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Upcycle Old Books Into DIY Journals

Take your old books and transform them into something new by giving them new life as DIY journals.


  • old books
  • craft paper
  • glue or double-sided tape


  • Measure your book pages. Then cut your paper to be ½" smaller both width-wise and length-wise.
  • Add glue or double-sided tape to the back of your paper.
  • Place your paper (with the adhesive side down) carefully over the wording in your book. Smooth out the page.
  • Repeat the process as many times as you like until your DIY journal turns out the way you want it.
  • (optional) Create a cover for your journal.


Because you're adding more paper to your book, it will probably start to become quite thick. I just randomly tear out pages to help balance everything out.