Decorate with Thrift Store Books!

Get ready for some cool thrift store upcycle ideas!  Today I am showing you one of my favorite ways to decorate with thrift store books.   

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  • 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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Decorate with Thrift Store Books

Do you ever see those piles of old books at thrift stores and wonder what the heck you could do with them?  I love to buy books at thrift stores.   I love to use them as decorative items in my home.  And you can use the book pages to create awesome home decor pieces.  I am going to show you how to decorate with thrift store books.

I love to decorate using thrift store books. See how easy this project was!

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Keep in mind, I am not going to tear book pages out of a book that holds value or is highly sought after.  I think by taking an old book that otherwise would have ended up in a dumpster, I am giving it a new life.

For this project I created some simple book page paper rolls.

I cut the pages out of the book and rolled them up.

I love to decorate using thrift store books. See how easy this project was!

I added a small dab of hot glue to the paper to hold in in place.

Decorate with thrift store books!

I then tied a piece of twine around the book page roll.  I ended up adding them to a large mason jar I had also found at a thrift store.


Decorate with thrift store books!

I love to decorate with thrift store books and this is an easy way to add some unique farmhouse decor to your home for literally almost nothing.


I love to decorate with thrift store books. See how easy it was to make these simple book page rolls!

Don’t the book page rolls look pretty inside the mason jar?





I love to decorate with thrift store books. See how easy it was to make these simple book page rolls!

I think I may make some more to use in other places in my home.    I’ve said it before, I will say it again.  Thrift store upcycle projects do not have to me dramatic, completely life altering projects.  They can be simple, and easy, and quick.  I love working on easy projects that add a lot of impact for a small amount of effort.  Decorating with thrift store books is definitely a great way to do that.



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  1. Great tip! I saw recently where someone had rolled up a bunch and filled a dough bowl. It’s a very versatile, affordable, decorating material 🙂

  2. I’m all about keeping things simple, so this is my kind of project. I agree that not everything has to be complicated to make a statement in home decor.

  3. Sara, this is so my kind of simple project that is super unique! I have so many glass jars laying around, empty, and now I want to fill them with these! So cute!

  4. I also wondered what to do with the books I find at thrift stores, now I have some ideas, thanks for the inspiration! I can also reuse the bazillion jars I have, how cool

  5. This is a wonderful and easy project. I have so many old books lying around and want to add some of the pages in apothecary jars. Thank you for the inspiration.

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