How to Easily and Cleanly Remove Pages From Books


Introduction: How to Easily and Cleanly Remove Pages From Books

A little trick I found to easily and cleanly remove pages from books.

Step 1: Gather Materials

what you will need for this:

-string, just some plain white string found at your local drugstore or craft store, can also be yarn and some other strings I guess, although I havent tested those.

-a book you want to take a page out of

-water/wet mouth

Step 2: Cut It

cut a length of string longer than the book you want to remove a page from. it doesnt matter how long, so long as its longer than the book plus enogh extra to be able to grasp it

Step 3: Wet It

soak the string in water, or if you dont have water just put it in your mouth and moisten it with your saliva.

it must be pretty wet, although it doesnt have to be dripping (if it is, that may be too much)

Step 4: Do It!

place the string on the page you want to cut out (or if theres 2 pages yo want, put it between those pages)

pull it tight so it is straight on the page, and then pull it close to the binding of the book (see picture for reference - red = string)

close the book and hold it tightly closed for a few seconds (10-30, depending on how thick your pages are)

now open the book and examine the page - it should have a line where the string was where it is wet, and therefore very weak.

now just tear the page out carefully - it should tear cleanly on the line. if not, wet the string more and put it back on the already weak area and do it again.

Step 5: How Does It Do That?

the liquid on the string is pushed out into the paper when you tightly close the book. the water weakens the paper, making it tear easily and cleanly in the small line of weakened area.



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    2 years ago


    thanks for this wonderful method..............i was able to remove the page from my computer record neatly................thank u so so so so much.....................

    My fav method is ye ol table saw.. Just rip (by that I mean cut) the back off. Perfectly sliced pages ready to put in the scanner for PDF'afying.

    2 replies

    this is better if you have a book you don't want to destroy but still need a page from.

    It sounds to me like it still destroys the book but in this way you get to keep the neat binding of it... it just takes a lot longer

    I bought a bunch of old ones from the university of MN once and took them apart. Some of the drawings are framed and I put them up on my walls

    it's a massive book that would provide more than enough paper to cover one's walls . . . I think I'd choose a more interesting* book though (whenever I get bored simply read the walls lol)

    *more so to me that is . . .I don't mean to go around dissing the classics

    hmmm. sounds like a cool idea. I'd try it myself (maybe with a different book) but I'm really picky about the outcome of my projects and adjustments are usually fatal to them, and I dont want to risk my walls... one thing you should know if you try this is that the edges where it was torn doesnt look really smooth like scissors cut it, but slightly rough like a really neat rip. it still looks fine and works great, but if you are a perfectionist you might want to lay the papers like shingles (slightly overlapping)

    yeah i've been tearing paper for years using the same principle . . .fold, crease, lick along crease, and tear Perfectly straight every time!

    lol yeah thats where I got the idea. but as you know, you can't trust everything you see on tv. so I tried it out, and it worked perfectly!