What To Do With Old Books

It seems that no matter how many books I have, and want to display, I have about just as many that either are not titles that I want to keep or they are not vintage enough for displaying artistically.  It seems that libraries have an over abundance of these books as well that they sell by donations. With all of the books available, I came up with some ideas for what to do with old books.

You may be surprised at the wide variety of craft projects out there that use every part of an old book.  From the hard covers to just the spine and all of the pages in between, there is a way to use all of it!

Ideas For What To Do With Old Books

Make A Book Page Pumpkin

I have used book pages, like I would use any decorative craft paper, as an embellishment in different craft projects.  I have also used an entire paperback book to make this book page pumpkin:

book page pumpkin

TUTORIAL: How to make a book page pumpkin

Here are some more ideas on what to do with old books.

Build A Book Shelf

Not a shelf for books but a shelf using a book. It’s real easy to make a small shelf or two with some old hard cover books.  All you need are some brackets!

what to do with old books - shelves made from books

SOURCE: Shelterness

Make A Unique Lamp With A Book

Something else to hang on the wall is this very cool lamp with a book page shade.  It is very artsy and chic:

what to do with old books - book wall lamp

SOURCE: Meta Cafe

Turn A Book Into A Planter

If you need a unique idea for a new planter, this next book project is perfect.  You can actually use a vintage book to create a very decorative home for a brand new plant.

what to do with old books - diy book planter

SOURCE: Apartment Therapy

Stack Some Books For A Creative Lamp

I absolutely love the look of this stacked book lamp with the industrial shade.

what to do with old books - stacked book lamp


This next one is similar to my book page pumpkin but it is a fun vase.

Make A Book Page Vase

This fun book page vase is a great base for inserting artificial stems.

book page vase

SOURCE: Saved By Love Creations

Build Furniture Using Old Books

You can also actually make furniture with books!  There are a couple of different methods given for joining the books together but the books are basically just used like building blocks to create something like this fun book table.

homemade book table using old books

SOURCE: Make Shop Show

Use Book Spines As Bookmarks

Take those books that are falling apart and use the spines as decorative bookmarks for your newer books.

diy book spine bookmarks

Use An Old Book Cover As A Disguise

And finally, this last idea is fantastic for using an old book cover as a disguise!  Take out the pages and insert something like a wireless router to get a much more decorative look — I love it!

book cover disguise

book cover disguise

SOURCE: Apartment Therapy

An old book cover can also be used to make a fun picture frame. Do you have a unique idea for what to do with old books?  Share your thoughts below!

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  1. nice but u should show the tutorial also

    1. Gunzul, you can see the tutorial when you click on te pictures.

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