The Repurposed Library

The Repurposed Library

33 Craft Projects That Give Old Books New Life

Book - 2011
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We all love to read and learn from books, but The Repurposed Library takes our passion even further, presenting us with 33 projects to make--quite literally--out of books. For these projects, Lisa Occhipinti rescues and repurposes orphaned and outdated books from flea markets and library sales and turns them into new art objects and practical items for the home. Her creations range from artfully constructed mobiles, wreaths, and vases, to functional items like shelves, storage boxes, and even a Kindle "keeper" for those who want to replicate the sensation of holding a "real" book while reading from an e-reader. Projects utilize every imaginable part of a book--from hardback cover to individual pages--and are a DIY celebration of a new way to view a book's potential.

Praise for The Repurposed Library :

"In an age when the bound book is an endangered species, [Occhipinti's] artwork is nicely topical. She now has a book of her own, The Repurposed Library , out this week from Stewart, Tabori & Chang. In it, she offers readers a how-to guide to making household objects from, well, books, like a mirror, a lamp and a fire screen, as well as the winsome mobile shown on the cover."
- The New York Times

"Book hoarders rejoice: all those random children's books, encyclopedias, and unread paperbacks are about to find their purpose . . . Furnished with cheery photographs and numerous hand-drawn diagrams, this endearing book will appeal to veteran crafters and literati alike."
- BUST magazine

"The book is really well-made, fittingly. The photography by Thayer Allyson Gowdy is wonderful and really shows off the projects--and everything in the background is as tastefully arranged as a Crate & Barrel catalog. . . . if you love books as objects, The Repurposed Library is a fun collection of project ideas."

"We love how everyday objects like a colorful collection of vintage books can double as décor. . . . Th[e] cute wall-hung book ledge is easy to make and provides a perfect perch for treasured keepsakes. -- Natural Home & Garden
Publisher: New York : Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 2011.
ISBN: 9781584799092
Characteristics: 144 p. :,col. ill. ;,26 cm.


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Aug 13, 2018

Some of these are just weird, random ornaments, but I guess if you're into crafts and you like books (cutting them up, at least) you could enjoy making some of these. There are great gift ideas, like the Biographical Bracelet or the Music Book.
If you have old books that nobody wants to read (like nonfiction that's not relevant anymore), you could have a lot of fun with these crafts.

Sep 10, 2013

A few great ideas and lots of ideas for dust collectors.

Jun 19, 2012

Some fun ideas, but many variations on the same theme. Repetitive.

Oct 17, 2011

I cannot imagine being so bored that I would choose to "repurpose" tattered old books into something else besides "firewood". Many of these projects are so flimsy that when they get dusty--and they will--you will destroy them trying to clean them. If you have tattered old books to get rid of, give me a call. We heat with wood.

Aug 11, 2011

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Aug 13, 2018

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