How to Make a Vase From an Old Book

by Johnnie Collier

Book Page Vase DIY

Ever wonder what to do with those old hardcover books you have lying around?  This project is super gratifying as it is simple, quick and you most likely have all the necessary supplies on hand.  I made this cutie in under 25 minutes, beginning to end.  The inspiration came from a fantastic book titled “UPCYCLING” by Danny Seo.  I highly recommend you pick this book up if you can.  You can get it at Amazon for $8.99, and it is filled with wonderful ideas to create with what you have at home.  There are so many projects I want to do in there.  My recycle bin pile will be getting smaller and smaller!



  • Old hardcover book
  • craft glue (Glossy Accents used here)
  • Utility knife
  • Cardboard or card stock for template
  • Pen or pencil to draw vase outline

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  • Cut the cardboard to fit the same size as the book cover, and draw a half vase on it.Repurpose old books


  • Cut around the outline to create a templateUpcycled home decor


  • With the edge of your template against the spine of the book, begin cutting around it, several pages at a time.  Continue this until you are through the entire book.  I ditched the template after 50 pages or so, and just used the cut pages as my guide.  It is super easy.  It doesn’t have to be perfect. Crafts using old books
  • When you have cut through the entire book, remove the cover and glue the back of the last page to the front of the front page.  I put a lot of glue on the spine too, and paper clipped to hold together until glue dried.

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Vase from old book pages

Repurpose old booksI love it!  I am not compensated in anyway for mentioning this book.  It just rocks.  This is my first project inspired from it.  I am sure there will be more!

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Michelle February 14, 2012 at 10:52 am

That’s incredible! Who would have thought you could do that with a book. It never ceases to amaze me how people just keep coming up with such creative ideas on how to repurpose something.

I just love it!!


2 Mary February 14, 2012 at 6:57 pm

Clever – it’s especially cool because you recycle books.


3 Katie February 15, 2012 at 9:23 am

Love this idea!!! I have a few old books just laying around I should give this a try!


4 Shirley Lupton March 14, 2012 at 8:16 pm

You never fail to amaze me. I love your blog.


5 emmaolju June 4, 2012 at 11:47 am



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