Some of my favorite decor items are garlands and banners, and anything made with book pages. I realize there are folks who think you should never disfigure a book, but the librarians say they get more book donations than they need. So rather than throw the books into the garbage only to clutter the landfill, why not recycle them into something beautiful? Today I’m sharing how to recycle a book into a pretty book page garland.
A long piece of twine threads through the middle of the circles.
I used the Martha Stewart Circle Cutter. I like this better than a circle punch because you can cut so many different size circles with it. It’s also much faster than cutting with scissors. You simply insert the blade into the hole for the size circle you want, press down and rotate the small blade to cut the circle.
I cut approximately 230 circles 3 1/2 inches in diameter for my garland. That might seem like a lot but it goes quickly. After cutting the circles, punch holes in the middle with a paper hole punch or with the point of your scissors.
Open the crumpled circles back up and string them onto a long piece of twine. I stuck a safety pin through the end of the twine to make it easier to push through the holes. You can string a stack of circles together at one time to speed things up.
There’s really no right or wrong way to do this.
I told her she doesn’t need to understand … she just needs to think it’s cute.
I think the book page garland would also look great hanging over a window. It took just a couple of hours to make, and you could even work on your book page garland while watching your favorite TV show.