Repurposing Used Children’s Books

Old books feature some of the most interesting and inexpensive artwork for your home. Several weeks ago I began searching for antique frames and classic children’s books to frame for my friend’s baby nursery. I found an old “Jack in the Beanstalk” book at Savers in West Roxbury for 69 cents. I then bought seven frames from different stores and garage sales. Overall the project probably cost around $30 and is more meaningful–in my opinion–than anything you could buy on a gift registry.

Start by carefully taking the book apart by either removing the staples in the binding or using an X-Acto knife to cut along the edges. Pick your favorite pages to frame that tell the story and are visually interesting. You could also attach ribbon to the back of the frame to hang the art from.

The soon-to-be mommy with her frames (above). As the baby grows older the artwork can be exchanged with photos or a new, and age appropriate, book.

The mismatched antique frames can be arranged any way you like on a wall.

24. July 2011 by elaine aka bean
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  1. What a beautiful idea!

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