I received this item free for review. All opinions remain my own.
Like Kim and her Mama, the masterminds behind Trashy Crafter, I am crazy about books. When Kim approached me to review her Recycled Book Bead Bracelets, she immediately piqued my curiosity. I didn’t even know that books could be turned into beads.
Well, they can! And these books have been saved from certain death in cardboard boxes outside of libraries, thrift stores and clearance shelf bins. When I first clicked over to Kim’s Etsy Shop, I thought I’d see beads made of books, sure… but beads made of Books with a capital B: you can choose your jewelry following your literary preferences, which makes these pieces meaningful gifts for those you love and who love books like you do.
It was surprisingly hard for me to choose my set of bracelets: I couldn’t go on looks alone, I wanted to choose the book beads that were the most meaningful to me. I hesitated between some of my son’s favourite titles (Where’s Waldo and If You Give a Mouse a Cookie) but finally I chose beads upcycled from an abandoned copy of JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit. The very first novel I ever read, accompanied by my Dad, was The Hobbit. I grew up with a dog named Frodo… and, my husband’s name is Gandalf.
You might think there’s only so many looks you can achieve with beads made of books. You’d be wrong. Children’s books add splashes of colour, and the choice of recuperated accent beads can change everything.
Kim and her Mom carefully cut, measure and hand cut book pages into long, narrow triangle strips before rolling them onto lollipops and coating them. The book beads themselves are unique, imperfect, but, no pun intended, tell a story!
Kim even reuses her paper to wrap up her creations. I love my little parcel:
Who might want a Trashy Crafter Recycled Book Bead Bracelet? The list is long: English teachers (Pride & Prejudice?!) or Music teachers (made of partitions), librarians, Moms (Guess How Much I Love You), world travelers (made of maps) and home chefs (Joy of Cooking).
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What book would you love to wear?