A New Use for Old Books: Handmade Cards
There are so many old books sitting on Goodwill shelves, and so many of them will never find a new home with a reader. But just because some editions don’t have a use on the bookshelves of today doesn’t mean there can’t be a purpose for them.
My favorite thing to do with old books is make one-of-a-kind greeting cards. If done right, sometimes a card can be just as special as an actual gift. Of the handmade cards I have given, most have been kept and treasured, hung on a wall, or put away to keep. With a handmade card, you can create something with the personality and likes of the recipient specifically in mind, and people really do appreciate this.
I have an assortment of books from Goodwill that are kept with my colored paper and scrapbook supplies: an old, yellowed dictionary; a 1970’s yearbook; and lots of illustrated children’s books. These books have come in handy to make everything from birthday or thank you cards to greetings for all the holidays. And with the season soon turning from fall into winter, there will be many uses for a thoughtful handmade card. Here is a look at a few of my favorites!
For a little inspiration, bring your old books from Goodwill and some scrap paper, and join me and Crown Town Handmade for our upcoming Make Out, Thursday December 2 7:30pm, at the Patchwerk Playhaus in Plaza Midwood. Fellow crafter and Jane of all trades, Jessica Coate, will teach everyone how to make pop-up cards for the holidays.
-Amanda Aileen Fisher
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