Inspiration: Ideas for recycling vintage book pages

22 Mar

See this Anthropologie painting? It’s to blame for my vintage-paper-crafts-craze lately. I pinned it on Pinterest some time ago, hoping that with time I will build up the creative force to go in this direction.

I’m the kind of gal who likes to sleep on things. I started to arbitrarily collect photos and tutorials from around the net with ideas of how to recycle vintage/old paper. I noticed you can do a lot of things with pages from old books: Decoupage, handmade tags, envelopes, scrap-booking, garlands, and so many other ideas.

In a previous post, I spoke about “Recycling, upcycling vintage books”. It was about sketching illustrations while using vintage paper as your canvas.

Here are a few ways to re-use an old book in so many other different ways…

Source: via Karboojeh on Pinterest

Envelopes look so chic when they are obviously from some old book.

Tags: Who would have thought? They look so romantic.

Butterflies: Can be used as mobiles and garlands, and in scrapbooking.

Source: via Karboojeh on Pinterest

The idea (above) is so cool. Cardboard boxes can look much prettier when decoupaged with old pages from an old book. Add a little bit of lace and you got yourself a romantic storage unit that can really add a touch of beauty to your craft room.

More romance… with this recycled vintage-looking envelope, using old pages from a book.

P.S.  If you have a recycling idea that you’d like to share, please post the link to your project in the comments box :)

Take care,



The Source of the first pic in this post is: via Karboojeh on Pinterest


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8 Responses to “Inspiration: Ideas for recycling vintage book pages”

  1. recreationsproject March 23, 2012 at 7:56 am #

    Oooh, cool! I’ve been making glass luminaria with book pages and glass jars, and I was looking for things to do with the leftover pages. Great ideas!

    • Karboojeh Jewelry March 23, 2012 at 5:38 pm #

      Thanks :) … I like the idea of decoupaging glass jars with book pages… sounds so cool!

  2. Jody Thompson March 23, 2012 at 5:28 am #

    I really like this idea! I’m going to reblog– hopefully that is okay. Cheers!

    • Karboojeh Jewelry March 23, 2012 at 11:18 am #

      Of course it is :) Glad you liked my post!

      • Jody Thompson March 24, 2012 at 3:56 am #

        I want to make something w/ this just haven’t decided what.

        • Karboojeh Jewelry March 24, 2012 at 10:35 am #

          Well, I took a cardboard box and decoupaged it with old book pages, a bit of burlap, some rope, and a chalkboard sign – I’ll try to share it on the blog soon hopefully… maybe you can start with something small first… like a small packaging box!


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