Video: Deconstructing a Hardcover Book


Here's how I take apart a hardcover book for use in craft projects. Generally, a good hardcover is connected to the pages by its endpapers, so you want to cut those off first.

Be careful to leave the gauze underneath intact as much as possible. Then carefully rip off whatever endpapers you can so you'll be able to paste on your own later.

Take some time to take a look at how the pages were bound together for ideas on how you can bind your own book, too.

When it's all taken apart, you'll see that the hardcover is basically just three thick sheets of cardboard held together with a durable fabric glued to the outside. In a later video, I'll show how to add your own pages to a deconstructed hardcover book.

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Daniel Solis
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