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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:



Upcycle: Book folding - Free patterns

I love books. I am a "reader" in every sense of the word - I devoured them as child, I have a PhD in linguistics, I was a reading teacher for 7 years, I'm a full-time copywriter, I have a kid's book "in the works"... and so on.  

However, there are mountains of old books out there that will never be read again. Never. It's a truth, no matter how bookish you think you are. Apartment Therapy (Green Living) recently posed the question: Yes or No? DIY projects made from vintage books. Their writer made it quite clear that s/he often found these projects "cringe-worthy". I object heartily, to the sentiment and his/her emotional bias. No book-crafter worth her salt is destroying valuable books willy-nilly. Age doesn't turn a poorly written (poorly researched, offensive, out-dated etc etc) book into a masterpiece - it's still pulp, just old pulp on yellowed paper wrapped in a lovely hardback cover. 


How great then that we can celebrate it... celebrate the artifact that is "the book". Information is now easily accessible in other forms. I think books are coming to be valued for something else ... for their form, for what they represent. They have a life of their own.  

So, I point you to yet another AT (GL) writer who dedicated a post to Guy Laramee's Carved Book Landscapes. Do we toss mountains of completely useless encyclopedias into landfills or turn them into art? I say ART.

There once was a magazine called Budget Living that folded pretty quickly (!). I loved it and ripped out many many pages of great ideas.  




Decorating with books in unusual ways was one of those ideas. Their book folding project was inspired by the art of Mary Bennett:






Thanks to Budget Living, I've made quite a few "book folds" for myself - they decorate a wall in my home (pictured below). For the original BL instructions, follow this link

Note: I cut up an old calendar featuring "maps of the old world" and glued them into the covers of the top two. The book at the bottom already featured graphics on the inside covers.

The kind of folding I've done is simple - no real pattern required but I definitely inspired by the Budget Living feature. If you'd like to start easy, see my tutorial using an old kid's book. I also have a full tutorial for a hanging book fold.





This pretty display is care of BHG. Please note that they have NO instructions attached to their idea, nor do they credit anyone for this idea (it's "theirs"). I'm only including it here because I really like the grouping. See below for links to actual instructions for folds, which you could then group on a wall like this. How to hang them? Click here


Find more step-by-step instructions for simple folds at:



Frugal Upstate 



Sutherland Shire Libraries (Video Tutorial using a paperback)




Homeroad (folded book organizer)



Creative Tryals (book trees)




Pandora's Craftbox




Instructables (folding a heart)



Inverted heart video 



A Whimsy Willow (some great basic folds)



A couple of great sculpting videos by Johwey Redington and another here.




Book hedgehog video 



Kid-friendly magazine hearts! 

If you want to try your hand at something more complex, clever and ornate take a look at the amazing patterns offered free by Rhymes With Magic:  






And how do you hang your masterpiece on a wall? Click here for my suggestion.









Recycle: Magazine trees...



Seasonal way to re-use old journals / magazines ...  :)  Find the full tutorial here.

Inspiration: Book art ...





I find almost any book "art" entrancing but these booklights (Pile of Lights) from In Every Tree would win the prize - if I had a prize to give away.  Sadly, they retail in Stockholm only ... perhaps they ship?


Book sculpture continues to fascinate and is quite do-able.  Check out my handiwork here and a super-simple tutorial here.  In essence,  grab a book you might otherwise donate and start folding.  You'll quickly see patterns emerge.  Or, you could use the following image as inspiration and stack them in some wonderful way.


Finally, you could take a stab (literally) at some serious book sculpting.  You need to work with a really sharp craft knife!  There are amazing "altered books" artists out there.  For example, the appropriately named  "King's Garden" below by Karen ..... of Karen's Whimsy.

Book folding: Old kid's book becomes ART!




Etsy and Pinterest are awash with amazing "book art", "book folds" and "book sculpture".  If you can pick up a beautiful used artifact for $1 (25c!) that you can continue to appreciate in some meaningful way, do it.  And when it comes to kids' books, what else are you going to do with the ones that have been chewed on, colored in, ripped or ridden like skateboards?

I discovered quite quickly that you need to start easy and practice. So, this really is the easiest "book fold" possible and it's reversible, i.e. you can unfold it and read it again.  Enjoy!




Old picture books can often look a little worse for the ware on the outside. So this is a great way to re-purpose something that is really colorful on the inside (and often sentimental in general) without ruining it.




This Sesame Street Treasury works really well because the inside covers are colorful - a work of art in themselves.  Get the tutorial after the jump!

Book Folds






Years after first making these "book folds", we still love them. Inspiration came from Mary Bennett, an artist and curator living in Santa Fe. She does the most amazing things with books! The top image (above) is from one of her exhibitions.