Friday, February 18, 2011

Repurposed book cover

Since I spend a lot of my time tearing the pages out of books to make my wreaths, I have a large amount of hard covers left over. I wanted to find a way to use these as well. I just hate to throw them out. Here’s one of the uses I have found for them……
A coupon holder
You’ll need medium hard cover book, fabric, glue gun, ribbon & coupon holder insert found in any office supply section
First tear the pages out of the book. Some older books will be very easy to just give a good tug & they're out. Otherwise an xacto knife works well.


Now lay the hard cover on top of fabric & cut to size leaving enough of an edge to fold over the sides. Using the glue gun ,seal the edges to the inside of the cover, pulling tight as you go.
 

Measure ribbon . Cut enough that you’ll be able to tie it into a bow once its attached. Glue ribbon to each side.



Now its time to add the coupon insert. Mine had a fold-over closer, so I cut that off.  Apply glue to the inside spine of the book. Push insert into book & hold until glue has cooled.
 


Now squeeze glue to the inside cover of book & press down sides of insert until glue cools. That’s it! Its ready for use !
This would also make a really cute recipe holder as well. I’d love to fill it with my favorite recipes & give it as a gift. Maybe even a wedding shower? Something unique & repurposed ! Or put a small spiral note book inside to keep track of daily notes. I think I’ll make that next : ) 

10 comments:

texwisgirl said...

Pretty slick!

Nancy@A Rural Journal said...

That's so cute! What a great idea.

Allison said...

Great idea! My son made a lovely notepad/coupon holder at school last year. I use it every week to write my shopping list on, and love it because it's hand-made. :)

Babbs said...

Now that is adorable, love it!!! I can see a ton of uses for it in addition to coupon holder!!! Thanks for the tutorial too, wonderful!!! Have you seen the book cover purses? Those are adorable too, I love those, and actually bought one to try and use as a pattern but my daughter stole it. :)

Trisha said...

Babbs- Yes I have seen those! They're very cute! Let me know if you ever make one :) I'd love to try that out too!

sapphireblue said...

That looks awesome!

Christine said...

That is so pretty, what a great idea! I would love to do a recipe holder.

SocialStudiesSoubrette said...

Oh my gosh I am so going to make that! My coupons are a mess and Little Bit always makes short work of the flimsy coupon holders from the Dollar Tree. Thanks for the terrific idea :D

Janice said...

Thanks for visiting my blog, Roller Coaster Ride. You are so artistic. I can only wish to be more like you!

Paula said...

What a great and clever idea, I love it.