Reducing waste through upcycling, repurposing, refashioning and reloving.

Showing posts with label book art. Show all posts
Showing posts with label book art. Show all posts

Repurpose: Bookish headboards, Anthro style




The Anthropologie store I frequent most is on Southport Ave (Chicago). By "most" I mean I get myself there once every six months, if I'm lucky. And even if their sale section doesn't deliver, some in-store display will make it worth my while. This wonderful version of a bookish headboard was on show a couple of weeks ago and even made my three-year-old stare. 

If you'd like to create some version of this for yourself, I have two older posts dedicated to a book headboard DIYs:  Here and here.  


Repurpose: Bookish Valentine ...




I took pictures of books to share with you. I never do that! How incredibly novel of me ... :)  Have a happy day.

DIY: Another bookish headboard ...


A while back I linked to an awesome book headboard DIY.  My friend Terri had been threatening for years to create such a thing ... apparently this tutorial was the fire she needed. Her wonderful creation is pictured above ... a work of art doubling as a headboard. Now I want one. Really badly.  

Upcycle: Seasonal Book ReFabs!


A little Harvest, a little Halloween... A little seasonal book refabbing? Yes! 

1) A ghost of centerpieces past
2) Paperback Jack-Kerouack-O-Lanterns
3) A Book Pumpkin  (Bumpkin?)


Upcycle: Book Page Luminaries (Paper Bottles)


Last week I posted a tutorial that involved a simple upcycle of a bottle. Today's tutorial involves a little more work. But really very little. Please note: I created this "paper bottle" for my own use and I'm sharing the steps I took. Complete instructions after the jump.

Upcycle: Book Folding from Budget Living ...






Back in January I compiled a post on book folding and mentioned that my own attempts (pictured below) had been inspired by a long-ago issue of Budget Living Magazine. In June I was asked to please share the instructions from Budget Living. I couldn't find them. Of course. And then, the other day, there they were!  Folded (!) at the bottom of a box of old catalogs and things I've been storing. So I've done my best to share them ... and make them usable:



Repurpose: Book Page Vases ...



Hello lovely reader folk. You all know I love creating with old book pages etc. Inspired by some things I've seen recently, I wanted to take a stab at creating a simple, cheap-n-cheerful "paper bottle". Today I'm showing you the steps for my first attempt. There's another, slightly more complex version, on the way (see the pic below). Read on for the tutorial ...

Upcycle: Filling cabinet gets re-booked!


Ok - it's another filing-cabinet refab. But she did it with book pages!! And you know me and book pages. And it looks amazing ... right? Complete how-to at The Space Between

Book Spine Poetry: Home Vol 3


The unbearable lightness of
being the shadow of the 
wind, all over creation
changing planes ....

Book Spine Poetry: Creativity Vol 1


When you have to be creative for a living (and always within deadlines), creativity = work. And the best creative results often get tossed out the window thanks to trademark issues and copyright laws.  When the creativity involves products for children, it can get weird sometimes.  I thought I should explain a little... just in case I appear to be losing my mind. 

Book Spine Poetry: Home Vol 2


Musings on the meaning of Home ... Vol 2.

Book Spine Poetry: Home - Vol1


I was inspired by the book-spine poetry at Brain Pickings.  So here's my first run at it.  Musings on the meaning of "home" ... Vol 1.

Upcycle: Book page pinwheels...



Love this.  Use pages from an old kid's picture book to make pinwheel cupcake toppers ... 


Recycle: Wordy birdies ...

I made a little spring mobile for myself.  This would be a fun craft to do with kids - very easy! The complete instructions (including printable template) are via Joann Fabrics. Their craft is all about promoting an embossing machine.  Without that, it becomes cheap and easy:  you need paper/ cardstock, mini brats, a hole punch and string or ribbon.  Now that I've actually made them, I will add a couple of tips.


DIY: With carefully crafted words, I thee wed


A year (and a day) ago, Terri and Adam got married (Happy Anniversary!).  

Terri Falvey is a crazy-talented copywriter/graphic designer ... who kinda likes books - we once taught reading classes together.  She married someone who apparently shares her interests  :)

Anyways, their wedding was a masterpiece of text/book-inspired craft, art, DIY, repurposing ... you name it. I've been meaning to ask permission to blog about it for ... er ... about a year now. So, on with the post.

(Photos by Edyta Szyszlo - please do not download without permission)

DIY: A Book of (chocolate) Love ...


Since Feb 1st, I've been actively avoiding posts, sites, blogs etc featuring valentine "crafts" ... let's just say that I can't see the talent for the pink haze ... aaaahhhh!  So it takes a lot to make me look twice right now.  And this made me look.  Because it's a re-purposed book.  Because it's a really nicely done tutorial that will get you a decent result (cutting out a book with a craft knife is hard work - pay attention to the "short cut"!) ... and because I wish I'd thought of it!  Check out "Life is a Book of Chocolates"

DIY: Wearable words ...


When I was looking around for tutorials on making paper beads, I found some really striking "book beads" and accessories, now collected in this post.  I understand (after all the browsing) that you can make really durable "beads" easily ... very little time, skill or money required.  Woohoo!  Who doesn't need more jewelery?  (UPDATE 6/12: See the follow up post for more wordy accessories)

DIY: Paper-bead bookmark


Christmas 2005 was the holiday of the "book stuff".  I churned out book clocks (something I'll post about one day) and what I called "book-Its" by the dozen, both as gifts and to make a little extra cash.  Turns out those book-Its started to show a little wear towards the end of 2011 and a few friends have asked for another one... because it's their "go to" bookmark.  Since I'm making them anyway, here's a little how to.  They could not be simpler to make!  So here goes ... (Hit "Read More" for the full tutorial)

Upcycle: A Bloomin' Bottle...






An old soda bottle, salvaged wire, an old dictionary (magazines would work great too!), glue and masking tape.  I believe that's the full list of ingredients required to make this lovely bit of decor.  Full tutorial at Ocasiocasa.


DIY: Book Planter


Yup - more book altering today.  Wednesday is a beautiful blog full of beautiful DIY ideas.  Lots of wedding-design goodies ... including these book-planter center-pieces.


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