By Jennifer Giacoppo on Jan 17, 2011

5 DIY Crafts for Used Books

Old books

Books are not only a medium for thought-provoking rhetoric, but inspiring decor and spaces as well. Photo: Flickr/whereisyourmind

Literary purists be warned: We are about to destroy a few books in the name of home decor. Woe unto us! But it's all for the greater good, and we've got some projects that will knock your spectacles off.

You have to admit that, no matter how much reading is a part of your life, there are probably a few titles sitting in the closet that haven't seen the light of day in eons.

While book donation is always an excellent option for letting those old tomes find a new home (there's probably a local charity, library, shelter or school that could use them), the cold winter months might give you an itch to craft while you're stuck inside.

Sit back, grab a cup of tea and check out our top-five favorite ideas for reusing both hardcover and paperback books.

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      • Jon King

        Great idea’s… our local book stores are taking trade-ins’ now but they have SO many in stock.

      • Erica

        These are great ideas! I’ve done the secret hollow book before using the same tutorial you referenced. Be warned that it takes a really LONG time to cut out all of those pages. The wreath looks rad. I’ll try that next.

      • Nicole

        I am a purse freak, I still cry a little inside when my daughter carries one of my favs that I passed on to her cause she loved it, and I love her more than the purse. But this is awsome, I am determined to do this. Now I just have to find the perfect book, which is hard because I love to read and have a hard time getting rid of any of the ones I have, even for trade. Funny huh

      • Flo

        When I first saw the title to this article, I thought “Are these people NUTS?” But then I saw the beautiful and quirky results and was simply tickled. Unfortunately, not all books can be salvaged, sold, and / or rescued. These projects bring a fun life to books that have LITERALLY failed the test of time.