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Upcycle Your Favorite Books with These Clever DIY Projects

If you’re a book lover looking for ways to repurpose some of your unneeded titles, these craft projects will give your favorite books a new life as stylish home decor. They’re also easy weekend DIY projects and wonderful handmade gifts for family and friends.

Photo or Mail Holder

VIEW IN GALLERYBook page card holder

Get organized with this unique display made from the folded pages of a hardcover book. Curbly has the details for this quick and easy DIY project.


VIEW IN GALLERYBook page kusudama

Turn origami flowers into a gorgeous kusudama sphere with this project from Craft Foxes. If desired, embellish the center of each flower with a decorative button, bead, or rhinestone.


VIEW IN GALLERYbook page banner

Turn book pages into cute party decor with this garland from Knick of Time. A single bow folded from the pages of an old book also makes for an elegant way to decorate a gift.


VIEW IN GALLERYBook page butterfly

A dainty butterfly folded from vintage book pages makes a whimsical addition to your home decor. Learn more about this beginner level origami project at Todolwen.


VIEW IN GALLERYHomemade book page apple

An apple made from folded book pages is sure to be a memorable teacher appreciation gift or fall decor item. Learn more at Hymns & Verses.

Wall Art

VIEW IN GALLERYStylish book page art

Turn books into a wall display by folding the pages using the patterns at ReFab Diaries. There are several different designs to choose from.


VIEW IN GALLERYDIY book page trees

If you need Christmas decor on a budget, glue folded books to glass candlesticks to make a trio of literary book trees. Creative Try-Als has the details.


VIEW IN GALLERYbook page star

This vintage inspired oversized star is surprisingly easy to make. Visit House Revivals to learn more.


VIEW IN GALLERYbook page wreath

If you’re looking for a frugal way to make a big impact in a room, try constructing an oversized wreath from the pages of an old book. (To add a bit of color, simply paint the pages with a wash of watercolors before folding.) Vintage Paint and More shows you how.