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Turn old books into a classy vase!
I found this craft in Country Living magazine a few years ago. It takes a lot of patience, but is definitely one of the neatest things I've ever made. The first photo is from the CL craft, the second is my version. :)

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  • Step 1

    Find an old paperback book that you don't mind turning into a vase. Trace the shape you want your vase to be on the front cover and first few pages.

  • Step 2

    Begin cutting out the shape of the vase using an exacto knife or scissors. (I used scissors, and I have a feeling that a craft knife would work better.)

  • Step 3

    Continue cutting all the way through the pages of the book along the template, until you are done. This will take a while. Your book should now fan out in the shape of a vase.

  • Step 4

    Glue the front and back covers of the book together so that the vase will stand on it's base. You may have to glue a few of the first pages, or a page here and there to make sure the vase is uniform and well-balanced. Let dry, and you're done! It makes a nice vintage edition to your shelf or mantel.



Candace Fox
Candace Fox · 1 project
Wow! I love this idea!!
Jet H.
Jet H. · Haarlem, North Holland, NL · 108 projects
beautiful like it;-D
Hey Carrots!
Hey Carrots! · 12 projects
Caeli- I love books too! I had trouble choosing which one to use for this. I used a very old, boring devotional that I had already read through.
I think the magazine idea might work, as long as you use enough of them. There have to be enough pages to fan out and make the "vase" round.
Caeli L.
Caeli L. · Portugal Cove-St. Philip's, Newfoundland and Labrador, CA · 25 projects
Damn, what a dilemma... I think it's adorable but, on the other hand, I love books too much to cut them :S
Do you think that would work with several magazines with the covers glued on each other, forming a "book"?
Van · 48 projects
Such a neat idea!
LadyLordessa · Frankfurt, Hesse, DE · 15 projects
i love it <3
thanks for that tutorial

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