Our Favorite Recycled Book Art

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We picked 3 of our favorite recycled book art projects to share and inspire you to DIY your own !
If you want to give it a try...look for our LIVE video tutorial with Hometalk here: http://bit.ly/2jtjiPU
our favorite recycled book art, crafts, repurposing upcycling, wall decor
We made this book art last year for our local university - but there's absolutely no reason why you can't recreate the same effect for your home.
our favorite recycled book art, crafts, repurposing upcycling, wall decor
It's simply a matter of folding and rolling the pages of books that are no longer being used for reading.
our favorite recycled book art, crafts, repurposing upcycling, wall decor
Of course we don't destroy the old grand dames of literature - like books with leather binding or marbled papers - but we've long gotten past the idea of altering a book in order to extend the lifespan of the materials used to make it.
our favorite recycled book art, crafts, repurposing upcycling, wall decor
Why are we okay with altering books for art? Because we've seen how many books are thrown away at a single secondhand store, in a single city, in a single country on our planet. IT'S A LOT!!! So, we're okay to save some of them and turn them into something beautiful.
our favorite recycled book art, crafts, repurposing upcycling, wall decor
This piece included rolled pages that filled in all of the other sections. We called the finished result 'the beehive'.
our favorite recycled book art, crafts, repurposing upcycling, wall decor
The four origami-ish books in the piece are simply folded pages...no glue necessary! There are lots of how-to videos on YouTube - find one and give it a try. You'll be so surprised how satisfying it is! Truly meditative.
our favorite recycled book art, crafts, repurposing upcycling, wall decor
Isn't the result simply spectacular? Folded pages. That's it.
our favorite recycled book art, crafts, repurposing upcycling, wall decor
And when you get some basic folds down, it gives rise to experiment and try different patterns and designs.
our favorite recycled book art, crafts, repurposing upcycling, wall decor
The book flowers do require a bit of glue just to make sure they hold together. And when you make enough of them and collect into one reclaimed wooden frame, the result is.....
our favorite recycled book art, crafts, repurposing upcycling, wall decor
...absolutely spectacular!!! These books were folded by a class of 5th graders. If they can do it...
our favorite recycled book art, crafts, repurposing upcycling, wall decor
...so can YOU! Just look at how beautiful. We think this piece looks like a coral reef.
our favorite recycled book art, crafts, repurposing upcycling, wall decor
And our third fave - this wall art installation at a local school. Again, made by 5th graders!
our favorite recycled book art, crafts, repurposing upcycling, wall decor
Here's the proof! So - if they can do it, so can you.
If there's enough interest in this post we'll be happy to post a more detailed 'how to' tutorial to lead you through the process of creating your own recycled book art. You'll definitely end up with a unique art piece that will be oogled over by everyone who casts an eye over your creation.
With a little bit of time and know-how - coupled with very little money (maybe even free if you are a reclaimed materials hoarder like us) - you CAN create your own "WOW" reycled book art.
Remember, if you feel inspired by our favorite recycled book art creations in this post - save to your boards and share wherever your heart desires.
P.S. here's a quick peek as we finished up one of the pieces. Of course there's always a friend or two that drops by as you'll see in this short clip. The more the merrier!

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  • Micheline
    on Dec 18, 2018

    Excuse me, my english is really miserable, I would like to tell you that your ideas are wonderfull !! How do you roll those pages so fine, so that they stay rolled? I would love to try !!

    Thank you

    micheline@dedoncker.eu

  • Martha Dickson
    on Jan 19, 2019

    I tried going to the website mentioned above to see the video of how you did this & it keeps sending me to a very unrelated site. Can you please let me know where I go to see the how-to site.

  • Kristy
    on Jan 27, 2019

    What adhesive did you use to keep them in the frame? I’ve rolled enough to fill my frame (the flower type) but do not really know how to secure them into the frame.

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