New Uses for Books
Stickers as Book Labels
Hey, math can be colorful! Wrap textbooks in simple paper and use alphabet stickers to label the spines.
Paper as Boutonniere
Create an accessory that doubles as a keepsake by crafting the boutonniere out of your favorite song, reading, or even love letter.
Get the how-tos here.
Book as Word Scramble
For the kids' table: Cut out 30 or so words from old children's books (the fonts are larger) and challenge them to form sentences with the pieces.
Book as Misleading Gift Box
To foil present-guessers, hide the real gift in a hollowed-out book. Using a box cutter carve a space just large enough to hold the small item.
Chip Clip as Bookmark
Attaching a chip clip to each side of your cookbook will not only keep your place while whipping up dinner, it will also help keep the book open. Submitted by: kriehl5
Greeting Card as Bookmark
You'll never spend a penny on a bookmark, plus you'll get a special surprise each time you pick up your book.
Address Labels as Bookplates
Stick or tape them on anything you don't want to lose: books, magazines, umbrellas, Tupperware containers, cell phones, the stapler on your desk at work. That way your stuff will see many happy returns.
Book Cover as a Tourist Disguise
A travel guide screams "I’m lost!" but cloaking it in pretty paper or the jacket of a book in the native language will let you blend in with the locals. You'll be more likely to be asked for directions than taken for a ride.
Storybook Pages as Placemats
Add some character(s) to a table setting by sandwiching favorite storybook pages between lamination sheets (available at office-supply stores). Catchy text and colorful pictures (think Dr. Seuss and nursery rhymes) are especially attention-grabbing.
Wallpaper as Book Covers
Leave brown paper bags for packing lunches and protect your favorite reads with leftover pieces of wallpaper or pages from a wallpaper book. Added bonus: Many of these book covers are tear-resistant.
Bobby Pin as Bookmark
Use a bejeweled hair clip to save your place in the latest thriller. Slide the pin over a few pages (so it stays in place) to mark where you left off.
Dryer Sheet as Book Deodorizer
Prevent your beloved volumes from acquiring a musty smell by inserting a fabric-softener sheet between the pages.
Paper Clip as Phone Book Marker
Find the number for your favorite restaurant faster by clipping its page in the phone book.
Rocks as Bookends
Keep books straight on a shelf. Add an earthy vibe to your reading collection by subbing in large smooth rocks for bookends.
Vase as Bookend
Prop up your bestsellers with an empty glass vase. Make a quick swap with the fillers for a seasonal update.