These gorgeous vases made from old books are not only pretty but a great topic of conversation too! A great way to preserve an old classic that you can't bear to part with but may have started to become illegible! Or take advantage of car boot sales/op shops to stock up on cheap books!


  • 1 Old book
  • 1 Sheet card stock/thin cardboard
  • 1 Scissors/Stanley knife


  1. Create a template by drawing the profile of half a vase on a sheet of card stock or thin cardboard.
  2. Cut the template out and insert into the first page of an old book. With the flat side of the template snug against the binding, cut along the template with a sharp knife, gradually slicing through all the pages of the book
  3. Cut the covers off the book and remove the template. Then, open the book and fold it backward before gluing the back pages together.

Notes... Quick, easy and the finished item is awesome!

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  • nadine_hill
    • 13 Jun 2017
      7:47 pm

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  • great idea, thanks for sharing


  • what a lovely idea, thanks


  • These would look great on the book shelf as a decorative piece. What a great idea.


  • What an awesome idea. I’d have a few fave books I’d keep but the others it’s giving the book a new lease of life. Fabulous!


  • Not too sure about this but do have some book doubles that are not readable I could try this with.


  • I couldn’t cut up a book. This is a very interesting craft though.


  • As a bibliophile I just can’t imagine how people can cut up books for anything! And why old books? You can never get them again. My oldest book is 150 years old, and I love knowing that when it was brand new it was purchased by someone who was educated and wealthy!


  • I love books and find the idea of cutting them up ….just somehow wrong.
    Plus I don’t think that the finished ‘vase’ is that attractive. >\o/<


  • I kinda like this idea but I don’t think I could ever cut up a book!!!


  • Different. I thought it was like a paper maiche things from the title.


  • What a unique idea !


  • Like many others, I have never seen this before. They are amazing. Would make a great project for tweens plus your could make so many shapes. Let your imagination go wild.


  • Wow I’ve never seen anything like this before! Such a cool idea! Great for the school holidays.


  • wow, I love this idea. Thanks for sharing.


  • The look cool and you could hang them to decorate the home


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