Hip Tips and Alternate Uses for Books You Hate

none of the following images are my own, and I quote Bob Ross like crazy Do you have too many books cluttering up your shelves? Did re...

none of the following images are my own, and I quote Bob Ross like crazy

Do you have too many books cluttering up your shelves? Did relatives and kind old neighbors gift you with reads you never had any real interest in, and now you can't get it out of your house? Tired of having to play ultimate tetris just to wedge a new book among the rest of your collection? Do you desperately want to get rid of some of these books, but the used bookstore doesn't want them either? Too ashamed to donate them? Feeling crafty? Or just plain vindictive towards the unwanted books that just won't seem to evaporate from your life??

WELL THEN I HAVE THE SOLUTIONS FOR ALL YOUR BOOK LOATHING NEEDS!
ALTERNATE USES FOR THE BOOKS YOU DON'T WANT
re-purpose books you hate

1. toilet paper
What once burned your eyes and chafed your bookshelf aesthetics can now chafe your bum! Just rip the pages out of your least favorite book, tape them together, roll them up and voilĂ ! Home made Charmin.

2. white elephant present
Don't have anything to gift for that White Elephant part? Box up your old books and shove them off on some unsuspecting soul! Now they're somebody else's burden! and it's a gift so they can't give them back!

3. use it to wrap fresh fish!
yyyuuuummm! If you don't like fish, throw the whole kit and caboodle at other people!

4. create a fleet of paper boats!
Or one giant boat! If you go down like the Spanish armada in the English channel, well then you're out of a some crappy books! BUT IF YOU SAIL AS MIGHTILY AS CAPTAIN BLACK BART THEN YOU HAVE A BITCHIN BOAT, MATE! And don't that just put a happy buck in your pocket?

5. paper basketball
Feeling sporty and bored? Pour some wine and invite your friends over for a rousing game of paper basketball! Don’t forget to make all the little paper wads individuals -- all of them special in their own way!

6. make a dress
Turn crap into something totally fab.

7. canvas for your next painting project
Cover up those words real good with coats upon coats of paint, so you never have to see those horribly strung together words never ever again. Fueled by your disdain for this horrible excuse for literature, you too can paint almighty pictures. Find freedom on this canvas.

8. FIRE KINDLING

Are you burdened with crappy books you don't want? Can't seem to get rid of them?
WORRY NO LONGER! FOLLOW MY TIPS AND THOSE PESKY SUCKERS WILL BE GONE IN A JIFFY, THUS FREEING YOUR SHELVES TO FILL WITH MORE DESIRABLE READS! SO KICK UP YOUR FEET AND READ SOME NEW BOOKS BY A NICE COZY FIRE FUELED BY YOUR NASTY OLD READS!

Shake off the excess, and just beat the devil out of it. That's the fun part of this whole thing.

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  1. Haha SJ, you are too cruel! It was torturous to get through this list! XD

    But boy, I do have a couple of books that I did not enjoy and having been meaning to get rid of. But it's oh so hard to get rid of books regardless of whether I enjoyed them or not! Hoarder problems? EEEEK.

    The painting project one seems the least painful so maybe... ;)

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    1. 90% of my Hip Tips posts are completely sarcastic xD but in all seriousness- doodling art in books is kind of an obsession of mine. I think it looks so beautiful. BUT ALSO BOOK HOARDER PROBLEMS??? NAH! Not a thing! You're just a dragon with books for treasure, and no dragon wants to part with treasure!
      Thank you for commenting, Nuzaifa! :D

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  2. Look up "altered books." they work better if they're hardback, but you can take books you despise and chop them up, paint them, paste new things in them, draw, add quotes, collage whole new scenes, add matchbox drawers, envelopes, create pop up books.....I love doing this stuff. it's beautiful. I even managed to blog about it once. and you know how often I blog. (never.)

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    1. Altered books are so neat (I just love Book art in general a;dfj ♥♥) That's cool you blogged about it! I'd love to see that post ^_^ One time I painted water color flowers into an old copy of The Scarlet Pimpernel hehe that was fun. But anyways, thank you for commenting!

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    2. since you asked.., http://artist17b.blogspot.com/2013/10/what-aerin-does-at-art-class.html?m=1

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    1. 90% of this was totally sarcastic tho xD i mostly donate everything

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    2. Oh, don't worry - I definitely caught the sarcasm. :-)

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  4. Oh my gosh haha, I almost cried seeing this list!
    I don't have any books that I completely hate per se, but if I did...I would love to do some of these! I mean, that paper dress just looked stunning... Loved this list, SJ!
    Geraldine @ Corralling Books

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    1. haha thank you, Geraldine! :D This post was sarcastic, but in all seriousness that dress was awesome. I love that kind of stuff ^_^

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