Ever looked around your house and wondered what to do with the stacks of old books you have? As an avid bookworm, I sometimes feel a strange sense of guilt about giving away my books, but equally, I’d really like to have more room in my bedroom and not have a small wall of books acting as a makeshift bedside table! So it got me thinking – other than passing books on to others, what can we do with books we’ve read and don’t want anymore? Read on to find out!
Sure, bed sheets and backdrops are great, but book pages can be an awesome background for your images. I hope I’m not committing bookworm sacrilege, but if you’re never gonna read the book again and it’s not some special first edition or anything, I don’t see why you can’t repurpose its pages!
You could also allow yourself to do some of those shots with the arty folded over pages that you haven’t allowed yourself to so far for fear of ruining your book! 😉
Yes, you read that right! After a bit of poking around on Pinterest, you’ll start to think anything is possible. You can in fact turn an old book into an awesome, rustic-looking plant pot!
Find out how with this awesome tutorial from Green Wedding shoes.
Again, think of these bad boys for Instagram props! Or even fancy toppers on gift-wrapped items, corsages, a home decoration in a vase…the list goes on!
Check out this handy tutorial to make your own!
Image credit to 100 Layer Cake
Origami corner bookmark
These are super lovely little gifts! I was lucky enough to get one from Charley, aka @thevellichoradventures, in my Christmas card, and I remember being really touched and thinking how cute it was!
They’re perfect to make and pop into birthday, Christmas – well, any special occassion cards really, and you could even get arty and add some designs to them with pens or paint!
Check out this tutorial here!
Craft a paper rose wreath
If you liked the idea of the paper roses in a vase, why not try a paper rose wreath? You could really get creative with this – perhaps paint it, or add in tiny baubles, holly sprigs and ivy at Christmas, or even artificial leaves and pinecones with a spritz of glitter for an autumnal wreath!
Check out this tutorial from Stephanie Lynn!
Book spine bookmarks
Yes, yes, another bookmark idea – but you are on a post about reusing books on a book blog so suck it up, cupcake! 😛 But seriously, some books have some awesome looking spines that you just want to have on your shelves. Instead of getting rid of that when you say goodbye to a book, why not make it into a quirky bookmark?
Check out this tutorial from Green Paper!
Literary inspired print
Grab the pages of the books you’re throwing out, stick a few together neatly on card to make it a larger size, then paint a quote you love over it!
Here’s an example below that I found – you can buy it on Etsy. Etsy is a hive of inspiration if this idea takes your fancy, too!
A very bookish knife block
Yep, you read that right – a knife block! And SO EASY.
You literally just tie a stack of sturdy books really tightly together and pop your knives in the top!
These make great Instagram props, and they’re also perfect to add to a glass jar with some fairy lights for a cute decoration, or to add to gifts in a similar way to how you’d use packing peanuts!
My lovely friend Emily (@breatheeasybooks) made me a tonne of these adorable little stars and added them into my Christmas gift box one year! I kept them all and have them in a glass mug on my bookshelves!
Check out this tutorial here!
Disguise that random box full of old cables and ancient receipts with this cool storage idea! Just saw off the spines of your books (ahem, adults only please. And only properly adulty adults. I’d have to ask an adultier adult for fear of accidentally chopping my arm off) and glue them to a storage box, et voila! A very literary hiding place for all your random crap! 😉
Did any of these inspire you? Will you be making any for your home? Let me know in the comments! I’d also love to know any cool craft ideas you’ve tried, or any other ways you’ve repurposed your old books!
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