Used books can be recycled and used to make a variety of beautiful crafts. This is a guide about crafts using books.
Using an old book, I created a cute picture frame!
This is a novel idea for a succulent plant. It is made with a thick book and succulent plants. Succulents take very little moisture. They are great for arid places or inside in the winter with the dry heat. They are like a cactus. They take moderate light and are exceptionally easy to grow.
Approximate Time: A couple of hours
By Elaine from Belle Plaine, IA
I have seen fake safes and suck in books, but this is too cool! Thanks, I have just the old Readers Digest Condensed Book to do this with!
I heard about this idea a couple of years ago but never investigated it so actually seeing one for the first time here really impresses me! It's adorable and oh so recycle green! You should make oodles of these and sell them, Elaine! The planters are called Honbachi (book pot). Turns out there's a company in Tokyo that even uses them as Bonzai planters and they are quite popular.
I don't have any books readily available that I would want to do this to but am due for a trip to the Goodwill soon and will find an approriate one to use from there. ;-)
WHAT A COOL IDEA--LOVE IT!!
You may wish to pay attention to the copyright & publication dates of the books.
Some of the "old books" may just be worth a bunch of cash! Especially first printings...
Personally I like books too much to poke a hole through them *sigh* but a lamp like that may look really good in my den.
Love the lamp! What a neat idea.
I love books too (and treasure them), but no one wants Reader's Digests, and those would be perfect for something like this.
An idea like this, as with altering unwanted books, keeps those that would otherwise end up in the landfill as something useful and repurposed.
Wonderful idea. Saw same idea in homeware store, but made of porcelain, that is where I decided to make myself one, but just with real books!
First of all I would like to just say I love making these for any occasion. They are cheap and easy to make and best of all its a great way to recycle all those hard cover books you don't read anymore or the ones you can get at a yard sale for dirt cheap.
Is there any way I can connect three hard cover books together at different angles? Then I would like to spray paint them a bronze color and put a coating of something on them to preserve them for staying outside on my small table for the summer?
By Catherine P.
I would check out what different types of glues there are and I would glue them together. What a good idea! I am starting to think what I can do to make bookends out of books this way!
Thanks for getting my mind to rolling on how to use this tip for my house!
How about drilling a hole through each and stacking them with a long screw or metal rod with end caps? Even a wood dowel might work.
You'll want a really strong, weather and waterproof glue. I assume you mean they will be stacked one on top of the other, or do you mean side by side as you would find them on a shelf? Sand the surfaces to be joined thoroughly and wipe off the dust. Try E600 glue or the like in a well ventilated area. Sounds like a great idea. Makes sure your paints and varnishes are also outdoor formulaes.
I am 14 and I badly wanted a way to decorate my door but had no money! I am really into books... then I had an idea. I went to the local thrift shop and got books with cool covers (paperbacks only really work.) That cost only around 50 cents. Old ones around the house that you have already read work great, too. So then I tore off the books covers and put them on my door, which I painted black. It has an awesome look, and is definitely different if you are looking for something new like I was!
That sounds sooooooooo cool. You are soooooooo smart!!!!!!!
I need to know what process to use when making a hard bound book into an "open antique book". I'm pasting a wedding invite to the open book. I want the pages in the book formed. I'll have to dip the pages or something. Does anyone have a recipe for this or directions?
By Lorena1210 from Webster, SD
I have made a hardcover book look very antique and individual with a wedding invitation. open book to middle,either use decoupage or white glue mixed with water. paint this on the edges and as it dries shape the pages in a pleasant way, pages curved. once you have the design put several more coats of finish on. use gold paint and paint the edges of the pages. now you can use whatever you want for the finish, I have done the invitation and used some of the bouquet and bows to embelish the other side. I gave it as the wedding gift. I tore the invitation and singed the edges to make it more antique looking.
If I remember right, from back in the 70s when I made several of these, besides what glooyg stated, you have to but something under the pages, towards the center of the book, so that they will be slightly curved towards the center. I think the lady that taught me this used a half a toilet paper roll, cut lengthwise. Then we used something to fill in under the ends of the pages, I think what we used was called wood putty, If I remember right it, it was a light tan powder that we mixed with water. She also went through the pages of the book and glued them together, maybe every 12 pages or so.
We also used a product called Gesso, but I can't remember what the purpose of that was. The top pages we curled on the corners. Back then a person could buy gold and silver toned paper borders, that looked lacey, to put on the edges of the paper. We also gave the books an antique look by applying a light coat of brownish paint to it and quickly rubbing it off with a rag. gollyg's idea of painting the edges of the pages gold sounds a lot nicer than just leaving them them whatever color. The lady that taught me this, made them to sell. One year I made one for my parents anniversary. I put a nice verse from an anniversary card on one side (they didn't have a wedding so there was no invitation left to use), then I put their wedding picture on the other side.