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An altered book is a form of mixed media artwork that changes a book from its original form into a different form, altering its appearance and/or meaning.
These web sites provide an introduction to altered books and a treasure trove things to do with old books.
Two excellent titles that included altered book project ideas are EcoBook and The Repurposed Library, both of which are included in the box to the right.
10 Creative Ways to Recycle Old Books
Links to ten ideas for turning old books into something new and useful.
This site is a chronicle of a very specific set of collaborations between the artists listed below working on the titles listed on the site.
Altered Books Gallery
Photos and descriptions of altered book art projects created by artist Karen J. Hatzigeorgiou.
Artist Books 3.0 > Altered Books and Book Sculpture
Facebook group for artists, curators, librarians, students, and researchers interested in artist books and the book arts.
Getting Started with Altered Books and Other Altered Art
Links to specific projects and general resources for making crafts out of old books.
Make a Recycled Book Lamp
Step-by-step instructions for making a desk lamp from recycled books and a lamp kit or recycled lamp parts.
Recycled Hardcover Book Purse
Detailed instructions for making a purse out of an old hardcover book.
The Altered Book: A Cyber Home for the Altered Book Artist
Created by June Campbell, an altered book artist. Includes an FAQ, instructions for making different types of altered book projects, and extensive book and supply lists.
5 DIY Crafts for Used Books
While book donation is always an excellent option for letting those old tomes find a new home (there’s probably a local charity, library, shelter or school that could use them), the cold winter months might give you an itch to craft while you're stuck inside. This photo essay offers five ideas for DIY projects involving old hardcovers and paperbacks.