Creative ideas for hardback books

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I have some hardback medical books that I would like to try to do something create with. I hate to throw them away since I paid hundreds for them so I wondered if anyone has any ideas.
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  • Joann Jarvis Joann Jarvis on Jan 23, 2015
    Donate them to med. student library or sell on eBay.
  • Darla Darla on Jan 23, 2015
    Those books are valuable - please give or sell them to someone who can use them, instead of cutting them up.
  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Jan 23, 2015
    I too have textbooks that are outdated. Most places don't want them donated (I've looked into it), one company will resell/redistribute them in other countries if I pay for the shipping, the library doesn't want them, the Salvation Army will take any books except textbooks (I asked). Some recycling places will take them (as in recycling them, not read them). I have put three daughters through college (and one is in grad school) and I went back to school for my degree in nursing, etc. I assure you, unless you resell the books for pennies on the dollar within a very short time, the schools go on to a newer edition, making the ones you have obsolete. So, I too would like to hear suggestions that would work for this type of books.
  • Rhonda Rhonda on Jan 23, 2015
    I think it would be fun to use some glue/water to stick the pages together and cut out a square from the middle of the pages and make a stash place then maybe some decoupage/paint the covers. or glue them open and add some mixed media for art
  • Mossmanhill Mossmanhill on Jan 23, 2015
    shelf made from books
  • Mossmanhill Mossmanhill on Jan 23, 2015
    something like this...
  • Melody Melody on Jan 24, 2015
    You Can use the pages for all kinds of crafts. They make very nice flowers and wreaths, Check Pinterest. I've also seen a lamp made from them using the entire book. A hole through the middle, lamp kit with small stick like center and perhaps modpodge a lamp shade with some pages, perhaps illustrations.
  • Donna Shaner Donna Shaner on Jan 24, 2015
    Pinterest....tons of ideas :)
  • Eva Eva on Jan 24, 2015
    You can pile them in a creative way, maybe two or three columns, and put a glass on top to make a side table! Don't throw them away!
  • Cathy McKey Cathy McKey on Jan 24, 2015
    Make paper beads or trace a design on them and make thinks like vases, apples, or pumpkins. Just about anything even a purse
  • LoriKindler LoriKindler on Jan 24, 2015
    Stack them up as high as you like, drill holes through them, then a pipe through the hole and use some "medical looking" light, make a light. Would be a fun addition to a dr's office.
  • Peggy Wieting Peggy Wieting on Jan 25, 2015
    Paint the cover of the book with something fun/cute/pretty but in line with the medical theme of the book. Add a thin ribbon with or without a bow along the binding.
  • Sandy Sandy on Jan 26, 2015
    use them to make a floating shelg on a wall in an office
  • Ann Ann on Jan 27, 2015
    Sell them on Etsy as art supplies. There are literally hundreds of artisans there who would love to get such images and texts for their creations. Perhaps ask local artists about re using them. I like to redo hardcover books to look like vintage first editions and use them for decor props in my bookcases.