Upcycled Books

Click here for this secret compartment idea from Better Homes & Gardens.

Look around your house, and you may be surprised to find books that you do not read anymore, or ones that are slightly damaged. As more people start using e-readers, makers are finding creative uses for beautiful old books as objects with new purposes. Grab some old books and try these projects:

  • Sew pages of books to create storage pockets with this easy step-by-step on S. C. Johnson Co.’s blog Family Economics. It’s a unique way to keep track of your favorite photos, movie tickets and valentines!
  • Hollow out a book to create a secret compartment like this one from Better Homes & Gardens’ project ideas site.  Another way to do this is to glue a bunch of book spines to a box and slide it onto your bookshelf between real books, like in this photo. Voila! Your treasures are now safe from your little brother.
  • Make hardcover books into shelves like these examples we found at realsimple.com. They give the term “book shelf” a whole new meaning!
  • Build furniture out of old bookswith simple brackets and hardware.

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Book Furniture

Click here to see book furniture inspiration from Jaqueline LeBeau.

Makers look at regular objects and imagine new uses for them. And guess what? Kids do that everyday! As kid makers, we thought you’d love the idea of using old books like bricks for building.

Makers are reusing old  books to build tables, chairs, beds, counters, even little houses. The tables at right are by designer Jaqueline LeBeau. Click here or on the photo for more of her inspiring examples.

So, how do you physically connect the books to be able to build with them?

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