Book Decor with Vintage Photos and Reader’s Digest Books (and Big Announcement!)

Book Decor with Vintage Photos and Reader’s Digest Books (and Big Announcement!)

For several years, I’ve wanted to upcycle some of those old Reader’s Digest books that I often see at the thrifts. The ones from the ’50s and ’60s have these gorgeous patterned covers that are little works of art. So, I finally put a few to good use as book decor by pairing them up with some old photographs.Read more ›

30+ Upcycling Ideas for Old Books

30+ Upcycling Ideas for Old Books

What to do with old books – upcycle or leave alone? It can be a controversial topic (the repurposing of books) and one I’ve grappled with myself. I am a casual collector of vintage books, particularly the ones with crumbling leather binding, and I use them around our home for decorative purposes. But other books are considered less “visually valuable”, so I’m always interested in finding new upcycling ideas for old books.Read more ›

Upcycling Old Yearbooks into a Book of Spells or Halloween Spell Books

Upcycling Old Yearbooks into a Book of Spells or Halloween Spell Books

There are a LOT of tutorials for Harry Potter – inspired Halloween Spell Books out there. But, I’ve wanted to create my own versions for a while now. It wasn’t until I found a couple of old yearbooks while thrifting that an idea took root. Their textured leatherette covers and embossed designs REALLY seemed destined to become a Book of Spells or even steampunk books – perfect for Halloween decor!

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Wine Bottle Crafts: Message in a Bottle for Ocean Decor

Wine Bottle Crafts: Message in a Bottle for Ocean Decor

Ever since recycling glass stopped in my county, I’ve been trying to come up with fresh ways to repurpose the glass bottles I end up with. Now that summer is on the horizon, my head is already in the sand- beach sand, that is. So, this time around, I’m adding to my arsenal of wine bottle crafts with a new one: Message in a Bottle! It will be perfect for beach decor / ocean decor or to use at a beach wedding. Read more ›

Decorative Books for Koselig / Hyggelig with Flannel Fabric

Decorative Books for Koselig / Hyggelig with Flannel Fabric

I think it’s high time I create another flannel project, don’t you? The weather is finally feeling like Fall and I am craving all the cozy plaid…and today’s project also has a special twist. All of my project materials came from thrift stores that benefit an animal-based charity! And to get in a Koselig / Hyggelig frame of mind, I decided to create some decorative books using thrift store books and flannel fabric from old flannel shirts!

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Decorative Bookends for Summer Decor with Berry Baskets

Decorative Bookends for Summer Decor with Berry Baskets

To tell you the truth, I’m not entirely sure why I picked up these berry baskets while thrifting a while back. I didn’t have a project idea in mind and the thrift store had written the price on the side of one of the baskets (the horror!). BUT, I decided they were worth the risk and eventually an upcycling idea came to me. I’d transform them into decorative bookends that would double as summer decor.Read more ›

Coastal Wall Decor from a Thrift Store Book

Coastal Wall Decor from a Thrift Store Book

A thrift store book and a collage photo frame (or multi photo frame) aren’t typically related or even found near each other in your average thrift store. But, I decided to combine the two into one easy project that anyone can do. And even though my result was coastal wall decor, the theme and style could change depending on the book you use!
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Miniature Book Pendants from Repurposed Book Pages

Miniature Book Pendants from Repurposed Book Pages

Two facts you should know about me: (1) I love old books, and (2) I love miniature ANYTHING. My bibliophile tendencies date way back…in fact, I’m pretty sure it’s a genetic affliction. And now that I think about it, my obsessions with all things dainty is just as genetic.

So, why not combine these two loves and add in a third obsession- DIY Upcycled Jewelry?Read more ›

Ribbon Bookmarks from Broken Jewelry

Ribbon Bookmarks from Broken Jewelry

Unlike most people, I still read regular books (as opposed to the Kindle/Nook route). Hopefully I’m not the last person on Earth reading…brick and mortar(?) books. Which means, I am always in the market for bookmarks so that I don’t dog ear the pages. Anyway, I decided that turning some of my old jewelry / broken jewelry into book charms on ribbon bookmarks was the perfect craft idea to make.Read more ›