So here is my latest idea. Use old hardcover books to create a centerpiece for a wedding table. Perhaps the same idea could be used for a tea with the ladies or even a girls birthday party. This was my first rough draft using thrift store lace & flowers, yard sale beads and some card stock paper. I threw in part of an old bracelet for a little punch.
Of course you can decorate this with all sorts of colors, or themes but I thought it would be quite unique. For stability I used an old hair crimper to bulk up the books pages to ensure it remains open and standing no matter what impact might befall the table.
I cut the book with a jigsaw. My hope is to find a cheap scroll saw on Craigslist. This will give me the options to try some other ideas I have for these poor dead trees.
I trimmed the lace back. Next time I think I will wrap it instead.
I found that the best way to add bulk and keep a nice appearance what to crimp at the lower end of one page of the skirt and the upper end of the next page. It was faster than trying to crimp everything and leaving part of each page straight kept the crimping from gathering together.
If anyone has theme suggestions, or if you create your own, please share here. New ideas are always welcome.