Books as craft material

by rooruu on January 3, 2008

in Green Crafting, Paper+Mixed Media

If you happen to have some old books that you’ve finished with (or if you haven’t, any white elephant stall/ thrift shop/ op shop/Goodwill has Plenty!) then there’s a list of links for using them as craft materials on the Bookshop Blog here. Embroidery, journals, sculpture, stash boxes and more. If you’re in the summer holidays of the southern hemisphere right now, this could be an inexpensive and entertaining holiday craft activity.

Recycled clock by recycleeh at etsy

Alternatively, maybe you’d like to buy a book made into a clock. This is from recycleeh at etsy.

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1 Ros January 3, 2008 at 10:51 pm

Am I the only person who always wants to scream ‘Noooo!!!’ and dive in to save the precious books? There just feels something so wrong to me about treating a book as a mere object, rather than a world of invention or information. Surely someone would read it, wouldn’t they? One day?

2 Laura January 4, 2008 at 1:58 am

Oh, those poor books. Especially the lovely vintage hardbound one that’s been turned into a clock. I appreciate books as art, but I prefer when they’re not destroyed in the process. (Thankfully, the Bookshop Blog proposes crafting only with books that absolutely no one wants.) Try bookmooch.com if you want to get rid of old books and trade them for ones you want.

3 Sarah January 4, 2008 at 9:15 am

In answer to your question Ros, though I realize it may be a rhetorical one, is, in many cases, no. There are some books out there which no one will ever read again, even if they did so once. Books that are simply not good, books that are so outdated as to be actually dangerous. The truth is, just because something got published doesn’t guarantee it has great value, at least in its original incarnation.
And at least with the Canterbury clock “book”, the pretty cover is being enjoyed, and serving a function to boot. Better that life than waiting on a dusty shelf, mildewing, as no one ever EVER picks it up.
You couldn’t find someone who loves to read more than I do, really. So don’t think I am just out to spread negativity and condemn libraries to extinction.

4 rooruu January 4, 2008 at 10:56 am

I sympathise with the comments so far: I love books myself, and own just so many. But there are some which just aren’t going to be read again, from all I can tell – otherwise, why would op shop shelves be always full of them? Realistically, it’s like culling your book collection: some can do it, some can’t. And I would advise being careful which books you use. With the clock illustrated above, isn’t there an argument that the beautiful cover would be appreciated daily, in this form? (there’s an argument against that, too – but then points of view can differ).

5 jessica January 6, 2008 at 2:33 am

Hello, my name is Jessica and I love to cut up books.

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