Book Crafts: Use Old Book Pages Without Destroying Books

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Lately, I have been seeing more and more craft projects that use book pages as part of the design.  I love the look of these crafts.  Since I love books, anything with book pages just warms my heart.  But, that raises a little bit of a problem for me.  It’s not that I don’t have plenty of old books that I could use the pages from in craft projects, it’s that I hate the idea of destroying any of my books.

I particularly like the look of aged book pages versus brand spanking new.  Unless I have a vintage book that is half way destroyed anyway, I will not want to tear any of the pages out.  However, I still want to use old book pages in some of my craft projects.  Luckily, I have found a way to get past this little problem and it is really very simple.

The first technique is the most simple.  The only requirements are that you already own a book with yellowed pages and you also have a copier that you can make colored copies on.

Here is an example of a copy that I took from a yellowed page of an old book:

The copy is just a little bit lighter but it definitely has the aged look to it.  You can’t get any easier than that.  However, if you don’t have any old books or any books at all, you can still get some book pages and age them yourself.

How To Age Paper:

how to age paper

I googled book page and then clicked on images and came up with several images of different book pages.  I printed off this one:

It was actually already a little bit aged but I am going to show you how to age it some more.  Start by making yourself a hot cup of tea with a tea bag.

Put your paper into a rectangular shaped plastic container.  Once the tea is steeped, take out the tea bag and rub it all over the paper:

Once you cover the entire paper, take it out of the plastic container and lay it out flat to dry.

You can use a blow dryer to speed up the drying process but it will end up with a more crinkled texture.  I did it this way for this demonstration but normally like to dry it flat and wait patiently.  When it is dry it will have a nice yellowed and aged look.

It’s now ready to use in your book page crafts.  Here is an example of a page that I used in a project after the paper dried flat:

old book page craft

Happy Crafting!