Recycled book garland

Our ‘Tawny Scrawy Lion‘ book fell apart (with a little help from a two year old)! It’s one of my absolute favorite kids books and the illustrations by Gustaf Tenggren are just wonderful.

I turned it into a garland to hang in our house. Even though it was in a sorry state I still felt bad about chopping it up!

It does look pretty cute though? I think it would look fabulous in a nursery or kids bedroom…especially if you are going for the retro look.

I’m going to hit the charity shops this week in the hunt for some more raggedy copies. You can read more about Tenggren’s amazing illustrative work here.

23 thoughts on “Recycled book garland

  1. I LOVE garlands, especially ones from recycled paper, and I love to cut up my kiddos’ beat-up books and craft with them–this project is the perfect mesh of destructive/productive.

  2. What a great idea. I have been holding on to the many book covers that come with most hardcover books, trying to figure out what I can make with them. I think this is a great idea. I can also use the DVD slip covers.

    Thanks for the idea.

  3. Can I ask, do you back them with some thing to make them last? I just know that it would risk becoming a cat toy in our house if it wasn’t sturdy!

  4. Hi Kelly…I didn’t but it would be easy enough to cut out two shapes and sandwich some cardboard in between IYKWIM? You could also make it so the garland is horizontal not vertical and tack it to the ceiling….

  5. Another great idea. And I loved that Tawny lion so. What a sweetheart.

    This would be a great idea for a window display…I could see a dozen of these, all different boks and characters, hanging down in the window of a children’s shop…or a library….or heck, maybe in my own window!

  6. Thanks you lot….erinmalia, your garland is ace….so funny cos i was deliberating between the tawny scrawny lion and a dr seuss book of ours that has seen better days. Love it anyway…wonderful gift for your son.

  7. Hi Kate! I am a children’s librarian and would love to use this idea in our library! What did you back it with? We noticed something on the underside but couldn’t figure out what it was. Also, what purpose does the zig zag sewing pattern serve or is it just decorative?


    1. Hi Kelli. Sorry it’s taken a few days to get back to you. Anyway in answer to your questions: I didn’t back the paper with anything and the zig-zags were purely decorative.

      Good luck with your garland. Send me some pictures once you have finished. BTW I have also seen some triangular bunting made from old books….really nice too & very easy.

  8. The Tawny Scrawny Lion is still one of my favourite books!
    There are a bunch of fabrics based on the book and a fabric book panel that have just been released to fabric shops recently.

  9. I have been holding onto the pages of a Richard Scarry book that my kids loved to death at least 2 years ago. Now I know exactly what to do with it! Love this! Thank you.

    (Now, should I cut apart the intact vintage little golden books we have on our shelf and never read…)

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