What To Do With Your Old Phone Books {A Crafty Tip!}

Does anyone use a phone book anymore? I can’t remember the last time I thought to flip through these pages before I googled. Somehow these keep magically appearing at my doorstep, and for some reason, I can’t just toss them in the trash. (Maybe because I want to save one so that I can one day explain to my children what a phone book is/was?) Regardless, here’s a simple and crafty use for these artifacts.

I keep mine within reach whenever I’m doing a small scale stamping, painting, glueing, glittering project. (Scrapbookers? Where are you?) I simply flip to a page, place my papers on a page, and get started. If some paint finds its way off my brush and on the yellow pages, that’s ok! If my stamp is too big for my paper and extends onto the ads below, that’s ok, too! And if my adhesive runner leaves a trail of stick behind, it’s not a problem. When I can’t find clean space on my page, I just flip to the next and start all over again!

So simple, right? And a lot better than tossing this tome into the trash!


Nikki, In Stitches

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20 Responses to What To Do With Your Old Phone Books {A Crafty Tip!}

  1. Great idea and will save me on wax paper!

  2. What a great idea!! I usually use some craft paper I have hanging around. Thanks Nikki for this new idea! Have a GREAT day!!

  3. Dorangela says:

    Youre so clever!!

  4. Yes finally a purpose for those yellow pages books that have been collecting dust in a corner of my house somewhere! Thanks for the tip!

  5. Amy B says:

    Wow! Awesome idea and yet so simple! Thank you for thinking outside of the box! LOVE IT!

  6. such a smart idea. now i wish i would have kept mine around!

  7. Nikki says:

    Thanks everyone for your comments! Some people are saying they haven’t even seen a phone book in years…why do they keep randomly appearing at my doorstep? 😉
    So happy all of you like my tip!

  8. Such an awesome, clever, and great idea! Now I need to see if I can get my hands on one!

  9. Stephanie says:

    Love this idea…I hate throwing them away too!

  10. Arlene says:

    Great idea. I just toss mine into the paper recycle bin, but now I’ll keep one in my craft closet, too.

  11. Becky says:

    Cute idea! We still get these too!

  12. Very clever idea. I have glue marks on my table through not using your great idea!

  13. Great idea~ we all must go through so much paper. I’m going to use it. Thanks Nikki

  14. Carrie says:

    That. Is. Brilliant. I’ve wasted way too much freezer paper on doing just that, phone books would be wayyyyyy better.

  15. Nikki says:

    Yay!! I love that we are all now on the hunt for old phone books! I’m so happy all of you like this idea!
    Thanks so much for all of your sweet words!

  16. Lynda says:

    Nikki, I keep forgetting to use my phone book for this. Thanks for the reminder.

    And yes, I still use mine. I did yesterday and it’s right here by my computer!! But I have some old ones I can use.


    • Nikki says:

      Lynda! My pleasure!
      You may not want to post here that you have a few extra phone books…apparently a lot of crafters are on the hunt for them! 😉

  17. I just received a new phone book this week. I said to my husband I wonder when these will become obsolete? I have 2 books that I tossed into the recycle bin, maybe I will pull one out and keep it handy in my craft room! Thanks!

    • Nikki says:

      My pleasure!
      It always makes me laugh when a new one arrives at my doorstep. They have to realize people don’t use them anymore, right?? 😉

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