Creating Custom Artwork for Pennies Using Old Dictionaries

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20 Minutes
My cute Plantation Desk needed some artwork to give it some pizazz, but our budget was tight. Here's how you can create your own artwork for just pennies using what you have in your home!
I had an old frame collecting dust in our attic. I disassembled the frame and made sure to carefully separate the mat from the picture to reuse it.
When I go junkin', I'm always drawn to old books, and I've collected quite a few Dictionaries along the way!
This was an Encyclopedia of Dictionaries and it had definitions divided out by categories.
I carefully removed the page using an Exacto knife and cut the page from the binding.
I made sure to find a piece of cardstock that fit the dictionary page since the page itself is flimsy.
I printed a test page of the image I wanted to use to make sure it lined up.
Next, I printed out the image to the dictionary page and pasted it to the cardstock. Then you just assemble your frame and hang it.
I paired the photo with a stack of Dictionary Books and a vintage copper desk lamp.
It took only 30 mins and was super easy.
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  • Gia Mesler Gia Mesler on Mar 19, 2018
    I love this but can't figure out how you printed the key image onto the dictionary page. Did you use the actual dictionary page in your printer?

  • Michelle Ferri Michelle Ferri on Mar 19, 2018
    Such a cool idea! And so easy even I could do it! Where did you get the images to print on the book pages?

  • Carol Carol on Mar 19, 2018
    There are a few steps missing! Where did you find the images? What did you use to print the images on? How did you transfer the image to the dictionary page
    PS It is okay to repur old is even okay to throw them out!

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