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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  • 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.


  • I love recycling and this is a wonderful project. Thanks for sharing.


  • As a book lover and arts and craft lover I’m so going to do this.


  • This actually looks nice but do you need certain books how does it all stay together..?


  • WOW this craft looks amazing, such a great idea.


  • They look nice but I would still find it troublesome to cut up a book.


  • They look awesome. Not sure they’ll be anything more then a dust catcher tho, and I hate dusting


  • wow really a great idea. Got something to try.


  • What a great way to up cycle an item that you may no longer need. Would love to see other designs.


  • This is really clever. Kudos to you.


  • great decoration idea for a library!


  • Wow as a Library officer I just love the idea of reusing old books. some of the other ideas I have seen include Christmas Angels, Trees & birds. So keep these coming!


  • They look awesome thankyou for the idea


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