Thrifty Thursdays

thrifty thursdays

I love books. Big, old books that have that  old book smell to them. Any time I’m at a flea market, swap meet, thrift store or yard sale, I always go for the books. Not just any ol paperback, but the old books, with the hard covers. I always image a million things I can do with them, but they usually end up on the bookshelf, rarely touched. In fact, the only hard cover books I read are generally cookbooks. I was cruising Pinterest the other day, and found some pretty neat crafts you can do to reuse books, and I thought I would share!

The first three I found through Saved by Love Creations. She shared over 50 different tutorials, and I picked a few of my favorite. Her site is also a really good resource if you want to find creative ways to reuse discarded items.

Photo belongs to The Gilded Bee

Photo belongs to The Gilded Bee

Vintage book cover postcards from The Gilded Bee – Sasha used old book covers to create postcards and shared her process on her blog. As a crafter and collector, she also has an Etsy shop where she sells floral arrangements made out of paper. How neat!

Image belongs to Hello, ReFabulous

Image belongs to Hello, ReFabulous

Make your own paperback wallet from Hello, ReFabulous – I got this tutorial from another awesome site, Craftster. Since Craftster is a wonderful crafting community, it’s always good to click on the contributor’s website link. More likely than not, that person will share other awesome tutorials, and it’s good to see the crafter behind the craft! Don’t you think? I digress. Connie shares a step-by-step tutorial on her blog, complete with photos of her process. As a mother of nine, I have no idea how she has time to craft since I can barely find time with one baby, but I’m grateful that she does!

Image belongs to Ruffles and Stuff

Image belongs to Ruffles and Stuff

Book Art from Ruffles and Stuff – Disney (the creator of the blog and tutorial, not the cartoon giant) got her inspiration for this project from an Etsy store, Collage-O-Rama, and decided to make her own book art. We all see items we love on Etsy, but when you are strapped for cash, sometimes you just need to make your own. Collage-O-Rama is definitely worth checking out. So much rad stuff on there! Ruffles and Stuff is also good to check out, even if you don’t want to make book art. She has so many tutorials, they have categories: Ladies, Kids and Home.

Image belongs to Design*Sponge

Image belongs to Design*Sponge

Book Page Fabric from Design*Sponge – Everyone knows how much I love this site. This happens to be just one of the very, very many tutorials that Contributor Brenna from paper & ink shares with us. You can visit her page for more awesome tutorials, and if you are into paper crafting, some very beautiful eye candy.

Image belongs to Rook No. 17

Image belongs to Rook No. 17

Upcycled Book Journal from Rook. No. 17 – Jenn not only shares a step-by-step tutorial, including the amount of time it will take (which is good when time is always of the essence), but also the specific names of all the tools she uses. She spent about $5.50 per journal, which is awesome. This would be the perfect way to jot down all of my creative/crafty ideas and document my creative business journey. Wonderful!

I hope this inspires you to either make something from your vintage hard-cover books, or to go out and get some books and get to work! If you happen to find first-edition books, always make sure to check online for the worth. A collector may love you forever if you post the book online for them to purchase. And if you do go for cookbooks, make sure you don’t want the recipes, or jot them down to save somewhere!

Have a fun book craft idea you want to share? Post in the comments and on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter with the hashtag #bookcrafts. You can always get more thrifty inspiration on my Pinterest! Stay thrifty, my friends.

Thrifty Thursdays

thrifty thursdays

Wallets! I love wallets. They can literally hold your entire life in just one pouch, which might be why they can be so dang expensive when you need a new one! I’ve been using my grandma’s old wallet for a long time, but I think it’s more intended for people who have money, and cards to use. And frankly, I don’t have any of that!

So, I was looking into getting something a little smaller that doesn’t take a whole lot of space. And since my daughter’s diaper backpack is doing double-duty as my purse, I want to be able to hold all my stuff in one pocket if need be. So, I looked up how to make your own wallet, and there are some pretty cool ideas out there!

Image belongs to Imagine Fabric

Image belongs to Imagine Fabric

How to Sew a Wristlet, by Imagine Fabric: Appropriately named, Imagine Fabric is an online fabric store that also offers tutorials on how to make items by hand. This wristlet tutorial is very detailed, and has pictures for every step, which I love and need. And their fabric is super cute too! Both are worth checking out.

Image belongs to Noodlehead

Image belongs to Noodlehead

Zippy Wallet Tutorial from Noodlehead: I found this cool tutorial from another awesome site, How About Orange, which I found on Pinterest. Did I mention how much I love Pinterest? This is another detailed tutorial, with pictures for each step. You have no idea how many tutorials I come across with no pictures. I NEED PICTURES! She also has tutorials for diaper pouches and other fun stuff, it’s totally cute.

Patchwork-y Bifold Wallet Tutorial

Image belongs to All wrapped up

Patchwork-y Bifold Wallet Tutorial from All wrapped up: Mel, who runs this blog, lives in Melbourne, Australia and is a fourth year medical student! Maybe that’s why her tutorial was so detailed and awesome! She has a lot of different craft tutorials on her blog, and she also has an account at Cut Out & Keep, another awesome resource if you haven’t checked it out yet.

I hope you have enjoyed these wallet tutorials and that you check out all of the blogs I linked. They are definitely worth it. I can already see my mom cringing at the thought of having to do another project that I get frustrated at and give up. But  hopefully that won’t happen…again! I’m working at clearing out the craft side of the room so it can be more reserved for my daughter and less for crafts! So hopefully I’ll be posting some new projects soon. Hopefully.

Please feel free to share any DIY wallet ideas in the comments here or on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #diywallet. And check out my Pinterest for more DIY wallet tutorials!