We teach our children to treat books like little treasures; never write in a book, never spill food or water on a book, always use a bookmark instead of folding the pages down and never rip or cut a book. Ok, so now I’m telling you to lighten up. I say get out the old books and start creating! My elementary school librarian just choked on her cup of tea.
Let’s face it, not ALL books are worth cherishing, sharing or saving. You must admit that there are a few duds out there. I say we can sacrifice one or two in the name of creativity and home decor, right? In this age of Pinterest-inspired crafts, I came across hundreds of ideas for adorable projects using old books. This bookfolding idea particularly caught my eye.
The next time you’re at a thrift store or tag sale, pick up a few books that you know you won’t ever read. If possible, get different sizes with varying page stock and thickness—it will make the display all the more interesting.
Now the fun part. It’s time to start folding! I found the pattern for this heart on a website and blog called the Big Red Barn.
Their instructions are excellent but you may also want to take a look on YouTube before you start to get an idea of what bookfolding is all about…there’s really no substitute for watching the project unfold (get it?!) right before your eyes. I had no idea that bookfolding was so popular! You’ll be amazed at all the patterns and tutorials out there.
If a is book destined for the recycle bin, why not use it? Reduce, reuse, recycle!
Who’s with me on this?
Don’t forget to send me photos of your book art!