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12 Amazing Book Crafts to Try | Mabey She Made It

Welcome! I’m so glad you’re here.

For those of you who love the written word and want it to be part of your aesthetic too, this post is for you. Pick up a new (old) book at the thrift store and get to work on one (or more) of these amazing book crafts.

I know some of you are cringing right now–how could anyone ruin a perfectly good book? Well, some books aren’t perfectly good anymore. Some are outdated, irrelevant, or already in a condition where they can’t be read anymore. So why not turn these books into something you’ll use and cherish?

A while back, my sister worked on a project with a library that had old books they were no longer shelving. They had tasked her with making book crafts with these treasures to give to the library’s donors as a thank you gift. What a perfect gift for the donors who obviously value books and reading.

The further we delved into repurposing books into new beautiful objects, the more discoveries I knew you’d want to see. You may have seen some of these beautiful book crafts before, but as a collection, they show the versatility of book crafts and the power of the written word. So let’s get to the book crafts!

And if you just can’t make one yourself, you can at least enjoy them for the beautiful creations they are. :)

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18 Comments on 12 Amazing Book Crafts to Try

  1. Diana
    Monday, February 16, 2015 at 12:22 PM (1 year ago)

    This goes on my to do list and I pinned it on Pinterest as a reminder !LOL Yah I know unless I write it down or I pin it (I forget!). Thanks !!!!

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    • Lisa
      Monday, February 16, 2015 at 10:00 PM (1 year ago)

      Thank you! And I’m the same way–i have to write down EVERYTHING.

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  2. Amy Wilson
    Monday, February 16, 2015 at 3:36 PM (1 year ago)

    I’m a writer, not a crafter, but I am going to beg, plead, and cry until my sister or my daughter make me that front door wreath. I LOVE it.

    I love that mobile, too. Maybe I’ll double my pleas?

    Thanks for sharing!

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    • Lisa
      Monday, February 16, 2015 at 10:01 PM (1 year ago)

      That’s awesome Amy. I’m positive your pleading will result in beautiful book crafts. :)

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  3. Erica
    Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 2:01 PM (1 year ago)

    All of these are such great ideas! I’m definitely a bibliophile and doing some of these crafts to display around my house would definitely be right up my alley!
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    • Lisa
      Monday, February 23, 2015 at 8:42 AM (1 year ago)

      I hope you do–and then let me see!

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  4. Vashti Quiroz-Vega
    Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 3:31 PM (1 year ago)

    Hi Lisa! Loved these crafts. They’re great! Pinning!
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    • Lisa
      Monday, February 23, 2015 at 8:42 AM (1 year ago)

      So glad you liked them, Vashti. And thank you so much for pinning!

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  5. Meghan
    Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 6:16 PM (1 year ago)

    These are all so beautiful but I could just not imagine destroying a book for art.

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    • Lisa
      Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 3:10 PM (1 year ago)

      Hi Meghan, I know it’s a bit hard to do. For other projects I’ve found a book that was already pretty destroyed so I didn’t feel so bad about it. Hope that helps.

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    • Lisa
      Monday, April 20, 2015 at 9:42 PM (1 year ago)

      Right? The hardest part is deciding which to start with!

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  6. Rose
    Sunday, May 31, 2015 at 10:58 PM (1 year ago)

    What a fun gathering of book arts creative crafts/artwork!
    I will try and make time for at least two of your projects (with my own twist, of course!)
    :)
    TY!

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    • Lisa
      Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at 9:19 AM (1 year ago)

      Thank you Rose!

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  7. Ashley
    Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at 6:49 PM (12 months ago)

    Hello! Thank you for this beautiful roundup of book crafts! I’ve actually featured this post on my own little Pinterest roundup of art jouraling ideas and prompts, as a few of these crafts would look great in an art journal. You can check it out here (I’ve added a link back to your blog of course! :) http://www.ashleypicanco.com/art-journal-page-inspiration/

    Thanks for sharing!
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    • Lisa
      Monday, July 6, 2015 at 9:53 PM (12 months ago)

      Thank you, Ashley! I love sharing!

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  8. Jax
    Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at 6:10 PM (11 months ago)

    I love several of the projects but can’t see how I can ever sacrifice a book to do it. It would be like wielding the ax at a beheading. The Library Society here runs a sale every year for the County Library, but the older books just go from the regular library to the Library Guild, run by the Society. We respect our books around here. My mom still has my Dad’s Encyclopedia Brittanica from 1966 with addendum every year until he died. I believe he read every page. I’ve had to promise to keep them as a set on display in my house when she’s gone. I just don’t think I can destroy a book.

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    • Lisa
      Wednesday, August 5, 2015 at 2:46 PM (11 months ago)

      Book crafts aren’t for everyone. I think every book lover loves the look, but some can’t quite destroy the book and that’s okay. I’ll bet your Dad’s encyclopedias are amazing! :)

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