Vintage spelling textbook pages make one-of-a-kind wall decor for homes, offices, and classrooms. They’re also ideal for a wide range of classroom materials and endless DIY projects.
Vintage spelling textbook pages are perfect for a host of classroom materials, including but not limited to, worksheets, tests, study guides, digital presentations, syllabi, and websites. Antique book pages are also great for numerous craft projects, such as art/junk journals, scrapbooking, greeting cards, decoupage, and home decor.
It’s no secret that I love the aesthetic of vintage books, including dictionaries and hymn books. I’ve also been rolling out antique textbook downloads, including algebra and Latin. The format of vintage textbooks is so different from the layout of modern textbooks. You don’t see anything like it today.
The vintage spelling book I’m featuring in this post is from 1919. It’s a middle school level textbook with lessons for fifth through eighth grade.
I’ve created free printables for 20 full vintage spelling textbook pages, with separate 8×10 formats specifically intended for wall art and other framed projects. The set includes pages with spelling rules, word lists, dictation exercises, reference lists, grammar lessons, and review pages. Enjoy!
How to use vintage book pages
Most likely, if you’re searching for free vintage textbook downloads, you already have ideas for your home or classroom or are working on a DIY project. If you’re just looking for inspiration or considering other ideas for your new printables, think about one or more of the following projects.
- DIY wall art. One of the most common ways to use antique book pages is to make your own wall decor. Vintage spelling textbook pages make beautiful wall decor on their own for living rooms, classrooms, home offices, and more. You can also overlay virtually any PNG or transparent background image onto a vintage book page and/or overlay it with text to create unique wall art.
- Classroom materials. Antique textbook pages and illustrations make great additions to a wide variety of classroom materials, such as websites, worksheets, bulletin boards, tests, syllabi, study guides, and digital presentations.
- Greeting cards. I love to use vintage book pages as backgrounds for all sorts of handmade greeting cards. I especially love this concept for teacher thank you cards.
- Glass or bottle cap magnets, using the technique that I perfected for my sheet music glass magnets.
- Pendant necklaces, using the above technique to make necklaces instead of magnets.
- Tile coasters, using the method that I developed for my vintage sheet music botanical coasters. The book pages look great as is and can also be overlaid with illustrations, phrases, or quotes.
- Art journals or mixed media projects. Layer paint, ink, stamps, and more over old book pages to make whimsical art/junk journal pages or mixed media art.
- Scrapbooking. Antique book pages are great backgrounds for both physical and digital scrapbooks. They’re also ideal for DIY scrapbook embellishments.
About the free vintage spelling textbook pages
I’ve made the antique textbook pages available in the following formats.
- Original ratio full book pages. The original ratio pages are just as I saved them after I scanned and edited them. You get full control over exactly how you want to crop and format the pages for different projects and materials.
- 8×10 ratio book pages, with and without borders. I know that many readers arriving at this post want to make wall decor in 8×10 format. Having pages already in this format makes it quick and easy to create wall art. I’ve created versions with and without white borders to cater to different framing styles and aesthetic preferences.
The vintage spelling textbook pages are for personal use only. You may download and print them as many times as you like, including for classroom use. Please don’t distribute the download files. If friends, family, or co-workers would like their own textbook pages, please send them a link to this post, where they can download their own files. Thank you!
Original ratio full book pages
The original ratio full book pages are exactly as I saved the pages after scanning and editing them. They give you maximum control for cropping and formatting as you need to for various craft projects and classroom materials.
There are 20 pages total. They include pages with dictionary exercises, spelling rules, grammar lessons, word lists, reference lists, and review pages.
I’ve split the pages into two ZIP folders for easier downloading.
8×10 ratio full book pages
Antique book pages in 8×10 format are ready to print for easy, simple, one-of-a-kind wall art. I’ve created versions with and without white borders. Depending on the look you’re going for and the frame you select for your art, you may like one version better than the other.
I’ve created 8×10 versions of six pages from the spelling book set. If there are additional pages you’d like in 8×10 format, please let me know. I’m happy to create them for you.
Extracting and downloading the full ZIP folders
I’ve created ZIP folders for all of the vintage textbook page downloads. Zipped folders allow me to offer high-resolution files and protect said files from potential theft. Extracting and downloading ZIP folders from Google Drive is easy and straightforward. Please note that it takes a little time to get each folder downloaded in full.
- When you click on the download link, choose the Open with ZIP Extractor option at the top of the page.
- The folder will open in a new window. The files will download.
- After the files have downloaded, click Extract Now.
- When the files have extracted and uploaded, click View Extracted Files.
- Double click on the folder.
- To download, select the files you want to download. Click the three horizontal dots More Actions button. Choose Download.
- Follow the prompts on the download screen.
I suggest moving your downloaded files out of your downloads folder and into your main photos folder. I also suggest making a second copy on an external hard drive or cloud storage drive as well. Make sure to keep your files in a folder called “Vintage Spelling Textbook Pages” or something similar, so you can find them easily.
Now you’re ready to transform your antique spelling book pages into wall decor and classroom materials or print them for journaling and DIY projects!
Printing vintage spelling textbook pages
When you use vintage book pages to make wall decor, my personal recommendation for at-home printing is Finestra Art Paper, which is what I used to print the vintage dictionary pages featured above. The acid-free, matte surface dries ink quickly, producing crisp, vivid images. Regular printer paper, presentation paper, and card stock do work as well. However, they don’t produce results that look as good. It’s worth spending a little more on the right paper to create beautiful book page art with a professional finish.
For all other journal and craft projects, I use white card stock. When you’re adding book page components into scrapbook embellishments, greeting cards, and mixed media pieces, it’s not important that the pages look quite as vibrant. For tile coasters, magnets, and pendant necklaces, you won’t be able to tell any difference under multiple coats of diamond glaze or Mod Podge.
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