May 23

Upcyled Book Art

There are so many great ideas out there turning old books into something creative. I found an interesting mobile made out of a book and thought I would make one and hang it in our craft room. This project was very simple and inexpensive. All you need is a hardcover book that you don’t plan on reading, glue, and some fishing line. If you do not have a book at home check your local library, book store, or thrift store. I purchased these books at a thrift store for $1.50 and $1.

First you will want to select a book. Any size will do. Here I have a larger book and a medium size. For this project I will be using the larger book. If you do not want any writing on the cover feel free to paint the cover. I did not paint mine as the writing will not be visible where I will be hanging the mobile.

Then the fun part, start ripping out all of the pages. I started by tearing out a few from the front then back. Then I was able to remove the center all in once piece.

Then start gluing the pages by folding in half, but do not complete to make a crease. My favorite glue to use on paper is Aleene’s Tacky Glue. Make several of these pages.

Depending on how thick you want your mobile will determine how many you need to make.

Then use a hot glue gun and start gluing to the center of the book out. Once you have a good solid row then start filling in. You can’t really mess this up if you pick up the book once in a while and see where more pages are needed. Toward the end you will want to mainly glue the pages in the center bringing them to a point.

Completed mobile with the book open. Don’t close your book!

Hang your mobile with fishing line or something clear and your book project is complete. I will be making a couple smaller mobiles to hang along side this larger one. Happy crafting!


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