. Instead of a bird, use a subject of your own choice. Check the instructions at Little Birdie Secrets, and then make a beautiful piece of art.

4. Lucky Clover

Momma D and Da Boyz is where to go for the directions on making a book page four leaf clover. A nice project if looking for a St. Patrick's day craft project to make for the home or classroom.

5. Colorful Greeting Cards

Making beautiful homemade greeting cards is a great way to save money and also recycle. You'll find the tutorial for making these greeting cards at Crafting a Green World. I'm sure this project will give you ideas about other ways to use pages as greeting cards.

6. Book Pages Decorator Balls

Displaying these book page balls by placing them on overturned china cups is a really cute idea. I can also imagine them grouped in a glass or tinware bowl and used as a centerpiece or on a shelf or the mantel. To see how to make these decorator balls, go to the MUSLIN & MERLOT site for the instructions.

7. Book Page and Rope Bowl

Useful uses for these bowls would include using a small bowl for holding rings or jewelry, and large bowls for anything from Christmas balls to faux fruit to any of the decorator balls available. Find the tutorial for this project at the LIZ MARIE BLOG.

8. Lanterns

Make beautiful book pages paper lanterns by going to the sweet paul site for the tutorial. A grouping of these on a shelf or mantel would be outstanding.

9. Words or Quotes Votive

You can make votives like this in minutes when you follow the instructions given at the happy honeybee. I think I'd choose a favorite saying or quote, and then finding the words on the book pages to cut or tear out and assemble them on the votive glass. Or even find vintage looking pictures to add to the votive.


10. Frig Magnets

Make unique and useful frig magnets for yourself or to give as gifts. This is another idea that has so many possible ways to make the magnets "your own." You'll find the tutorial for this book pages project at diy imspired .

11. Canvas Art

This would be such a fun craft to do with a group of friends. Imagine all the different looks you'd get, even though following the same instructions. Go to THE vintage PRAIRE to find the tutorial, and then make your own unique canvas art.

12. Book Cover Clutch or Gift Kits

Here is an awesome idea for using the book covers of old books. Not only will you find a great tutorial for making the clutch at See Kate Sew, you'll also see ideas for making gift kits. The tutorial gives very thorough instructions and so many ideas for uses. This is an exceptional project for dedicated crafters.

13. Book Page Rosettes

You'll be able to think of so many ways to use these easy-to-make rosettes. The directions to help you make these rosettes can be found at all is well.

14. Vintage Page Star

Just imagine a beautiful piece like this star on your mantle or shelf. The instructions, found at House Revivals will help you construct this "I made it myself" project.

15. Animal Ornaments

Imagine all that you can do with this project idea. You could make a unique decorator piece using the directions that you'll find at pleasure in simple things. The kids will enjoy helping make this great project.

16. Book Page Garland

You and your family will enjoy making a beautiful garland for your Christmas tree using the directions found at Jane of All Crafts.

17. Sewable Book Pages

If you love old books and the looks of the aged pages, you'll love this project which makes the pages sewable by adding a coating of silicone on them. For the complete tutorial, go to Design Sponge. Imagine all the crafts you could make using this book pages fabric.

18. Book Page Egg Wreath

Make a beautiful Easter wreath like the one shown above by going to the Lemon Tree Creations site. For a different look, consider tint the book pages with a wash of color before making the wreath.

19. How To Age Book Pages

Some book page crafts beg for the pages to have an aged look. You'll find the easy to understand instructions for aging book pages at Rustic Crafts & Chic Dcor.

20. Gift Card Envelope

You know you are special to someone when the gift given is accompanied by something they have handmade for you. This gift card envelope makes a gift card extra special. Find the directions for this project at alisa burke.

21. Vintage Crown

Imagine how much fun a group of kids would have making their own crowns. This would be a great activity for a girls birthday or sleep over party Find the tutorial for making this vintage crown at Maker, Baker, Glitter Shaker . Notice the glitter!

22. Faux Curled Rosewood Wreath

A wreath that you'll be proud to display, and just maybe be thrilled with the attention that you'll receive, because you made yourself. Find the directions at UNDER THE TABLE AND dreaming.

23. Create a Wedding Bouquet

24. Wreath Ornament

If you don't have music book pages, use any other book pages to make this ornament. These very beautiful wreath ornaments, with directions at Amber Lane Living, will be outstanding.

25. Paperback Tree

Try making trees with different sized paperbacks to make a fabulous grouping for a table or mantle. Find the directions at AllFreeCrafts.com.

26. Travel Sewing Kit

I think this would be a perfect gift to give a college student or a newly wed couple. The travel kit can be put on a shelf like a book and easily available, and findable, when needed. To make this travel sewing kit, go to handmade harbor for the instructions.

27. Hymnal Angel

Okay, so if you can't find a hymnal, any hardback book will do. You may want to give the cover a quick fabric re-do by cutting the fabric slightly larger than the book, then using watered down white glue to decoupage the fabric to the cover. Find the angel instructions at The Creative Home.

28. Covered Boxes

This is definitely a project that I'll be doing to cover some of the boxes on my office shelves. You can find the instructions that I'll be following at TRASH2TREASURE.

29. Book Handbag

You know how sometimes you see a book cover that has all the colors that you'd like to see in a handbag to coordinate with a particular outfit. Now you can go to the curbly site to find out how to make a handbag from that book.

30. Dimensional Star

I love it that the directions for making a five point dimensional star are included in this tutorial. Find all the information you'll need to make this star at House Revivals.

31. Book Bag

Follow the one through twelve arrowed steps to make this CountryLiving book craft. This is really cool!!

32. Lovely Candles

You can make many of these candles in a short time using the directions at LOW COUNTRY ARTIST MARKET. Think about giving these as gifts or to use as table decorations for a school function.

33. Old Book Pages Table

Re-do an old table and give it a place of distinction in your home. Find the directions at Craft Foxes. Very impressive!

34. Halloween Pumpkins

The kids will love helping you make these pumpkin faces. Find the directions at Jean’s Crafty Corner and make paperback pumpkins for a Halloween arrangement.

35. Framed Book Page Art

A beautiful way of preserving a beloved passage in a vintage book that is part way destroyed. Find out how to make this stunning piece of art at Rustic Crafts & Chic Dcor.

36. Book Spine Bookmarks

Making unique gifts for your book loving friends is now possible by making them book spine bookmarks. Find the instructions for this pleasing project at Greenpaper.

37. Book Page Treat Bags

This is a great idea for when you need small favors or place cards for a party or even for a holiday. Find the directions at Alyssabeths Vintage.

38. Book Box

I love this idea. Think of all the secret hiding places you have in your home, especially if the kids aren't readers. You'll find out how to make storage boxes out of old books by going to JUST SOMETHING I MADE and finding the instructions there.

39. Book Page Leaves

I love this idea and can imagine water coloring or tea dyeing the paper to give the leaves a vintage look. Go to DECK THE HOLIDAY’S for the instructions and then use your imagination for all the ways you can use these leaves.

40. Book Birdhouse

You'll easily be able to think of a place to tuck one or more of these birdhouses. For the instructions to make this project, go to Red Hen Home.

41. Mini Tree Topiary

You'll find the tutorial for making this book page mini tree topiary at DOMESTICFLUFF. This is a great piece for that added touch needed in a small area. Very easy to make and an outstanding look.

42. Fringed Book Page Tree

This outstanding creation is made by, living, learning & Keeping with the Times and they also have a great tutorial so you can make a tree like it. A very unique and elegant looking piece to add to your decor.

43. Bird Nest

This little nest with it's glittered egg is a cute, surprise addition to your décor. DOMESTIFLUFF gives us the instructions for making this bird nest.

44. Bird Ornament

I'm really impressed with this book page bird ornament. They look like they'd be a lot of fun to make. The instructions at BY STEPHANIE LYNN has the instructions.

45. Rustic Pumpkin

There were a few other book pages pumpkin projects, but this is the one I thought was most impressive. Find the instructions for this pumpkin at Rustic Crafts & Chic Dcor.

46. Book Page Feathers

I think this is a beautiful, elegant feather that would be appropriate for any décor. I really like the book page feathers and if you would like to make some of them too, go to the HOME STORIES A to Z site for the tutorial.

47. Simple Flowers

48. Chic Organizer Boxes

Use good sturdy boxes in your craft room or sewing room to hold the supplies that you have on hand. Find the tutorial for making these beautiful and useful organizer boxes at Make The Best of Things.

49. Remote Hidee

Have you ever wished you could hide the remote for awhile but just couldn't think of a place where it wouldn't be found? CREATIVE green living has the perfect solution and even gives the instructions on how to make it.

50. Butterfly Wreath

This is a beautiful butterfly wreath that would look great in any décor. The tutorial for making a butterfly wreath like the one shown above is found at diy inspired. Either hanging on the wall or setting on a shelf or the mantel, this butterfly wreath will inspire complimentary remarks.

51. Butterfly Garland

Butterflies are always a great decoration and this garland can be used in almost any room or for any occasion. Posed Perfection gives the directions.

52. Book Page Covered Fruit

So beautiful. This is another project that I'm going to have to do as soon as I get some of the paper mache fruits. Go to that's so cuegly if you'd like the instructions for this project.

53. Clothespin Magnets

Although it's convenient to hang notes on the refrigerator, sometimes it's hard to find magnets that don't look cheap. These book page clothespin magnets have a look that is more elegant than cheap. You can make your own book page clothespin magnets by going to the Living Well on the Cheap site for the tutorial.

© 2013 Loraine Brummer

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    • Deborah Minter profile image

      Deborah Minter 2 months ago from U.S, California

      Beautiful crafts... and I love book covers.

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      RTalloni 7 months ago from the short journey

      Am being drawn to using old book pages and so I find your list inspiring. Really liking the gift card envelope, especially with the aging pages instructions. Thanks!

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      Victoria Stephens 19 months ago from Cornwall, UK

      A great combination of idea's here! Thanks for sharing. I want to do something with those leaves. I'm not sure what yet but I'll be keep this page in mind.

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      Mickie Goad 2 years ago

      I have a page here on Hubpages where I share how I used the pages from an old dictionary to cover a lampshade. I love finding new ways to upcycle and reuse old books that can no longer be read. Thanks for showing me all of these ideas.

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      stacy-windham 3 years ago

      Love thesr

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      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      I find myself attracted to book page projects like these. You would think as a librarian, I'd want every book preserved instead of cut up. I admit that some books aren't worth hanging onto and converting them to these crafts is a good idea.

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      mrdata 4 years ago

      Very decorative lens! Thanks for sharing your ideas and congrats for your LOTD!

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      TopChristmasToysGifts 4 years ago

      What a great idea for craft. I'll definitely be taking a closer look at these for my craft ideas.

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      Heidi Vincent 4 years ago from GRENADA

      Really lovely book page craft lens, lbrummer! I enjoyed this lens but I LOVE books so I will be afraid to let you near my books lest you have TOO much fun...ha...ha...ha

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Absolutely! These are great book page crafts. I kept picking a favorite, then I read on and picked a new favorite, then read some more and picked yet another. There's plenty here to keep me busy for a good long while!