5 DIY Crafts for Used Books

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Pretty Purse

Image courtesy of Countryliving.com

Image courtesy of Countryliving.com

Because many of the projects in this article deal with the actual pages of a book, we thought it best to toss in an idea about how to reuse the covers as well. Brought to us again by the creative minds at Country Living, this book-cover purse tutorial is one of the best out there.

Ranking at more of an intermediate skill level, this craft will help you create a cute clutch in 11 steps or fewer (or more, if you’re this writer), according to writer Barbara McNamara, whose easy guide will have you carrying a new bag in no time.

We recommend having a specific book in mind before you purchase the handle kit and liner fabric. You want these items to coordinate through patterns or colors. Don’t forget to have your iron handy as well, to help the fabric lay straight as you cut and measure.

Also, larger, hardcover books will work better to provide space for all the various and sundries you’re bound to toss into this purse.

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  1. These are great ideas! I’ve done the secret hollow book before using the same tutorial you referenced. Be warned that it takes a really LONG time to cut out all of those pages. The wreath looks rad. I’ll try that next.

  2. I am a purse freak, I still cry a little inside when my daughter carries one of my favs that I passed on to her cause she loved it, and I love her more than the purse. But this is awsome, I am determined to do this. Now I just have to find the perfect book, which is hard because I love to read and have a hard time getting rid of any of the ones I have, even for trade. Funny huh

  3. When I first saw the title to this article, I thought “Are these people NUTS?” But then I saw the beautiful and quirky results and was simply tickled. Unfortunately, not all books can be salvaged, sold, and / or rescued. These projects bring a fun life to books that have LITERALLY failed the test of time.

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