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.

Notes... Quick, easy and the finished item is awesome!

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  • nadine_hill
    • 13 Jun 2017
      7:47 pm

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  • As a bibliophile I just can’t imagine how people can cut up books for anything! And why old books? You can never get them again. My oldest book is 150 years old, and I love knowing that when it was brand new it was purchased by someone who was educated and wealthy!


  • I love books and find the idea of cutting them up ….just somehow wrong.
    Plus I don’t think that the finished ‘vase’ is that attractive. >\o/<


  • I kinda like this idea but I don’t think I could ever cut up a book!!!


  • Different. I thought it was like a paper maiche things from the title.


  • What a unique idea !


  • Like many others, I have never seen this before. They are amazing. Would make a great project for tweens plus your could make so many shapes. Let your imagination go wild.


  • Wow I’ve never seen anything like this before! Such a cool idea! Great for the school holidays.


  • wow, I love this idea. Thanks for sharing.


  • The look cool and you could hang them to decorate the home


  • They look really good, lots of fun to make, great way to recycle. But are really just dust collectors :(


  • Such a unique idea for a project. Thanks for sharing this. I love books but with so many just gathering dust this would be a wonderful way to show them off.


  • Really clever and awesome idea as a gift


  • This is a pretty cool idea to get the kids creatively thinking


  • I have so many old books around, now I have something to do with them


  • How gorgeous are these! They would be beautiful at a themed party. Thank you for sharing the clever idea! You could let your imagination run wild and do all sorts.


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