The Trashy Crafter – Recycled Book Bead Jewelry

I love when I find something totally fun and book related.  I was contacted by etsy seller Kim Franklin recently and asked if I wanted to review her recycled book bead jewelry.

Kim is a recycled crafter from San Diego. She takes damaged and outdated library books and recycles them into jewelry, paper book bead bracelets, earrings and necklaces.

She has been crafting since childhood. It was her third grade teacher that taught her how to make paper beads. Later when she saw so many beautiful children’s books being thrown out because they were scribbled in, ripped or outdated she had to save them. Kim and her mom have been hand cutting; rolling and creating recycled book page beads for the past 5 years now. Her book bead jewelry is meaningful, unique and is truly something special.


My daughter and I took a look at her beautiful bracelets and chose one.



Isn’t this beautiful!  My daughter and I both love it.  I love that this was made from old maps.  It really is a gorgeous piece of jewelry.




Since receiving this in the mail my girls have figured how to make book beads.  I love that this inspired them to learn something new.

Kim creates bracelets in all different colors from maps, sheet music, comic books, childrens books & novels.  It was really hard to pick just one because I loved so many of the items she has created.  In addition to bracelets she makes earrings, necklaces and lanyards.


If you are looking for a unique Christmas gift idea for a book lover.  Take a few minutes to check out her site:



About Kim – The Trashy Crafter

My two passions in life are art and the environment. My favorite hang outs are dumpsters, thrift stores and yard sales. I LOVE finding old items that others claim are “trash”, I then take their so called “trash” and turn it into something fresh functional and upcycled.

My life goal is to inspire others to do what they love, because I believe for the world to be a better place we should all live my example, as Ghandi says…..

” Be the Change YOU Wish to See In The World”…. I want to be the change, I want to reuse trash and redefine “trash” one craft at a time… and also show people that they can make a living off of what they love.


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  1. I love this jewelry, it’s so pretty and fun!

  2. What a great idea. I’m heading over to check out her website. Might have to get me some new jewelry. LOL

  3. That is absolutely gorgeous.