I’ve recently been drawn to pieces of art created using pages from old books. Book sculptures aren’t just nice to look at; they’re also a good way to recycle old books that have been abandoned in thrift shops, used bookstores, or that one box in the corner of your garage. To see an example of book sculptures, check out my past posts on artists Kathy Ross and Su Blackwell. The other day, I came across some other creative ways to use old book pages– as wedding decorations.
1. Flower Vases
The cute flower vases pictured below can be made at home following these simple steps. You’ll need a sharp craft knife, old books, a small piece of cardboard, a pencil, and a hot glue gun. After some practice, you can have some fun with the shapes of your vases, making them taller or curvier.
2. Center Pieces
The vases above can be used during the ceremony, as well as center pieces at the reception. You can also find vintage books with colorful prints to stack on each table, along with simple glass jars or vases filled with flowers.
If you’re planning on assigning seats during the reception, you can use book pages to help number each table. Simply cut the pages into the shape of a number and glue it to a vase.
Are those paper roses you see? Why yes. Yes, they are. These intricate book flowers can be used for many things.
This bouquet of roses, for instance, is made entirely from old book pages. It’s adorable and awesome. To make your own paper roses, you will need pages from an old book, ribbon, gauge wire, a glue gun, glue sticks, scissors, and wire cutters. To get step by step instructions, click here.
You can also glue paper flowers to a chalkboard and use it as a sign at your wedding to greet guests, like the one pictured below.
What other creative ways have you seen books used? Tell us below.
– Melanie Figueroa
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