recycled vintage children’s book blocks

Cutting up old books seems almost a crime, but if they’ve been really well worn out and you can escape the guilt, they make some lovely decorations. We have quite a few things planned for some vintage books I’ve collected lately, but I chose some of the boys’ favorites for the blocks we had painted in fun colors already. I decoupaged some of the most colorful characters or favorite bits of two different books so far…now we are looking for the right book for the next few blocks. These came from a 1980’s edition of Dumbo and Danny and the Dinosaur. I used a mix of school glue and water to affix the pictures, then used a matte clear sealant spray for longer wear.

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  • Kelly Ann

    That’s a great idea, I have several books that are coming apart that aren’t special childhood ones.

  • Sheela Goh

    Oh no, I couldn’t, I just couldn’t, Marie :) in fact, I still have, with me, books from when I was just a child. They’re no longer pristine but neither are they falling apart, and they hold such wonderful memories for me so I won’t even be able to contemplate cutting up any part of any book :) I’m such a nerd. And a hoarder. A nerd hoarder HA