If you are anything like me, you have shelves stacked with books. I never throw a book away or put it into the recycling. I just respect the book too much. I even have trouble getting rid of magazines. Some of my books, though, have seen their time and will never be read by me again. For example, What To Expect When You Are Expecting, I’ve expected it all, and I won’t be again, so that book needs to move on. You could donate these books, which I definitely have, but many times they could be outdated or not wanted. So, what do we do? I’ll give you six ways to use those old books for something new.
Turn your old books into shelves (for more books of course). This will only work with nice looking books, with decorative spines, like the one above from Real Simple, and real simple it is to create this look.
Turn one form of art into another. Use the pages to make paper flowers. This would look awesome as a little bouquet on, you guessed it, your bookshelf! Check out 100 Layer Cake‘s how-to instructions and see the wedding bouquet, which is an amazing idea for a bookworm, librarian or writer. I would have totally done something like that!
This is another amazing idea, which I got from Better Homes & Gardens, to make picture frames out of your old books. Again, you’ll need hardcover and decorative spines, but these are amazing.
If you’ve had kids, you have lots of board books. Why not get your little bookworm into the mix and let them make their own board books, using the existing ones you have? Creative With Kids has all the deets.
This mail holder is the perfect use for an old book, like the large Webster’s dictionary you see here. I’m sure we all have one of these sitting around getting absolutely no use. So creative! Thanks to Dollar Store Crafts.
If you have the time and love this style, this would look amazing in a teen’s or book lover’s bedroom! You can get all of the instructions at Instructables.com and maybe even find more projects you might want to do.
Bargainmoosers, what are you going to do with all of those books cluttering up your shelves?
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