I am one of those people who just cringes at the thought of upcycling a book. I have boxes and boxes of old books with major damage, missing covers and pages, and no spines. I like to look at them and wonder how they were once loved. However, deep down, I know that some books can be so damaged they have no life left in them. To upcycle these books and give them new life can be a thing of beauty.
1. Recover old containers. The above picture is paper mache canisters decoupaged with old book pages. You could use pages with custom messages or add some pictures depending on the look you are going for. With pages from an old childs book, you could use these for your nursery decor. For complete instructions on how to do this, check out Trash2Treasure's Blog.
2. Embellish those dictionary pages. Take a page out of one of those old dictionaries and either print your design right on it or paste a cut out image ontop of the page. I've actually done some art like this. Take the page with coffee on it and add a steaming silhouette of a coffe cup. Coming from someone who isn't really artistically talented, I recommend printed a trial page before you actually print on the page you want to use.
3. Turn it into a clock. If your book has a pretty cover still, what better way to upcycle then to turn it into a clock. What time is it? It's time to read! While you could turn it into a functional clock, the one above is actually being used as a table number! For instructions on how to do this, check out HillCityBride.
4. Create your own Junque Journal. Junque Journals, or junk journals, are something that was recently been brought to my attention. However, it seems like they have been around for a while. There are numerous options on what to use to create your journal. The one above is a vintage sewing magazine with a hanky layered on it. For detailed instructions on how to make your own, check out Tangie Baxter.
5. Holiday Decor. There's something warm and homey about upcycled book holiday decor. With the holidays coming up, it's the perfect time to get started on some new seasonal decor! All of the images came from Pinterest and are linked. Pick and choose, get creative and breathe live back into those old books and pages!!
I've marked down all of my Vintage Valentine's Day cards. These can be used for scrapbooking, decoupage and other decorative crafts. All Vintage Valentine Cards can be found here.
Stand Up Valentine's Day Card for a Nice Big Boy Hobo Bear
Valentine's Day Card for a Boy. This is a large stand up Valentine's Day card. It reads "A Valentine for a Nice Big Boy. The card features a hobo bear with some slightly fuzzy hearts. It was Made in The USA. It is approx. 8 1/2" tall x 7 7/8" across. There is some bumps and dinging to the card. The back has been written on. It also has some slight discolorations.
Vintage Valentine Cards Walt Disney Minnie Mouse Donald Duck Winnie The Pooh Snoopy
Vintage Walt Disney Valentine Cards. This is a set of 6 vintage Valentine's Day Cards. 5 of them are Walt Disney. There are 3 with Minnie Mouse, 1 for Daisy and Donald Duck and 1 with Winnie The Pooh and Eeyore. The 6th card is Snoopy and Woodstock. This card is dated 1965. The Snoopy card is approx. 4" across x 2 3/4". Pooh is approx. 3 7/8" tall x 3" across. Donald is approx. 4" across x 3 1/4" tall. The 2 smaller Minnie's are approx. 3 1/2" tall x 2" across. The largest Minnie is approx. 5 1/4" tall x 2 3/8" across. All cards have been used. There are folds present along with some discolorations and writing.
Floppy Ear Dog Valentine's Day Card For Dad Vintage Hallmark
Floppy Ear Dog Valentine's Day Car. This vintage Hallmark card features a floppy ear dog in which you can pull on the tab and raise his ears. The card says For You, Daddy. It has been used. The card is approx. 8 3/4" x 4". There is some wear and discolorations.
You can turn them into a wreath or make a banner or display all on old lattice. These ideas I found on Pinterest and are linked to the pins. Feel free to share what you do with your Vintage Valentine's Cards!