Upcycled Book Crafts for Organizing and Decorating Your Home

Posted by on Jul 06, 2012

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Old books can be a decoration on their own, but we wanted to find some examples of ways to upcycle old books into useful and stylish home decor. Utilize books that you'll never read for storage or decoration with some inspiration from this collection of book crafts we discovered! 

Stacked Book Lamp
Decorate a Lamp Base 

Book lovers out there, this should brighten your day (literally!) Turn a boring lamp into an optical illusion: a stack of old books! 
This idea from Mari Makes even includes another project using book pages on the lamp shade.
Filing Cabinet Makeover with Old Book Pages
Spruce Up a Drab Filing Cabinet 

It's an easy way to recycle those old books into a filing cabinet that looks vintage. This could work on many surfaces and would be fun on almost any furniture. 
Blogger 
The Space Between shares a tutorial for making good use out of those beloved old novels by simply Mod Podging book pages onto a filing cabinet.


Make an Upcycled Book Spine Storage Bin
Make an Upcycled Book Spine Storage Bin

Hide your electronics, DVDs and other modern-day clutter with a bin disguised as a distinguished book collection. Brave crafters can attempt to assemble one of these themselves  with inspiration from the Etsy of Able and Baker.
Look for the "original modern library storage bin” from Able and Baker
Turn a Book into a Planter
Turn a Book into a Planter  

Cut a hole in a couple of books, hot glue them together and add a pot or container filled with a plant and dirt. Any plant will bring a little bit of life back to those old books, and Lindy's bird accents brought a little nature inside.
Get the inspiration from Lindy at Cottage Hill.
Upcycled Book Mail organizer
Make a Mail Holder 

Use the bindings from old books to create decorative wall mounts to store papers, display cards or flowers or to hold magazines. This project shows an aged board with vintage book bindings. Hot glue secures the book to the board and scrapbook paper is used for the open sides, which adds some fun pattern to this vintage decoration.
Get the tutorial from Beyond the Picket Fence.

Image credits (from top): chicforcheapinteriors.wordpress.com, themarimakes.blogspot.com, Linusandbubba.com, 
Ableandbaker.etsy.com, 
Lindycottagehill.blogspot.com, bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com.



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