10 Ways To Reuse A Phone Book Ahh, there it is again on my front porch: the phone book. Talk about an antiquated business model. I haven’t used a phone book for ages. I tried to opt-out of getting a phone book, but the company wanted my e-mail to do it, which seemed like it was inviting even more hassle than simply getting rid of the phone book in the first place. So here are 10 Ways To Reuse A Phone Book: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. What do you do with your phone book? 12 Crafts Perfect for Librarians From coffee mugs to pasties (!), here are some of the coolest crafts we hope to see popping up soon in a library near us. 1. The Mug Who Lived With so many cute book-inspired coffee cups for sale out there, there is no excuse for any librarian to be sipping out of a boring white coffee cup. 2. Always remember to bring along a book to read, but forget to take your keys and wallet? 3. Here’s another great use for old damaged books—turn them into adorable planters. 4. Maybe it’s just me, but I think your teapot looks lonely. 5. Librarians are known for crossing their t’s and dotting their i’s, so it’s no big stretch for them to move on to crossing some stitches and making great needlework designs. 6. For the more edgy librarians, it never hurts to show off your sense of humor by parodying 90’s hip hop songs with book-inspired cross stitches. 7. 8. What does a turkey have to do with librarian crafts? 9. 10. 11. 12.
I’ll Never Ever Look At Books The Same Again After Seeing These Hidden Messages. Wow. It’s very possible that one of your battered old books contains an amazing secret called a “fore-edge painting,” which is an illustration that is hidden on the edge of the pages of the book. The technique allegedly dates back to the 1650s. You can see the painting by bending together the pages of the book, just so you can see a small piece of each page. Autumn by Robert Mudie / Special Collections & University Archives at the University of Iowa So much time and dedication was put into this, the results speak for themselves. Winter by Robert Mudie / Special Collections & University Archives at the University of Iowa There are even books that have double fore-edge paintings, where a different image can be seen by flipping the book over and fanning the pages in the opposite direction. Spring by Robert Mudie / Special Collections & University Archives at the University of Iowa Summer by Robert Mudie / Special Collections & University Archives at the University of Iowa
It's a Book! It's a Bag! For today’s DIY I’m gonna show you all how to make a book bag. Now, when I say book bag I don’t mean a bag to carry your books around in. I mean an actual book made into a rad and totally useable handbag. Sound cool? You’ll need: A hardcover book (preferably with a pretty cover). Making the Purse Base: 1. 2. 3. Cutting out the pieces for the lining: 1. 2. After cutting all of your lining stuff out you should have five pieces in all: one book-size rectangle and four trapezoidal side-panel pieces. Assembling the side panels: 1. 2. Adding the straps: 1. 2. Also, if your straps are leather (or pleather, vinyl, or any other thick/heavy material), you’re likely gonna need to weigh them down with something (weights, heavy books, etc.) while they dry. Making your book look less ugly (aka it’s time to get our deco on): This part of the tutorial is for those of you who weren’t able to get your hands on any books with neat-looking covers. For decoupaging you’ll need: 1. 2. 3. Putting it all together: 1.
9 Novel Ways To Reuse A Novel (Or Other Book) If you’re the type of person who could never imagine taking apart a book — removing its pages, cutting off its cover, etc. — then please stop reading now. This article is not for you. And I totally understand! Some people have such emotional attachments to books; the thought of repurposing them is simply horrific. But for the rest of you, here’s a few awesome ideas (other than creating a decorative library) for upcycling the used books you’ve got lying around: The whole book . . . 1. Perfect for hiding your cash, your naughties, or even just your remote control. 2. Made in much the same way as the stash box above, in this case you’ll plant a succulent inside the compartment, and leave the cover open as part of the finished look. 3. Same concept as above, but applied a bit differently. Just the pages . . . 1. Decoupage is a technique whereby paper is glued to an object and then sealed with varnish. 2. Book pages make the most beautiful origami paper. 3. Just the covers . . . 2. 3.
Houses Made of Books | BOOK RIOTHouses Made of Books Livio De Marchi is a bonkers-talented Venetian woodworker and sculptor who has created- wait for it- ENTIRE HOUSES made of hand-carved book sculptures. There’s one in Tambre D’Alpago, Italy, Germany, and Japan, and every aspect of the houses are book-themed. The chair looks like book leather and binding, and the dining “furniture” is…BOOKS. Another view of the dining room table and the “book” shelves. Of course you walk through reading glasses to get to it. See more at the artist’s website! And your bookshelves can’t deny. 9 Life Lessons Everyone Can Learn From These Beloved Classic Children's Books Our very favorite children's books left an irreversible impression on our childhoods and on our lives. Some of our most cherished storybook characters are so real and palpable in our memory that it feels as if we were introduced to them yesterday. Beyond being gloriously entertaining though, the very best children's books also helped us understand the world around us. 1. Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are is the perfect story for every child who's ever dreamed of running away. 2. In Dr. 3. Judith Viorst's Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day introduced us all to the "bad hair day," when everything that can go wrong, does go wrong. 4. In Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's The Little Prince, the protagonist struggles with his love for a tempestuous but beautiful rose. 5. In Lois Lowry's The Giver, 11-year-old Jonas lives in a highly controlled "utopia," in which conformity and obedience are prioritized above all else. 6. In E.B. 7. 8. 9.
How to Recycle Magazines into Jewelry September 23rd, 2010 Email 419 users recommend Experiment with various coil sizes, and even glue coils together! Diane Gilleland Magazine paper lends itself well to this colorful little project. There are tons of design possibilities... Photo: Diane Gilleland 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6next> View all Before you recycle those old magazines, turn some of their pages into pretty coiled pendants. What you'll need: Magazine pagesScissorsBone folderThin wooden skewerLow-temp glue gunWhite craft glueEye pinBlank cardstockClear acrylic sealerJump ring A note on glue: After much testing, I've found that my low-temp hot glue gun works well for this project. As an alternative, you can glue your coils with white craft glue, but you'll have to hold the work in place for a few minutes to let the glue set. First, you'll need several magazine pages. View 3 member project galleries posted in: necklace, paper, recycled magazines Get special offers, FREE eLetters and your FREE PDF bonus now. Find us on:
Make A Book Clutch Purse Did you see this week’s Crafting with the Stars? We got third place- and we’re moving on to round 2! Yikes! My project was the book clutch…this is the post:A little vintage book… upon further review is actually a clever clutch. This upcycled clutch is sure to be a conversation starter wherever you go. Pair it with a ruffley blouse and some skinny jeans and you’re rockin’ the librarian chic look. (Plus you’re husband won’t feel too awkward when you ask him to hold it!) Smart and fashionable. Did you vote for us? How to make a book clutch:Scour every thrift store for purses with metal frames and a books about the same size. Gut your book: (This is where I stopped taking pictures, sorry!) Now it’s off to make the project for round 2: Decoupage.