Five Ways To Upcycle Colouring Books

I'm loving the current adult colouring trend... but once I'm done a page, I kinda think to myself now what? I'm not likely to display my colouring on the fridge and leaving it to gather dust on a shelf seems a bit of a waste, so I decide to dream up some different ways to use completed colouring pages for even more creative enjoyment.

Here are five ways to transform your finished colouring books:

Upcycled Wrapping

Make Wrapping Paper 
Have a colouring book with thinner pages? Use your completed pages to wrap small gifts - one of a kind gift wrap in your favourite colours. Top with twine or ribbon or keep the upcycling trend going and use up scraps of yarn or fabric in place of ribbon.

Make Gift Tags 
This is actually the project that got me thinking about crafting with colouring books. I was wrapping up some books to send out to giveaway winners and friends and wanted to add a finishing touch that tied into the books. Eureka - tags made from colouring book pages!

When making tags, try to use to use thicker pages and avoid ones where markers have bled through. Simply cut your page into a standard tag shape and punch a hole. Easy!

Upcycled Celebrations

Make Confetti
Use paper punches to create colouring book confetti. Sprinkle your custom confetti on party tables, add to gifts or slide into outgoing snail mail.

Everyone loves confetti! (Though no one likes cleaning it up...)

Make A Garland
Punch circles or other desired shapes from the colouring book page. Cut a length of twine or string. Apply glue to the blank sides of two circles and stick together with the twine sandwiched in between. Continue until your garland is as long as you'd like.

Upcycled Art

Make Collages
Create cut paper collages using colouring book pages. Cut a variety of shapes out of your finished pages and assemble into new pictures. Try mixing pages from different books together or add drawn or painted elements.

In case you're wondering, here are the colouring books I used in these projects. Joyful Designs by Joy Ting - perfect when you're in the mood for florals. Colour Me Calm by Lacy Mucklow and Angela Porter - full of mandalas and other relaxing scenes. Carnival by Sarah Walsh - quirky scenes and a festive fun!

Happy crafting!

Would you try any of these projects to give your finished colouring pages a new life? 
Do you have any other project ideas using colouring books?