I love this book! As someone who can look at virtually any bit of this or that and find value (or at least an attribute that would make it a good crafting material) Eco Books: Inventive Projects from the Recycling Bin is packed full of innovative designs and interesting construction methods for all sorts of books. There are a bunch of great tutorials showing how to incorporate traditional stitching and binding techniques with wild and crazy-cool ideas for using them with unconventional materials. I point out the egg carton book featured on the cover! Lark Books, the fabulous publisher of this book has offered you readers of Recycled Craft Gossip the chance to WIN a copy of  Eco Books: Inventive Projects from the Recycling Bin. Just leave a comment in today’s post by Midnight ET Wednesday November 10th and you are in the running!

And if you want to see a project I made inspired by the book pop on over here for a mini notebook petal bracelet tutorial.

More about the book from Lark Books:

Eco Books: Inventive Projects from the Recycling Bin


Terry Taylor

Here are projects for the “pages”: 40 innovative book-making ideas using recycled and green materials! More than just earth-friendly, they’re also beautiful, clever, and witty, stitched with traditional binding techniques.  Egg cartons, wood, beer cans, and cassette tapes morph into covers, while brown bags, coffee filters, and discarded newspapers are transformed into pages. Create a boxed set of cereal box books, an exposed stitch sketchbook out of cardboard and remnants, and even a faux leather journal made from teabags.

In addition to how-to drawings, close-up detail photographs, and simple stitch diagrams, a gallery of eco-books from an international roster of artists provides inspiration.”

By Stefanie Girard


58 Comments so far

  1. Jenny B on November 3, 2010 2:03 pm

    This looks like a fantastic book :) Count me in!!

  2. Shari on November 3, 2010 2:40 pm

    Off to add this to my Amazon wish list!

  3. Mamata on November 3, 2010 2:48 pm

    super cool book!!

  4. Papgena on November 3, 2010 3:11 pm

    Seems a fun and useful book to have! Pick me!!

  5. Alicia on November 3, 2010 3:32 pm

    Wow! I could have never thought of using the egg cartons!. I can imagine using many other materials as well, but have no clue on how to bind them together…yet! I definitely need to read Terry´s book :D

  6. Dale Anne Potter on November 3, 2010 4:19 pm

    I LOVE recycling, so this looks like a FABULOUS to have in my collection.

  7. Jenn Shock on November 3, 2010 4:23 pm

    After taking a bookmaking class at school, I am hooked! I’d love this book :)

  8. Barbara on November 3, 2010 4:24 pm

    I love making books with recycled materials. THis would be a great resource.

  9. Meredith on November 3, 2010 4:53 pm

    I love recycling things to make crafts! Hope I win this one!

  10. Knititall on November 3, 2010 5:19 pm

    That book looks fantastic and inspiring! I’d love it for cool new ideas.

  11. Sally on November 3, 2010 5:20 pm

    This book looks like it’s full of great ideas. What fun!

  12. Munch on November 3, 2010 7:07 pm

    Looks great, I’d love to win.

  13. Kat on November 3, 2010 7:33 pm

    I’m very keen on recycled crafting. Thanks for sharing this link.

  14. Amy on November 3, 2010 7:51 pm

    Oh, this looks great! Thanks for the chance to win!

  15. Missy on November 3, 2010 7:57 pm

    This book looks fantastic! I hope I win, and/or can convince my local library to get a copy!

  16. Zsasha on November 3, 2010 9:05 pm

    This looks absolutely amazing!

  17. Sho on November 3, 2010 10:00 pm

    What an awesome book! I’m always looking for great crafts using handy materials!

    Thank you for the opportunity to win!

  18. Mindy Shuman on November 4, 2010 12:16 am

    I’ve always wanted to make my own books. I woul love a copy of this one.

  19. Mirthful on November 4, 2010 1:24 am

    I’d love a copy!

  20. Jeanne Clarke on November 4, 2010 4:09 am

    I am the local recycling queen- but I need even more ideas. Selecy me- PLEASE

  21. Rebmara on November 4, 2010 4:58 am

    This looks great!

  22. sara howard on November 4, 2010 5:24 am

    I am making a journal for my aunt and am always looking for a way to make it more unique. This book would really put me on the correct path for that. Thanks for another awesome giveaway.

  23. Karin on November 4, 2010 5:28 am

    This book would help me so much, we could even use it with our kids crafting group to make them more aware of what they are trowing away ;) I hope more people are going to write about recycling our garbage

  24. Deanna T. on November 4, 2010 5:33 am

    What an interesting book! Thanks for the chance to win.

  25. Michele on November 4, 2010 6:07 am

    Bunches of great recycling ideas all in one book – great idea. Pick me. LOL

  26. Megan on November 4, 2010 6:17 am

    What an awesome book! I’m constantly saying “don’t throw that out – I can make something!”

  27. Lynne on November 4, 2010 6:22 am

    Looks great! I’d love to try some of the projects with the kids. Thanks for the giveaway!

  28. Jennifer N. on November 4, 2010 6:39 am

    I love crafting and recycling. This book sounds right up my alley!

  29. Susan Spiers on November 4, 2010 6:45 am

    What fabulous ideas! Just when you thought there were no more ideas left!

  30. BrendaLea on November 4, 2010 7:17 am

    Looks like an awesome book and I would love to win it. Your die cut leaf bracelet is a great way to use the extras and to have handy that bit of paper you need to jot something down on.

  31. Ellen on November 4, 2010 8:04 am

    I drive my family crazy with the recycling so this book would come in handy indeed!!

  32. Lorie on November 4, 2010 9:08 am

    I would love to win! I’m trying to be more eco-friendly and this would really help. It might also give me some ideas to use with my students.

  33. Sara Lynott on November 4, 2010 9:33 am

    This book looks great. I created an art book in college and I really miss the creativity of it.

  34. Alexandra on November 4, 2010 10:08 am

    I love the idea of simultaneously saving the earth and being creative!

  35. Jingle on November 4, 2010 11:35 am

    This sounds like a great book!

  36. Sally O on November 4, 2010 12:01 pm

    What great ideas, hope I win!

  37. Penny on November 4, 2010 12:26 pm

    I would love to have this book! Thanks for the chance to win.

  38. Tabitha on November 4, 2010 12:31 pm

    This book looks like so much fun!!!

  39. Paula Wirfel on November 4, 2010 1:27 pm

    I always enjoy learning new crafts. This sounds like it would be a fun and interesting craft to learn. Really neat book!

  40. KarenStalker on November 4, 2010 3:46 pm

    I LOVE THE BOOK WITH THE CASSETTE COVERS!! As a “hoarder” (to quote my husband) I am sure that I would have plenty of bits lying around the house to help me create some fantastic recycled books. If I’m not lucky enough to be a winner, I am hoping that Father Christmas will take notice that this book will be at the top of my Christmas list.
    Thanks for the opportunity to win such a fantastic prize.

  41. Lyn Lewis on November 4, 2010 4:56 pm

    Oh yes please, drop my name in the draw hat! What a fun sounding book lol
    Thankyou for the chance to enter too!

  42. Ricki Duke on November 4, 2010 6:57 pm

    Love to recycle. Make something new out of something old! Love to wind the book.

  43. Jayne on November 4, 2010 9:00 pm

    Would love to own a copy of this book!

  44. Ellen Lai on November 4, 2010 10:07 pm

    Love to try the ideas in the book, hope I would win!

  45. Karen on November 5, 2010 3:41 am

    Looks interesting, I am all for recycling and making things out of things that already exist.

  46. Abbi on November 5, 2010 10:41 am

    This book looks like lots of fun! We are very heavy do it yourself recyclers at our house but I haven’t done much in the way of making books.

  47. Ann Mari on November 6, 2010 9:19 am

    This sounds like an amazing book!

  48. Ann Marie on November 6, 2010 9:38 am

    oops, typed my name wrong! It’s Ann Marie

  49. Jaylene on November 6, 2010 12:12 pm

    In this day and age the way prices are this book is a great thing it will save so much money and also help save so many things going to the landfills. Thank You

  50. Jan P on November 6, 2010 4:47 pm

    I’m always looking for creative recycling projects and think this book would be a great help.

  51. Hayley on November 6, 2010 10:34 pm

    Looks great, things Ive never even thought of!

  52. Charlene Anderson on November 7, 2010 8:50 am

    Great idea here. Would love to win the book!

  53. Traci on November 7, 2010 8:27 pm

    What a cool book! I love re-using “junk” to make cool things!

  54. Cassandra G. on November 9, 2010 5:26 pm

    This book looks amazing!!

  55. rosy on November 9, 2010 10:30 pm

    i love it! i am getting ready for the holidays and think this is the best idea.

  56. Sarah on November 10, 2010 7:52 am

    This is exactly my kind of book. Thanks for the giveaway!

  57. Grace X. on November 15, 2010 9:52 pm

    Wow, that book looks amazing!

  58. Tracey on March 20, 2014 10:12 am

    I save everything because surely I can make something out of it!

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