These gorgeous vases made from old books are not only pretty but a great topic of conversation too! A great way to preserve an old classic that you can't bear to part with but may have started to become illegible! Or take advantage of car boot sales/op shops to stock up on cheap books!


  • 1 Old book
  • 1 Sheet card stock/thin cardboard
  • 1 Scissors/Stanley knife


  1. Create a template by drawing the profile of half a vase on a sheet of card stock or thin cardboard.
  2. Cut the template out and insert into the first page of an old book. With the flat side of the template snug against the binding, cut along the template with a sharp knife, gradually slicing through all the pages of the book
  3. Cut the covers off the book and remove the template. Then, open the book and fold it backward before gluing the back pages together.


Quick, easy and the finished item is awesome!

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  • nadine_hill
    • 13 Jun 2017
      7:47 pm

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  • Oh no, I could never do this to my old books :(


  • This looks amazing and very effective but don’t think I could do this with a book. Maybe a news paper could be substituted


  • Oh no, I couldn’t do that to a book!


  • That’s so much easier than I imagined!!


  • Ohhhh I love this idea! This would look fantastic on a book shelf! What a great use for old or damaged books! I’ll definitely have to give this a try


  • Great idea! Thank you so much for sharing! Love it.


  • So clever!! I’m going to give this a try – maybe with some old phonebooks? Hopefully they turn out as amazing as your photo!!


  • oohh i agree, better than dumping them in the bin! use them and create your own funky style. like it.


  • This is a fantastic idea. Super creative and looks great, I just love it.


  • How cute! Great idea for the box of books the library sale people rejected last week. Better than dropping them in the bin.


  • This is a brilliant idea! A great way also to fill the children’s time on holidays as it is so easy they can do it themselves. Perhaps they could splash a bit of paint of pages so it becomes colorful also.


  • Wow these look amazing I was wondering what to do with the children’s old books this is a brilliant idea. Now I can try this, thankyou for sharing.


  • So pretty .. if some sort of sealant was applied this would increase the longevity of them and help make them easier to clean when dusty.


  • great idea, thanks for sharing


  • what a lovely idea, thanks


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