Despite my reticence at cutting books of any kind, there are occasions where it feels like it makes sense to give new life to old images by using them in a way where they will be seen and enjoyed. Helena of Craft and Creativity shows how to do just that with old books and maps.
I was originally looking for pictures of old houses, but the dictionaries and history books I came home with also contained beautiful illustrations of flowers, animals, paintings and maps. Lots of material for future crafting! Being the bookworm I am, it was with a little sadness in my heart that I tore the books apart. I consoled myself with the fact that the books were worn and only cost me 1 SEK (10 cents) each. Plus, they are likely to spread more joy as interior accents than dusty old books at a flea shop.
I cut out the houses with a pair of scissors and cut out a couple of the windows with an exacto knife to create a transparency effect. I wrapped the paper around small drinking glasses and secured with tape at the back. Finally, I cut away any excess paper. Another idea for recycling could be to use old jars instead of glasses.
(Images: Helena of Craft and Creativity)