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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  • They look awesome thankyou for the idea


  • Wow, that looks fantastic. You are very clever


  • This looks great and im sure that they would look amazing. I need to learn things like this.


  • Lovely idea !!


  • Great idea! My sister inlaw used books and somehow cleverly folded them into her child’s name.


  • My word you are clever. Thanks for sharing.


  • Pretty cool. Cleaver idea.


  • They look so great!


  • Wow! Looks so impressive and it is so creative – well done on a creative vase.

    • I use old books to make memory books with photos – takes a long time – but well worth it and treasured forever.


  • Oh! This really looks amazing! I love your gorgeous idea!! :-)


  • A great use for old books you don’t want! Thanks!


  • This is a good use of old books.


  • So loving this idea , great way of using old books up. Can see this being spray painted.

    • Wouldn’t you lose all the print though.
      Clever and stunning work, WELL DONE Nadine.


  • These look super impressive! I have so many old books lying around I hope my crafty side can keep up!


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