Do you have some old books laying around that you always thought you should do something with, but never got around to it? Or maybe you found this beautifully bound book at a used bookstore and will never read it, but loved it anyway? Regardless of the reason, we have all found these wonderful treasures around our house, and can't bear to get rid of them. So instead of letting them clutter up your life, why not re-purpose them into something new and exciting?
Open-faced lacquering is the art of opening a book, lacquering it so that the book stays open to the page you have selected, and making a conversation piece out of it. This relatively simple process can allow you to make a beautiful display of memories. To do this, simply find the book that you want to use to memorialize your moment, and then use a glue or lacquer such as Mod-podge to stick all of the pages together. You can also add pictures to the open face while you let it dry. This creates a stunningly different way to show off pictures, or just to decorate the book-lovers home.
Secret hidden pockets
This is a creative little technique that allows you to hide small things within large books. Simply select the large book that you want to hide something in, measure the size of the object you want to hide, and cut the book pages all in the same spot to create a space. When the book is closed it will look like any other book. But when you open it you will be able to access the hidden object. Small pill bottles in this case work well, as do match boxes, or other containers of that nature.
Create a bookcase table
Sometimes the simplest things are the most stunning. If you have books that have nice spines, or are thick and you just cant bear to get rid of them, consider gathering a bunch together and just gluing them together in a stack to form a table. Find some Crazy Glue or something similar and simply stack them together. Once the glue dries you will have a unique table that will have people asking questions and become quite the conversation piece.
there you have it, three simple ideas for book creativity. So if you can't let go of some of your old favorites, or you couldn't resist picking up the glorious old book from that used bookstore, never fear; there are always ways to enjoy them in other ways!