14 Awesome Ways to Reuse Old Books

I can’t even begin to explain my love of books. I love to read them, I love to be around them, I love to smell them. Libraries make me happy. Bookstores are a dangerous place. Thrift stores, yard sales, and used bookstores are much more my speed.

I buy a lot of books. Some because I wish to read them over and over. Some because I just can’t wait long enough for the library wait list. And, some I buy just because — $.50 for a beautiful vintage book will catch my attention every single time.

Now, I just have to decide what to do with them. I’d been passing them onto my best friend for a project she’s plotting, but I am loving these great DIY projects. I prefer the ones that don’t ruin the book in anyway, but the others are an incredible way to use a book that may already be falling apart.

Here are 14 amazing DIY projects for old books:

1. Comic Coasters

Image Source: Mod Podge Rocks

These comic book coasters would be a great gift for the geek in your life, but I’m thinking I could also mod podge book pages or magazines.
Read more at Mod Podge Rocks

2. iPhone Dock

By hiding an iPhone charging cord in a book, you can create your own charging dock. So smart!
Read more at Little Lovelies by Allison

3. Kindle Cover

If you can’t stand the thought of ditching real books for an e-reader, check out this awesome DIY Kindle cover. It’s the best of both worlds!
Read more at Cosmo Cricket

4. Book Light

This is another project that completely destroys the books, but how cool would this lamp be on the bedside table?
Read more at HGTV

5. Birdhouse

Birdhouse crafts are always fun projects for kids, but making it with used kids books makes it even more fun.
Read more at Daily Danny

6. Travel Scrapbook

This craft uses old guidebooks. Create a unique travel scrapbook to showcase your trip on the pages of the city’s guidebook.
Read more at Martha Stewart

7. Book Invitations

Image Source: Ruffles And Stuff

This would be a sweet way to invite family to a 1st birthday party. Check used book stores, library fundraisers and yard sales for inexpensive kids’ books.
Read more at Ruffles and Stuff

8. Succulent Planter

I’ve seen a lot of interesting succulent planters, but nothing speaks to me quite like the pages of a book.
Read more at Apartment Therapy

9. Literary Clock

I so want to do this for the girls’ toy room! I just have to decide which ruined old favorite would be the best choice.
Read more at Instructables

10. Headboard

We are still on the hunt for the perfect headboard. I wonder if I could talk the hubby into this project.
Read more at Instructables

11. Wall Gallery

Display a mix of vintage books, family photos, and memorabilia. It’s a unique twist on the popular wall gallery idea.
Read more at Paper Snitch

12. Photo Frame

Image Source: The Red Chair Blog

I love this picture frame, even if it does cut straight through the cover and into the pages of the book. Just be sure to use something that isn’t a priceless antique!
Read more at The Red Chair Blog


When thrifting, I see so many vintage books with the spines beginning to peel away. What a clever idea for putting them to use as bookmarks!
Read more at Green Paper

14. Book Shelf

book shelf — ha! A few well plaed brackets will hold a book snug against the wall for small displays.
Read more at Real Simple

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