When cut and formed into a DIY wreath, the yellowed pages in an old book lend vintage charm to a rustic room. Here, book pages have been cut, rolled, and glued onto a cardboard round. Because the all-season decor is made of paper, it's light enough to hang from just about any blank expanse in your home. To make your own, follow the tutorial from A Wonderful Thought.
A downside of turning books into decor is that the books are usually destroyed or rendered unreadable in the process. That's the beauty of this next project, which is achieved by cutting the cover of the book with a utility knife. The interior pages are left in tact and the book is turned into a picture frame by slipping a photo into a plastic protector and taping it to the inside of the cover.
In Plain Sight
Where do you hide private or sensitive items? Some of the most common hiding places (under the bed, in the sock drawer) are also the first spots that snoops will look. Create a secret stash they'll never think to raid by covering a wooden box with book spines, as in this clever hack from Jen Woodhouse. When placed on a shelf, the box will look like an ordinary collection of books, although it actually contains any items you'd like to hide from prying eyes.
This is one bookshelf that lives up to the name. This project comes together with three books of the exact same width—an important detail that ensures the top of the shelf is level. For the full tutorial, refer to A Piece of Rainbow.
Judge a Book by Its Cover
A Novel Idea
Succulents can grow almost anywhere, including this unusual planter. To create a planter, the pages of a book are first glued together, then cuts are made in the cover and the pages. After that, the hollowed out area is lined with plastic, filled with soil and a small plant. Keep an eye on this one. Although it's a cute idea, if the plastic liner comes loose, you could be left with a soggy book, and without drainage holes, your plant could suffer from overwatering.
Read All Over
A novel is a form of art in and of itself, but when an old book becomes damaged, there's a way to turn it into new art. Cut pages from old books and arrange them in a large frame for a meaningful piece of art that takes almost zero effort to assemble.
A New Story to Tell
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