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Guest post: New uses for old books

March 28, 2011

I always make it a point to spend some time in the book section of my local Goodwill. Not because I’m an avid reader (I have three small kids–the days of reading for pleasure are out the window. . . ), but because there may be something beautiful just waiting to be hung on my wall.

Framing book pages as art isn’t a new idea, but the possibilities are endless, especially when it comes to using children’s books.

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Children’s books are colorful, heavily illustrated and a great way to preserve a favorite childhood story.
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Old comic books are another fun alternative, if you’re looking to add some whimsy to a space:

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Books don’t necessarily have to be illustrated to look great on  your wall. Use a printed page instead of a traditional mat:
Woman’s Day
Lots of people are also using old book pages (dictionaries work great!) to print images over the text:
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And, if you want to take it a step farther, this designer “wallpapered” an entire wall with vintage book pages:
A Well Dressed Home

And, finally, book pages don’t even have to be used in a frame to become beautiful art. This is one example of a pretty wreath made out of vintage pages.

French Fleur De Lis Vintage Book Wreath - Shabby Chic Spring Wedding Decor
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-Emily A. Clark

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5 Comments
  1. March 29, 2011 8:27 am

    Love it! I’ve framed old maps as well – it doesn’t always matter where they are from, they look cool in a collection!

    • March 29, 2011 8:32 am

      Thanks, Helena! We love it too. :)

      ~Aleigh at Goodwill

  2. March 29, 2011 8:59 am

    Great idea! I have done this with an old bontanicals book. I took out the flowers that worked with my color scheme and framed them. Easy art for sure!

    • March 29, 2011 9:06 am

      Great idea, Lakeitha! That sounds lovely.

      ~Aleigh at Goodwill

  3. March 29, 2011 1:50 pm

    I LOVE the idea of printing on old pages from a dictionary. Awesome ideas Emily.

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