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« on: November 27, 2006 11:13:00 AM »

So, saving you guys a long boring story I am going to cut to the chase...I have an entire set of encyclopedias (plus a few random ones) that are probably about 30 years old.  Needless to say they are probably useless by way of research, but always a packrat and crafter there is a little voice in my head that is saying "these would be perfect for a craft!!!" unfortunately that is all the voice is saying.  No words of wisdom telling what kind of project i can use them for.

Does any one have any ideas about what I can do with oh about 20 encyclopedias?!?!  Huh

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« Reply #1 on: November 27, 2006 11:22:57 AM »

I got about 42 I can't get rid of either. I thought about book purses, a shelf, and thats about where I ran out of ideas. I'd like to watch this thread and see if anyone can give us BOTH inspiration. I also have an old set from the 40's but I think those are a collectors item
« Reply #2 on: November 29, 2006 04:10:59 AM »

You could alter them, might take a while to do them all but you could alter a few and turn them into gifts for friends.

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« Reply #3 on: November 29, 2006 06:00:00 AM »

Um? What do you mean by alter? Could you provide a little details please? I am so very interested in this project!
« Reply #4 on: November 29, 2006 06:13:46 AM »

Here's what I thought of:

-books with hidey-holes (someone on craftster turned a book into an ipod holder, it was soooo neato!)
-dolly carrying cases
-blank books
-boxes for crafty supplies

Let us know what you end up using them for, and post piccies!

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« Reply #5 on: November 29, 2006 06:27:43 AM »

There's this little part of my head that screams like banshee at the idea of this, but old encyclopedias are just pages upon pages of wonderful text you can plunder for ATCs, collages, shadowboxes, scrapbooking, etc.

Just cut out the relevant text and use for a background, or cut up into an appropriate shape (say... an entry on Borneo as a background for an orangutang ATC, or cut out a teapot shape from an entry about England).

And if they're illustrated, you've even got a little treasure trove of vintage photos you can use for the same thing.

Now I'm mad at my mom for throwing out our full set of Funk & Wagnalls encyclopedias from the 80s.  Grrr.

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« Reply #6 on: November 29, 2006 06:42:48 AM »

this sounds interesting, i'm anxious to see what you choose to make.

Personally, I've always liked the hole-in-a-book idea, it's neat. With an encyclopedia you could store huge things in there. haha

Some stuff you guys might be interested in trying with all your old books:
how about candelabras??  Drill a hole into the book, big enough for a tea light or small votive candle to sit in. I'm sure you'd have to cover it with something. Could be worth trying

You could turn it into an art piece, i remember seeing somewhere (can't think of it now) the finished product was a book lying open, with all the pages from front cover to back folded in such a way there was an awesome design, i think the pages were glued some how.
I really wish i could find a picture. it was sort of 3D

Also there is another site where they take the original hard covers from old books, and make an entirely new book with new pages inside. It's really neat, they even include some of the original pages.
This way you could recycle the book, and whatever pages you don't use, you could do as Polkaroo suggested and use it for collages.

« Reply #7 on: November 29, 2006 06:49:00 AM »

you could turn them into lamps.
like that.

here they turned an old book into a picture frame:

here they turned one into a purse:


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« Reply #8 on: November 30, 2006 02:55:07 AM »

Bookshelves. Screw metal "L" shelf brackets underneath and to the wall. Its nifty for...books and other interesting displays.

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« Reply #9 on: November 30, 2006 03:02:02 AM »

I remembering seeing a link on a blog long ago (I might e-mail the guys and see if they can send it to me again) where these uni students got a HEAP of books from a library disposal bin and made a bar out of it.. they didn't slice any of the books (except a few on anthropology for the bar bench) and the result was fantastic! AS you clearly don't have a thousand encyclopedias to expend.. how about a bedside table? if you are really nifty you could probably even make a nook for your other things! A coffee table would be really nice in a stack of encyclopedias, and if you wanted to go for the collage/interesting look, you could do the ATC idea and cut random shapes out pertaining to the subject.. and then either glass it over or get some heavy duty gloss. Either way, your taking photos Tongue


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