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Yellow Pages: 17 Clever Uses For Old Phone Books

Put those big yellow eyesores to good use!

In the age of smartphones, Wi-Fi and Alexa, there might be nothing more antiquated than a phone book.

They’re big, heavy eyesores that get dumped on your front porch every year. And—in my house at least—they usually end up collecting dust in the basement or garage because of a nagging fear that I may need to look someone’s number up the old-fashioned way some day.

Obviously, if you want to ditch your old phone books once and for all, you should be sure to recycle them instead of just throwing them in the trash. But if you’re crafty, your collection of outdated directories might just be a treasure trove of untapped resources.

Here are 17 clever ways I found that you can repurpose a phone book.