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Dictionary Page Art

Updated on August 7, 2013

Combine Words & Crafting -- Make Art with Book Pages

I'm a freelance copy editor as well as a writer so you could say I'm a bit of a word nerd. I also love crafting.

What's better than making dictionary page art?

Vintage books, like dictionaries with small pictures or simply full of text, are ideal for making art. If you already have an old dictionary on hand, you're set! If not, I've added some links below so you can get one or two for yourself.

Here are just a few of the techniques for making art with dictionary pages:

~ print an image directly onto the book or dictionary page

~ cut out images from the book pages for use in scrapbooking, collage, or altered art projects

Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood

Vintage Book Page Art - Print Landscape or Vertical

Vintage book page printed with rooster and a dictionary page cut out added. Stamped flowers at the bottom.
Vintage book page printed with rooster and a dictionary page cut out added. Stamped flowers at the bottom.

Choose a book page you like and gently tear or cut it from the book. Decide if you want to use it landscape (like this book page art with the chicken on it) or vertical (like the page with the flower and girl swinging, shown in the introduction above).

Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood

Dictionary Page Scrapbook Paper - Save the Books -- Use Dictionary Scrapbook Paper for Crafts

If dismantling (tearing up) a book is just too much for you, here are some great options.

Print on Dictionary Pages or Old Book Pages

The simplest way to create dictionary page art

is take a page from a dictionary and

print an image directly on to the page.

If the page doesn't quite measure 8-1/2 X 11, fear not.

Carefully tape the corners of the book page

to a sheet of printer paper with removable tape

then print the image on the book page.

Dictionaries Suitable for Dictionary Page Art - Vintage Books Have Great Character

Vintage dictionaries for crafting.
Vintage dictionaries for crafting.

These two children's dictionaries are my go to books for many craft projects. The graphics are charming and simple, making them perfect for collage, altered art, making greeting cards, and of course, dictionary page art.

Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood

Vintage Dictionaries Available on eBay

Find the perfect dictionary for your craft projects. I love having a couple of dictionaries on hand: one is black and white with small pictures interspersed with mostly text and the other is a set of old children's dictionaries with mostly pictures. They're both great and give me lots of options for crafting.

Go for the Most Effect

~ Start with a black and white book page.

Print a color image or words on it.

~ Start with a colored book page.

Print a black and white image on or words on it.

Craft Supplies for Making Book Page Art - Dictionary Art, Altered Book Art

Get inspired with a great craft book!

Printers for Making Dictionary Page Art - Start with a Decent Printer for Stellar Results

You don't need the best printer to make dictionary page art, but you don't want the cheapest one either.

Make Paper Airplanes

Use dictionary pages or vintage book pages to make paper airplanes. Then hang them with fishing line for decorations at a party or in your cube at work.

Decoupage Dictionary Pages onto Flameless Candles - Use the Book Page as a Base

Use dictionary pages plus other clip art to decorate flameless candles.
Use dictionary pages plus other clip art to decorate flameless candles.

Add something special to inexpensive flameless candles by using Mod Podge decoupage medium, a dictionary page, and clip art.

Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood

Mod Podge for Decoupage - Use Dictionary Pages and Clip Art in Endless Ways

Mod Podge is one of my favorite craft supplies. It's so versatile and works great to affix book pages to so many objects. Here are a few great ideas for using Mod Podge and dictionary book pages:

~ light switch covers

~ flameless candles

~ furniture

~ clipboards

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Book Crafts
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Costume Jewelry Crafts
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Button Crafts
Crafting with buttons is one of the most fun ways to show off pretty buttons whether they're vintage buttons or new ones.

Lace Crafts
Lace crafts can be delicate and beautiful. Embellishing items with lace, using lace as a stencil, or creating lace by knitting or crocheting are all fun lace...

Rope Crafts
Crafting with rope can be a fun hobby that results in some useful objects with textures you just don't get with another medium.

Jar Crafts
I usually recycle my glass jars, but I also tend to keep a whole bunch of them for crafts.

Making Bookmarks -- Book Thongs
Making bookmarks, like book thongs, is a fun craft that ends in a useful bookmark to use to keep track of where you left off.

Crafts Using Tins
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Matchbox Crafts
Matchbox crafts are a way to craft in miniature, especially if you choose to use the small matchboxes that measure about 2 inches by 1-3/8 inches.

Crafting with Bandanas
Bandanas are patterned handkerchiefs that often have paisley designs making for a lovely square of fabric perfect for crafting.

Bottle Caps Crafts--Making Art With Bottle Caps
Bottle caps crafts range from simple bottle cap necklaces or magnets to this grand lady shown herewith bottle cap arms and legs.

Key Crafts
If you're like me, you have a junk drawer (or two or three) with loose keys. You don't remember what they went to.

Rock Painting -- How to Paint Rocks
I saw an article online about rock painting and decided that I had to try that! I don't consider myself to be artistic at all, but I do love crafts.

Drawing Instruction -- How to Draw Step by Step
Using simple drawing instructions, nearly everyone can learn to draw.

Origami Downloads
Origami is the Japanese art of folding paper to create designs. Origami is 3D art that everyone who can fold paper can enjoy.

Making Collages
Making collages is a craft that all ages can enjoy. Face it, it's fun to cut and paste!

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      PinkstonePictures 5 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

      This looks a fun thing to do

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      TheLoneWriter LM 5 years ago

      How gorgeous. As both a lover of art and dictionaries, I need to have one of these in my room :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      How cool and talk about a great way to repurpose old dictionary pages, unique and so much better than just throwing out books that are no longer in use...creative! Would love to bless this but I see you have 5 active blessings at work right now.

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      MelloKnitty LM 5 years ago

      So pretty - dictionary pages are great for decoupage too!

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      The-Quirky-Banana 5 years ago

      This is a unique artistic twist- combining words and pictures, looks beautiful!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @ItayaLightbourne: That's a great idea to paint on dictionary pages!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      WOW! This is terrific! Found this lens through a fellow lensmaster. I'll be sharing via Pinterest.

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      Itaya Lightbourne 5 years ago from Topeka, KS

      I love old book and dictionary pages! I've painted on book pages before so that you could see the words peeking through the painting but haven't printed on a page yet. I love the effect. :)

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      laurenrich 5 years ago

      This a great creative ideas for art. Thanks

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      John Dyhouse 5 years ago from UK

      What a great idea, thanks

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      opatoday 5 years ago

      I like your style

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      I've been seeing some page art on Pinterest and really loving the look of painting overlaying the words. Thanks for expanding on this for me.