Upcycle Book Paper Crafts for the Holidays

With the holidays just around the corner, we would like to share some ways to “upcycle” your old books (though in our hearts we want every book to live forever). And what better way to celebrate your old and beloved books than to reuse, regift and recycle them in new ways. From decorative wreaths to Christmas trees, here are several creative ways to turn the page and give a new life to your old books.

1 tree / 2 rose / 3 wreath / 4 stacked tree / 5 garland / 6 table runner


We would love to see how you reuse your old books – tweet us or a picture or tag us on Instagram. Also, make sure to check out these books for more upcycling inspiration. — Stephanie

Stephanie is Art Director at Half Price Books Corporate
You can follow her on Twitter at @saltpepperpress

A Spec-CRAFT-ular DIY Halloween How-To

I might have mentioned before that I am a late-night quirky crafter. Think Amy Sedaris without the fame and fortune.

The fall season, specifically Halloween, has become quite the merry ol’ time for us pro-craft-inators. There are many, many guides to support our habit when creativity stumps you and they are most amply available at good ol’ HPB for cheaps!

But, one of my favorite past times is to dig in the old craft-drawer and develop a something-from-nothing quirky project all by myself. I present to you, my Paper-Maché Wine Toppers…just in time for the spooky season:

Supplies needed:

  • Old newspapers
  • School glue (All-purpose, white glue-all)
  • Paint brushes
  • Assorted paint colors
  • A couple of latex party balloons left over from someone’s birthday or that last summer water balloon fight
  • Random plastic containers (I like cottage cheese containers best!)

  1. Water down the glue a little in the cottage cheese container (make sure you washed it out!)
  2. Douse your strips of newspaper
  3. Here’s the fun part: blow up the balloons to about 6 in or so in diameter, try to avoid the impulse to throw a party.
  4. Coat your balloons in the soggy/gluey newspaper, leave the bottom portion un-papered so you can get the balloon out and use them as a proper-topper (I’m a poet and didn’t know it)
  5. You can go to sleep now; the paper needs to dry
  6. When you wake up you will have two crusty-paper coated balloons waiting for you!
  7. Paint the balloons as much or as little as you want and let the paint dry
  8. Here is the next fun part! Pop the balloons and enjoy your new craft!
  9. TA DA!

Notice how these Zombie and Alien paper-maché wine toppers hide the fact I am serving my guests extremely cheap wine! They won’t know until they have a headache in the morning!

Dream up a quirky craft of your own this fall-season! Tell me about it below and I will try it out, the fewer instructions you give, the more fun I’ll have!

Enjoy fall, y’all! — Becky

Becky is Marketing Communications Manager at Half Price Books Corporate.
You can follow her on Twitter at @Bexican75.

6 Ways to “Replay” Your Old Records

Sunday is Vinyl Record Appreciation Day (according to the Chase’s Calendar, our official source for holidays and birthdays). Where do we even begin talking about the greatness of vinyl records?! And what better way to celebrate Vinyl Record Day than to talk about some great ways to recycle your beloved but (sadly) unplayable records. From decorative bowls to wearable bracelets, here are several creative ways to replay (repurpose) your scratched records.

1 bowl / 2 wine rack / 3 coasters / 4 wall clock / 5 bookends / 6 bracelet

We would love to see how you replay your old records– tweet us a picture of your vinyl revamp using the #hpblab hashtag!

— Stephanie