Book Page Craft Projects and Thrift Store Finds

As one of 15+ bloggers participating in the Thrift Store Décor Challenge this month, I am excited to share how I incorporated my book page craft projects into my thrift store and flea market decor. When you get to the bottom of this post you will be treated to some serious creativity so please hop around to each blog and get to know us and our thrifty goodness.

Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge

The Rules:

  • Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
  • There’s no monthly theme.
  • There’s no budget to stick to.

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Michelle | Our Crafty Mom
Vicki and Jennifer | 2 Bees in a Pod Pili | My Sweet Things
Angela | Simply Beautiful by Angela Kim | Made in a Day
Lindsay | Crazy Organized Marie | DIY Adulation Ann | Duct Tape and Denim
Denise | My Thrifty House Jeanie | Create and Babble Debra | Shoppe No. 5
Shirley | Intelligent Domestications Victoria | Dazzle While Frazzled Lora | Craftivity Designs
Florence | Vintage Southern Picks Deborah | Salvage Sister & Mister  Jeanee | Centsably Creative

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Book Page Crafts and Thrift Store Finds

This week I am giving you some incredibly simple ideas on how to incorporate book page craft projects and thrift store finds into your home decor. I am in no way advocating the destruction of books but if the book is falling apart and losing pages than I am all for recycling, reusing and repurposing a book page or two into something fun and unique.

Book Page Craft Projects- Memo Board

This old frame turned into memo board is lined with dictionary pages. I used the definitions of words that describe me and filled  it with keepsakes, pictures and tiny treasures.

Flea market find: The frame and lace trimmings at the flea market and the guy basically talked himself down from $20 to $5 so I couldn’t resist the bargain price.

Rustic ladder with vintage wire baskets and memo board

Book Page Craft Projects- Wreath

This book page wreath is made from an old children’s story book and the pages were literally falling out of the book. I liked these particular pages because they were 9×12, had large type print and there was a red graphic that added some contrast to the print. I also liked that the pages were darker and slightly tattered around the edges showing their age a bit.

Thrift store find: I have been collecting old windows and architectural elements to create a fun gallery wall in my office.

Vintage Book page wreath on gallery wall

Book Page Craft Projects – Grateful Garland

I recently made this “grateful” garland for my fireplace mantle using book pages from an old dictionary. The book had water damage and some of the pages were lose and falling out. Rather than tossing the book I carefully pulled pages out and used my $1 flea market stencils to spell out the word “grateful” onto the book pages.

Flea market find: The painted shutters are from the flea market and disguise an old, ugly brass fireplace screen.


Book Page Craft Projects – Picture Frame

I picked up this vintage, domed picture frame at a flea market for a couple of dollars and had it in my stash for a while. I really love the round, white, chippy frame and the domed glass gave me an opportunity to add something special to the frame. I lined the back of the frame with old book pages and the domed frame acts like a shadow box and holds some of the dried flowers from my son’s funeral.

Flea market find: I have a stamped book page inserted into my vintage typewriter for a fun, whimsical touch and the metal, tiered shelf was a thrift store find for $30.


Book Page Craft Projects – Handmade Note Card

In a technology driven world, it is still nice to receive a hand written note and a handmade note card is even better. This note card has a layered flower on it made from a book page. I love the texture it adds to the card along with the color combination of red, black and white.

Thrift store find: You can see a tiny bit of my milk glass collection. I try to find unique pieces that I haven’t seen before and I won’t pay more than $2 unless is it something amazing!



And now for more thrifty goodness!

Check out what my fellow upcyclers created below!


  1. Janice says:

    My daughters wedding bouquet was made out of dictictionary pages. I made the flowers and the florist attached the stems and arranged it. Such a fun keepsake.
    Your collection is beautiful. Love the wreath!

    • Denise Bryant says:

      Oh Janice that is an awesome idea and I am going to have to remember that when my daughters get married. Thanks for sharing and visiting.

  2. Kim~madeinaday says:

    I really like that domed frame. So sweet you added the dried flowers from your son. I have flowers from my dad I should do something like that with. Such a special way to display them. I’ll be on a lookout for one like that! Love your projects!

  3. Florence says:

    Denise, what pretty projects and mementos with the book pages! I love the shadow box and the oval frame! Well, I really love all of them! It gives me some ideas too. Visiting from the Challenge. Pinned.

  4. Debrashoppeno5 says:

    I love book page crafts but have yet to try it but that will change because I have a challenge coming up to use them. So your post has been very inspirational. I love each and every one of your projects.

  5. Mary says:

    Denise I am such a fool for book page crafts. Thanks for sharing those great ideas with us. You’ve got my brain on overdrive!

  6. Florence says:

    Hi Denise,
    Visiting from Sweet Inspiration link party….I love the book pages wreath! I’m going to have to try making one of those when I can find the right falling-apart book. It’s a neat craft.

  7. Michelle Leslie says:

    They’re all lovely Denise, but the one that really touched me are those lovely flowers in the chippy frame and domed glass. I’m so very sorry to hear about your son. Sending you much love

  8. Kathy Allen says:

    Really enjoyed all of your book page projects. I am a milk glass lover, too and enjoy making my little vignettes with them!

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