Reusing old Yellow Pages / Phonebooks

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I have so far 2 yellow pages and 2 phonebooks, they are updated every year or two. Most of them are made with recycled paper already, and many times they offer to recycle them or you just have to deliver them to a paper recycling bank.

Yellow Pages opt out recommends:

  • Check your local phone book for recycling information, usually in the front or back
  • If curbside recycling is offered in your community, you will likely have the ability to recycle Yellow Pages directories by putting them in your curbside bin
  • If curbside recycling is not an option, visit your county’s solid waste department’s Web site for recycling information
  • Contact your local Yellow Pages publisher for phone book recycling drop-off locations

If you, on the other hand, have one or two (maybe more) but want a creative way to reuse them, then continue reading and find some ideas:

Business Card Holder From Old Yellow Pages
Window Wipes: The pages are perfect for cleaning windows with a simple mixture of vinegar and water.
Wax Paper Substitute: Separate baked goods or freezer items by placing a sheet in between them.
Phone Book Step Aerobics – It might sound comical, but if you have more than one old phone book in the cabinet, get a workout by stacking and stepping.
Mulch – Shred a few pages at a time; the shredded paper blocks weeds and they’re biodegradable.
Packaging Filler – Shipping something fragile? Stuff the box with phone book pages.
Phone Book Centerpiece
Phone Book Pumpkins
Phone Book Pencil Holder
Reuse Design Challenge: Transform a Phone Book (wreath)
Coasters out of old phonebooks / yellow pages
How to Make Paper Beads by Mzuribeads
Artichoke Phone Book Pendant Paper Lantern {Etsy}
Seed Pots (using newspaper or phone books)
Make A DIY Gift Bow From Newspaper or old Phone Book
DIY paper roses
Paper leaves
Phone Book Word Art
Pringles Tube and Paper to Rotatable Layered Storage Box tutorial
Fire starter. Like newspaper, you can use the phone book to start fires in the fireplace or a grill.
Use As A Cutting Mat. If you are doing projects with a lot of cutting, the phone book makes a good mat to absorb the extra cuts.
Homemade Firewood: How to Make Logs from Newspaper or Phone Book
Kindergarden GREEN Trees, using paper scraps left over from other art projects and pages from the phone book

Art inspiration:

Hive • Altered telephone books by Kristiina Lahde
Reuse of Books
Incredible 3D Phone Book Art by Alex Queral
UNUSUAL evening GOWN crochet from PAPER yarn by purldesign {Etsy}
Paper Dress by Jolis Paons
Telephone Book Bag by UrthBags
Drawings on Old Telephone Books by Gustavo Rinaldi
Phonebook Furniture by 6R: Phone Book Redux
This pavilion is an experiment in building with ambient material: in this case, surplus phone books. By Richard Kroeker Design

More uses (without pictures)
• 27 Frugal Uses for a Dead Phone Book on getrichslowly . org
• 15 Ways To Use Old Phone Books In The Garden
• Uses for Old Phone Books

some funny uses:


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