5 DIY Crafts for Used Books

Books & Things

Literary Table Legs

Image courtesy of instructables.com

Image courtesy of instructables.com

Before you even have to ask: Yes, you will need a tabletop for these legs as well. That comes separately.

But, before you dismiss the project, just take a look at how cool (read: cultured and enlightened) you will look having a table built, literally, out of pure knowledge.

This project brings in the heavy machinery: drills, goggles and steel rods are a few of the items you will need to build the foundations of your new table.

Instructables pro Jessyratfink writes that the number of hardcover books you need will be determined by how tall you want the table, and it's best to have similar sizes throughout.

"Once you know how tall you want them to be, try to get an average thickness on the books you're considering and buy just a few more books than you'll need," she says. "Once they're compressed you might find you need an extra book to help them line up!"

Next: Super Secret Hideout

  • http://seethinkshare.wordpress.com/ 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

  • http://weekendreaderbookshop.com 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.