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

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!

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.

It's simply a matter of folding and rolling the pages of books that are no longer being used for reading.

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.

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.

This piece included rolled pages that filled in all of the other sections. We called the finished result 'the beehive'.

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.

Isn't the result simply spectacular? Folded pages. That's it.

And when you get some basic folds down, it gives rise to experiment and try different patterns and designs.

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.....

...absolutely spectacular!!! These books were folded by a class of 5th graders. If they can do it...

...so can YOU! Just look at how beautiful. We think this piece looks like a coral reef.

And our third fave - this wall art installation at a local school. Again, made by 5th graders!

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.

DIY home decor using old books

Check out more ideas for how to decorate with old books here.

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  • GailAmesiowa GailAmesiowa on Feb 01, 2020

    What type of glue did you use for the wall art?

  • Sukii Sukii on Feb 18, 2020

    I love all things paper. I worked at a recycled paper company for almost ten years when I was younger and fell in love with how paper is made.

    I have two old wooden type set drawers that I would so much like to put paper art in. The drawers are very shallow so would I have to cut the books down to size? Please advise me. This looks like a wonderful spring project for me. And when I think of how great the old wood next to old book page art would look, I get goose bumps!!! Love your work so much, thanks for posting.

  • Dee Dee Jellema Dee Dee Jellema on Jan 25, 2023

    great look but how do you keep it clean?

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