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Here are some of the best DIY crafts using items that are dirt cheap or free from using coupons. I’ve decorated my house using items like melted crayons, toilet paper rolls, toothpaste containers, dental floss and more!

Thrift Store Books:  Repurpose To Make This Christmas Ornament!

Thrift Store Books: Repurpose To Make This Christmas Ornament!

thrift store books repurposed to make a Christmas Ornament

I am going to show you how to flip thrift store books into a really cute Christmas ornament!

I love flipping items from the thrift store (such as how I redecorated my guest room with thrifted or hand me down furniture). Now I have many ideas on how to use thrift store books to make Christmas ornaments! I love using repurposed materials to give an old object new life!

Do thrift stores have books?

The answer to this is a resounding yes! Whether it’s been a Goodwill, Salvation Army, or just a local thrift shop, I have always seen used books on the shelf!

What books do you find at thrift stores?

You can find all kinds of books at thrift stores!

Especially at a Goodwill near my house, they had every genre of book on their shelves. Fiction, non-fiction, children’s books, religious books, coffee table books, and historic novels were all there!

What is the cheapest place to buy books?

In my personal experience, Goodwill prices tend to range between $0.99 – $2.99. I also visit another local thrift store that carries more children’s books – but they have an ongoing fill a bag of books for $1 deal! If I were you, I would visit a local thrift store before you hit larger thrift store chains.

So now let’s see just one way you could take a cheap thrift store book and turn it into a new Christmas ornament that can stay on your tree for years to come!

materials needed to make a thrift store books Christmas ornament

Materials Needed To Make A Repurposed Thrift Store Book Ornament:

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thrift store books:  Mickey's Christmas Carol used to make a Christmas ornament.

I got my version of Mickey’s Christmas Carol from a local thrift shop. There was a fill a bag for a $1 deal – so I probably spent less than 10 cents on this book!

cut circles out of a thrift store book for a Christmas ornament

To make your ornament, find some text that you can use your small plastic bathroom cup as a round template to draw circles.

glue on paper for thrift store book Christmas ornament

You will need 8 circles for each ornament.

When you have them each cut out, fold them in half. Then glue the outer side.

The start of a thrift store book Christmas ornament.

Attach a second folded circle to the glued side. When it stretches out, it should look like the above image.

You will continue to place glue on the outside of each half circle, and attach an additional half circle onto the ornament. You will do this until all 8 of the cut out circles are glued together in this fashion.

stacked glued paper to make a Christmas ornament out of thrift store books

I believe I have about 6 of the half circles glued together in the above image.

add twine to hang a thrift store book Christmas Ornament.

When all 8 circles have been glued together, it is time to get out your bakers twine and liquid white glue, and glue this in the seam where all 8 circles meet when glued.

Leave enough twine to dangle at least 6″ on one end and a 12″ on the other end.

Adding glitter to thrift store books Christmas ornament

Then it is time to add some glitter glue to the edges of the pages all around the ornament. You may have to do this in sections while you let other sections dry.

I added glitter glue in three different stages and let it dry before I added more to each of the edges.

Use nailpolish for easier bead threading

For easy bead threading, you’ll want to use some nail polish on the ends of the baker’s twine. That way it will be stiff enough for the bead to be threaded on.

adding a bead to ornament

Add just one bead to the 6″ side and tie a knot as close as you can to the bead. Cut off the twine and add some more nail polish to the cut portion of the twine to avoid the ends from coming apart.

*Please note that I had a section of glitter glue that got stuck and came off. I later fixed that and added more glitter glue!

The one bead is now the bottom of the ornament.

For the top of the ornament, add nail polish to the end of the 12″ tail. When that dries, thread on 3 beads.

Then tie a knot as close as you can to the beads to create a loop to hang your ornament.

use thrift store books to repurpose them into an easy DIY Christmas Ornament.

Now you have an ornament that has the text of a Christmas Classic. It will be fun to show this to friends and see if they can figure out which book this ornament came from!

use thrift store books to repurpose them into an easy DIY Christmas Ornament.

What do you flip at thrift stores?

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