Creative Ways to Use Old Books

When fall comes around it seems every year we get into the mood to be creative. Maybe it's the cooler temperatures or the beautiful view of trees changing colors that inspire us. Whatever it is here are some great ideas for ways you can be creative with Uncommon Market.

Books to Photos
Since we have a massive library we tend to come across books that have been used a little too much resulting in torn book covers. Instead of throwing them away we came up with a neat idea of how you can incorporate them into your home! We love this idea of adding texture or color to your walls without having to do a complete makeover. **Everything used here can be found at Uncommon Market EXCEPT for the ribbon.**


To make the cute picture frame all you need is a pair of scissors, a hot glue gun, a book cover (front or back), ribbon, and a family photo.   

Choosing a Book Back

First, decide which side you want to use.  We decided to use the inside cover.  We thought the variation in colors would look great with the sepia print.  

Next, position it in the center of your book back to get a visual idea of where it's going to go.  Now on the back side of the photo adhere 4 small hot glue dots and reposition in the center of the book back.  Press firmly on the spots where it is glued.

Now, measure how long you want your ribbon to be.  This depends on where it is hanging, on how much room you may or may not have.  We cut ours at 18" long which adds an additional 7" to the frame.  Turn your book back over where the photo is facing down and adhere 2 small hot glue dots to the top left and right of the book back.  

Press the ends of your ribbon into the glue dots to create an arc for hanging.  Make sure these are pressed in well and are dry before attempting to hang.

And viola!  Hello, cutest little picture frame that we ever did see! 
Not only can you use them as picture frames.  The possibilities are absolutely endless with them as well. 

For instance, what about a coat hook? Pretty plain and boring, right?

Not anymore!  These book backs are the perfect way to add tons of color and pattern to such a simple thing. 

Have memorabilia you want to frame or maybe a cool keepsake?  Simply glue them to the book back and "hello, instant character!" 

Really, the possibilities are endless with what you can do with these.  Have an idea?  Let us know in the comments!  We would love to check it out!  We plan to post a creative idea every week so keep a lookout.  See you next week!

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  • Such a cute idea! Can’t wait to see what else you post!


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