Tutorials for Recycling Books

We rode bikes around our neighborhood this weekend and stopped at all the garage sales we found along the way. I love doing this because it’s like exercise and shopping in one! Plus, my bike basket is perfect for holding whatever treasures I find. On this particular trip I was noticing a lot of old books for sale. My DIY craving kicked in and I knew I had to do some research on the projects I could use old books for. I found a ton of goodies to try!
Love this! Amazing tutorial to create a planter out of an old book.
Use old book pages to create a pretty wreath.
Create adorable shelves using this tutorial.
Follow this tutorial to create an awesome book clock!
Make a lamp out of a stack of books with this tutorial!
  1. Oh, I love these! I’m going to try the book shelves asap! I’m totally obsessive about books. I think I have about 5 storage containers filled and still more overflowing my shelves.

    Becoming naturally beautiful one article at a time…

  2. Kelli Diane 4 years ago

    People are so creative! All of these are awesome!

  3. Pattie 4 years ago

    I’m really feeling those shelves!

  4. VaLon Frandsen 4 years ago

    Those are cool, I like the shelf, but I have seen them out made for books, and the hardware is hidden, so, it looks like the books are floating on the wall. Very fun.

  5. i LOVE that wreath!!!

  6. Lauren Anslee 4 years ago

    I’m in love with every single one of these!! Every picture i thought, “oh I love that” then “ohhh I really love that!” Thanks for sharing Julie :)

  7. J.Crabbit 4 years ago

    Is there a post about your bike somewhere? it sounds pretty awesome. I collect Moby Dick books, it makes looking through the books at yard sales really fun, but now I have reason to grab other titles too… THANKS!!

  8. LC 4 years ago

    Ooo! I love those bookshelves, and the clock is really cool too!

  9. Rachel W K 4 years ago

    books as bookshelves I love that! I love browsing through neighborhood sales, there’s always such great things to find. I hope you picked up some old books for yourself!

    -rachel w k

  10. Kate's Irrelevant 4 years ago

    i love the shelves and the lampshades! so cute :)

  11. Misty 4 years ago

    These are awesome! I love the shelves! Now I need to go find me some old books. What great ideas. Bookmarking now.

  12. AsteropeBC 4 years ago

    I have a friend who used an old book from his parents’ garage to make a Kindle reader case.

  13. Sandy 4 years ago

    What a great way to recycle books! Now I wish I had not gotten rid of all my books.

  14. Wow! I really like that book clock, think I will try this myself! THank you for sharing

  15. Lily M 4 years ago

    The clock and the planter are my favorites. If I ever get a spar moment they’d look great in my bedroom. Thanks for the ideas!

  16. Anonymous 4 years ago

    These are all good ideas but it does make me a little sad, those books were written to be read by people. Well I suppose at least they aren’t being chucked in the bin.

  17. ChayaGallery 4 years ago

    This is wonderful – perfect for a book squirrel like me :-)

  18. charlenesbags.com 4 years ago

    Amazing! Especially the shelving. I will keep this in mind.

  19. teddy bear 4 years ago

    I love all of your ideas and love looking at crafty projects, but I rarely get around to doing them. So if you don’t mind, I will live vicariously through your projects!! Look forward to the next installment

  20. Jonna 4 years ago

    I am SO making that lamp to stand on my night table. My regular lamp is already set on a stack of books; I may as well incorporate those into the design!
    I have a book clock that I made years ago in church camp, using a Reader’s Digest condensed book. We painted & decoupaged the covers to make them pretty– mine had yellow roses on it, and I gave it to my Grandmother for Christmas. She still had it when she died 15 years later.

  21. Donne Catanzaro 4 years ago

    It’s great! I love the book clock…I think I’ll try to make one..thanks for sharing!

  22. Megan 4 years ago

    I love the wreath on the wall! Is there a tutorial?

  23. Marie Anne 4 years ago

    I love the ‘book’shelves!

  24. Beti 4 years ago

    Nifty ideas but, like Anonymous, I’m a little sad that the books aren’t being read…. But I can’t help but love the lamp and shelves!

  25. nicóle 4 years ago

    OH my! Love this post!! Stumbled upon you! So glad I did!


  26. Kimb 4 years ago

    I just stumbled on it and I LOVE YOUR BLOG :) I like the one with clock and shelves. Gah, people are so creative which is why I love them :)

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  28. Daniel Mihai Popescu 4 years ago

    Very imaginative, :). I like all these ideas, :). Cheers!

  29. Maria Veigman 4 years ago

    It’s great idea! I’m going to make adorable shelves :)

  30. Ann Porter {KitchAnn} 4 years ago

    All of the ideas are great – so great I can’t pick a favorite.

  31. Allison 4 years ago

    Love all of your cute tutorials! Nothing better than reusing what we already have in a different way!

  32. Mixed Kreations 4 years ago

    Great ideas. Like them all. But the bookshelves are
    my favorite.

  33. shredding San Antonio 4 years ago

    There are various things you can do make your old books useful again. Learning all these things can really help you enhance your skills. This can be shared with other people so that they will no longer have to throw old books away.

  34. Creative Photo Albums 4 years ago

    These are sooo creative I love the idea! count me as your new follower! So much fun and creative ideas in this web site!

    Annabella Merlin
    Creative Photo Albums

  35. Hearing Aids Colorado 3 years ago

    I love this! Such a cute idea!

  36. Judy K. 3 years ago

    Love the pumpkin made from a book!
    Judy K.

  37. studiomaison 3 years ago

    love love love these ideas! visiting you from the etsy build your blog team :) beautiful blog!



  38. Anonymous 3 years ago

    I only thought I was creative! Wonderful ideas.

  39. Lauren Miller 2 years ago

    I love the bookshelves. However, I think I am going to turn the bracket the other way, and then cover the part that shows with more books.

  40. Sydney Gordon 2 years ago

    I like some of these ideas, but I hate the thought of destroying good books for some of these. I hope at least for history’s sake that most of the books people use for these projects are damaged in some way, smoke or water damage…something to justify ripping pages out and cutting holes in them.

  41. Josie McHale 2 years ago

    Amazing!!! Who knew you could do so many different decor pieces with recycling old books? I love the idea and I especially love the way it looks! Thanks for sharing!

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