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.

Using vintage books in home decor as well as upcycling ideas for old books and repurposed book projects compiled by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Old books add height, texture, and subtle color to your decor

See those vintage books in the photo above? I’ll never, ever do a THING to them- that I can promise you. But there are oodles of old books out there that are just waiting to be dusted off and re-imagined into something new.

From trashy romance novels, to mass produced hardcovers from the 1990s, to outdated encyclopedias that make no mention of current day topics, thrift stores are usually overrun with old books. And if you’re interested in discovering new repurposed book projects, then this collection of inspired ideas is just what you’ve been look for!



So…what do you think? Is there a repurposed book project in your future?

As for me, I love the book craft project that takes new-ish books and makes them look old with paint…I think that one would be particularly fun to try! And whether you want to repurpose the entire book…just the binding…or just the pages, there are endless upcycling ideas for old books.

Interested in my other book-related upcycling projects? Please feel free to check out my collection here before you go!

Craft on!


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  1. http://Scotty says

    wow!! Lots of ideas!! 🙂

  2. http://Patricia says

    Have you seen Vivian Swift’s castles she makes out of old books set on open pages? They’re brilliant. And I used to have a lamp made out of stacked books … downsized and couldn’t keep everything.

  3. Wow what neat ideas for repurposing old books. Ireally love that jewelry box made from books !

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