My Passion for Book Page Crafts

Lately I’m becoming more and more drawn to anything made with book pages! Within minutes the words on a book’s page take you to another place and time. The musty smell of an old book with an elegant cover is a sensory pleasure I’ll always treasure. And when you’re done with a book, you can transform it into a work of art. I’ve been collecting books for projects around the house and thanks to Pinterest, I’m finding an unending supply of crafts to make from inexpensive books found at yard sales and thrift stores. Some of the following creations are mine … some belong to others and they’ve been credited.

Recently I embellished these paper mache butterfly boxes with book pages from Wuthering Heights.
I reluctantly added these to my Etsy shop, realizing I can make more for myself if they sell.
How cool are these paper ornament balls? I found these on Pinterest and have to try creating them!
Unfortunately, they weren’t linked from the original source so I have no instructions.
But I think I can figure it out … they look simple enough.
Red Hen Home made these adorable bird houses! I remember making these as a kid with my grandmother.
We used her old Sears catalogs, and then spray painted them green to make Christmas trees.
Maybe my grandmother is the reason why I enjoy working with paper projects so much.
How cute is this little bird with wire feet, perched on a coverless stack of books?
I found him for sale over at Cotton Bird Designs’ shop!
I’m lovin’ this book page pumpkin and will make a few of these in time for Halloween.
There are several tutorials in blogland on how to make these and it looks super easy!
This book page heart stole my … heart! 
These would be great at Christmas or Valentine’s Day.

This bird’s nest would be fun to make at Easter. You can find it at Domestifluff.

You could cut any shape for any holiday!
A darling paper heart garland. Again, you could use any shape to create this.
This one’s for sale at Maisy and Alice’s Etsy shop.
I made a book page garland for my craft cabinet using circles and twine.
The pages were taken from The Silver Chalice, a wonderful story!
Pages were decoupaged on the back and inside doors of the cabinet.
The rest of the pages from The Silver Chalice were decoupaged on the top of my side tables.
You can see the full project transformation here.
So many projects, so little time! I’ll keep pinning them when I see ’em!

Have you made anything using book pages? Include a link to your project in the comments below.
I’d love to see what you’ve made!

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  1. How inspirational…I love your butterfly boxes Jennifer. They’ll sell for sure! I really like book page crafts myself and lucky for me my daughter works at Half Price Books and my niece works at a library. Both of them keep me in good supply of pages. “:o) Now to get busy and do something with them. I don’t think I realized you had an etsy shop…I’m going to check it out.

  2. Hey Jennifer! These are all awesome inspiration. Tonight I was just going through some of my old books, deciding what projects to do with them. Love the ornament balls, the pumpkins,the nest and your GARLAND! That has been on my to do list for so long!!!!Fall seems like just the right time for it hopefully. Thanks for all the inspiration.

  3. I also love book page crafts and always love to find a new way to use them. Thanks for gathering all the great ideas together for us! And thanks for stopping by Quirky Vistas. I’m always glad to see you’ve stopped by.

  4. Very neat projects. Each is unique. I love books and old books even more. I would feel uncomfortable cutting up a book. Where do you get the books for transformatio? Maybe I could cut up paperbacks! I see several projects of interest if I can get over the cutting hesitation.
    Would love to learn your source.
    Hugs, Ginger

  5. You’ve shared some wonderful ideas! I love the book page covered table top and someday I’d love to cover an accent wall with book pages.

  6. Hello Jennifer! I love ALL the ideas.
    I am becoming a decoupage adict lately and old books are so inspiring!
    Congratulations for your post! I’ll save it of course.
    Besos from Argentina, Silvina