From Book to Faux Capiz Mobile

Erin at Sugar Crumbs loves the look of fancy capiz chandeliers, but not the price tag. So after a bit of Pinspiration, she got crafty! Erin used an old yard sale book to create her own fabulous paper mobile.



First she used a hole punch to cut out “a million circles” from the pages of her book, then she sewed “a bajillion” strands of two different lengths. Although it took a while, Erin says the sewing “sounds way more daunting than it actually is.” A wire wreath form served as the base for hot-gluing all the strands.  She doesn’t have a ceiling light in her bedroom, so her new “faux chandelier” creates the perfect bit of drama!


For more information and tutorials, head over to Sugar Crumbs!

Paper Bead Bracelet

If you’ve never dabbled in paper bead making, it’s a great way to upcycle paper into stylish pieces of jewelry. Here’s a project featured by Mark Montano that turns book pages into a super cool chunky bracelet.

paper bead bracelet materials

Isn’t this bracelet so fun? I love the bright colors and use of text in the design. Paper bead making is one of those things that really hooks you once you get started. What’s not to love about designing and making your own jewelry pieces with barely any cost?

paper bead bracelet

Find it over at Mark Montano.

Book Wall Shelves

I love this “clever new use for old books” that was featured on Real Simple. Old books, like the ones pictured, often have really neat designs on the spines and are perfect for turning into colorful and decorative shelves.

old books to shelves

The books simply slide between two large brackets on the bottom and a small one on top to create the shelf. This is awesome because it doesn’t cause any damage to the books. While these shelves won’t support a lot of weight, they make for a pretty cool display with just a trinket or two.

old books to shelves 2

Find the tutorial at Real Simple.