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« on: September 19, 2011 12:39:21 PM »


I recently cleaned up our bookshelf and decided to remove the French books, since we do not live in France anymore, and my kids will not use those books for Dutch school.

I have 30 of them, they are 18 cm height and 11cm width. Some of them have black and white illustrations, they are no fancy books, except the fact that they all are classics of French literature. They were mine when I was in high school in Paris, most of the covers are damaged, due to the pocket format, they were always in my pocket!

But in France there is a saying that : "You do not throw a book in the trash".
And I kind of agree with that, so I was wondering if anyone can tell me "what the heck can I do with this"!?
« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2011 10:38:22 AM »

Well, you could do several things.  You could rebind them and donate them to a library or school or something of the sort.  You could cut quotes from it and make a collage with poster board and a frame or two to hang on the wall.  You could make a book wreath like someone did recently (Cut the book up, glue it to a ring shaped something, add whatever and done!)  You could probably do something neat with hanging them if your kids are younger.  All kinds of things, really.

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« Reply #2 on: October 01, 2011 02:37:43 PM »

use the pages to decoupage something? i bet people would swap for them.
« Reply #3 on: October 06, 2011 05:36:35 AM »

I can't donate them here in the Nederlands, no one want to read those classical French books, my children's school neither.
I like all your ideas.
I'm willing to swap them (the books), so if anyone is interested, contact me!
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« Reply #4 on: October 08, 2011 01:43:22 PM »

I take it they are all soft covers?  If they are thick, you can make book boxes from them, to hide things away with.  If they have hard covers, you can take the pages out and turn the covers into purses.  You can take the black and white illustrations and use them to make other papercrafts with - use them as the base for mixed media art, or to make folded ornaments with, or even jewelry.

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