Tuesday, November 30, 2010

holiday crafting with book pages


This holiday season I am noticing a trend- book pages! They are everywhere from Anthropologie to West Elm, it is obvious that everyone has discovered the versatility and beauty of text on a book page. I have been using recycled book pages for quite a while and can attest to the fact that they are a simple, affordable and a beautiful supply to use in art and craft projects.

I decided to put together some SUPER easy ideas to get started using book pages in your holiday crafting.

I like to encourage recycling- so look for old books that you don't want to keep.
Use pages with just text- no pictures.

Create a chain garland from strips of book pages.

Or cut out simple shapes and feed them through the sewing machine with a straight stitch to create a garland.



Create simple flowers by cutting out shapes.
Use hot glue and scrunch then together for dimension.

Layer until you have a full flower.

Glue down a button to the middle.

Again, cut out a simple shape (use decorative scissors for the edges).
Scrunch for dimension.

And layer together.


Create a simple envelope to wrap gift cards.

Layer a pretty piece of paper for the label.

Add a pretty flower to the back!


Use styrofoam, glass or cardboard shapes and forms

And cover with scraps of book pages.

Keep it simple

or embellish!

Create simple gist tags by layering a few pages for stability.
Sew them together and layer a black piece of paper to the top.

Create different shapes and sizes.

Add a ribbon to the top.

Create wrapping paper!
Since book pages are not typically large, use hot glue and glue pages together to create a sheet of wrapping paper.


and top with a pretty bow.

Add the gift tag

and flowers to the top the gift!



  1. Wonderful Ideas! Thank you so much for sharing :)

  2. I love to wrap in book pages as well! Thank you so much for the further inspiration. Great ideas!

  3. I love everything about this post--beautiful and genius ideas! I'm so inspired! :) I wish you the best holiday season ever!

  4. Anonymous10:29 AM

    You are the best......your head must be so full of your blog....Lynette

  5. these are fantastic ideas! I'm going to add a special flair and use an old French book (mind you, it is in rather sorry shape, I don't mind the up-cycle of it all) and see what treasures I can come up with. Thanks for the inspiration!

  6. Your creativity is marvelous, and your blog is a delight. Thank you for gernerously sharing it all with us.

  7. love the envelope, and what a wonderful simple way to fold it! I kept thinking I needed an envelope template. NOT. and the red ribbon the packages.. wonderful!

  8. Love all the ideas on this post! Thank you for sharing!

  9. Kittyj11:55 AM

    AWESOME as always!!!

  10. Great ideas, Alisa! Thank you for sharing:) My tree has been missing something; I think I'm going to do the paper chain idea this year. And using them for gift tags is an awesome idea, too.

    My sister and I have been trying to work on our branding and have wanted to use layered paper for tags- I love it when people share their ideas so everyone can put their own twist on it:)

  11. Oh how pretty! I love the gift wrap ideas. Thanks so much, I'll be linking.

  12. Thank you for sharing all your fabulous ideas! I'm getting the book pages out right now!

  13. Thanks so much for sharing. I'd planned to do some tags using old musical scores, but now I can create so much more. Guess what I'll be doing this weekend!!

  14. Why must you taunt me with such creativity while I am supposed to be creating a interactive final exam project. Darn you. BUT, I love it.

  15. You are so talented and creative. Thanks for sharing your ideas!!

  16. These are fantastic! I've been having so much fun with book pages...pop by and see my birds. I have a wreath, some garland, and a banner your touches!

  17. Wow, whatr fabulous ideas. I loved the progression of this post. The ideas are all so fabulous. Thanks for sharing them with us...

  18. How FUN! These are fantastic ideas. I, too, have been noticing a variety of crafts using book pages. These are wonderful.
    Have a fun day.
    Joan & Jane Austen Eyre

  19. I'm making some bonsai-type trees using pages, so I'm loving this too. I kind of hate destroying books, but I have several that are horribly water-damaged except for the middles, so that seems ok. (I would print but I do not have a working printer right now.)

    I'll have to make a note to link to this when I do it!

  20. okay, I am super inspired now. Thanks for such ideas!!!!
    Happy Holidays,

  21. As always, thank you for the inspiration! I've linked to you from my blog

  22. a lot of beautiful ideas, thank you!!

  23. Those are all so gorgeous! I've been making stuff with book pages as well this year - didn't realize it was so trendy. (Weird... I've never *been* trendy before!)

  24. I love that ideas, but i´ve always felt very..."respetfull" for books, I simply CAN´T tear them...and I do not know why.
    The ones I do not want anymore I usually donate them to my city´s library, but I have some very bad and old books that I´dlove touse for handcrafting but I can´t!!

    I need to overcome my love for books!

  25. This is WONDERFUL.
    i love your blog
    Margarita xx

  26. Love this!

  27. Thanks for sharing such great ideas. I love the book page look.
    Who knew the joy, beyond reading, that a book can bring?

  28. What an inspiration! I have to make something soon! Thank you for sharing

  29. lovely! I can't wait to try these ideas, thanks so much!

  30. Great ideas! I've been in love with book pages for a long time and welcome new ideas for using them. Thanks!

  31. Thanks so much for sharing these great ideas - I have shared them on my blog too - spreading the love :-)

  32. What a great idea - thanks for sharing!

  33. fab idea alisa! you are such an inspiration.

  34. Stop - my head hurts from all the amazing ideas you have! Totally kidding lol!
    I really like the idea where you sew the book cut outs together - NICE!

  35. Hi, I'm M. Lorena, I have a blog called De Puntillas. Your ideas seem cool, I've written about this entry on my blog. If trouble is you delete it without problem.
    A greeting.

  36. Great ideas! I love the sewn garland and the wrapping paper... Thanks for sharing, I love using recycled materials and these are some really innovative new ideas!

  37. What fabulous ideas! I have been dying to try some book page, thank you for inspiring me with some more ideas. :)

  38. Thank Y♥U so much for sharing these wonderful ideas!!!!

    Lee Ann

  39. What a great post! I love the gift tags especially. :)

  40. I love it, especially the little book page flower. What a great way wrap a gift. I featured you today on my gift wrap roundup :)

  41. I just found you through Rachel at One Pretty Thing. I love her site as I get to find great sites like yours. I am so glad I clicked over. I love using bookpages and have covered the inside of a hutch with pages, but I love the garland idea. I am planning on doing some sewing projects this weekend, I am going do this. Thanks so much for providing the inspiration. I am subscribing!
    My best- Diane

  42. Odlična ideja!!! Savršena i maštovita izrada!!! Volim ovakve stvari :)))

  43. I've done something similar, but it was with old comic books that I had lying around. Re-used it for many things. from gift wraps to binder/notebook covers. :)

  44. Thanks for the ideas! I have a whole pile of old books I need to get rid of, maybe I'll just craft with them instead!

  45. I love these ideas and will bookmark them to try some out. I even know where I can get some old books to use for free. Thanks for posting.

  46. I just found these but I plan to try each one this year. I'm a writer--words are my thing. I can't wait to find a book to cut up. Good Will here I come. Well you didn't expect me to cut up one of mine, did you? :-D

  47. GREAT, great ideas!! Love it. So pure, so (eco) friendly, so super! Thanks. I'll make a post and a link to here!

  48. Anonymous11:56 PM

    Very nice :)

  49. Anonymous7:03 PM

    Love love love! I featured the project on my Earth day blog post

  50. Still loving these ideas - have linked to you in my latest blogpost.

  51. Love, love, love! Thank you for sharing. :)

  52. This is a great idea for a book flower bow. Would be cute on the paper bag wrapping paper too!

  53. Anonymous10:57 PM

    I really liked your article. cardiovascular

  54. Great post, thank for share! I will return this blog to read more useful posts. Thanks!

  55. I love working with old book pages. Great Post! I love the gift wrap ideas :)

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  57. You have the BEST ideas Alisa! I included your garland in a round up of DIY banner ideas on my blog (with links back to you, of course)

  58. Wow! such a pretty post. I love it...and will try it right away. I hate throwing our books in bins and now upcycling has helped saving them again. As crafters we should look for more ways to reuse and upcycle. I really liked this Book of Books as well It shares many interesting projects. Altered Upcycling also has an awesome website and lots of free ebook offers if you sign up.