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20 Uses for Old Books

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(Original story published on Thursday August 6th, 2015 on HGTV.ca.)

Look around your home, and you probably have piles of books scattered about. There are the ones you love, the ones you’re sure you’ll read again, and the ones you know you’ll never, ever open for the rest of your life. So, why not put those untouched books to good use and turn them into a fun DIY project? From greeting cards to a table lamp, we have twenty uses for old books ahead.

old books headboard
Headboard
Add an eclectic element to your room by replacing your headboard with a collection of hard-covered books nailed to the wall.
Image Courtesy of DIY Ready.

old books coasters
Coasters
Grab your favourite book and uses pages containing creative quotations to make conversation-starting coasters.
Image Courtesy of Etsy.

old books garland
Party Garland
Take a break from your typical tissue paper garland for your next bash, and try your hand at this flower-inspired option, featuring pages from old books.
Image Courtesy of Etsy.

old books hooks
Hooks
Step up your mud room with wallpaper made out of old book pages, and coat hooks that have been attached to old books.
Image Courtesy of DIY Ready.

old books hidden space
Hooks
Step up your mud room with wallpaper made out of old book pages, and coat hooks that have been attached to old books.
Image Courtesy of DIY Ready.

old books cards
Greeting Cards
Make homemade greeting cards by cutting shapes and silhouettes out of old book pages.
Image Courtesy of Etsy.

old books bird house
Bird House
Add a literary element to your garden with a bird house made out of old books.
Image Courtesy of Craftionary.

old books bookmark
Bird House
Add a literary element to your garden with a bird house made out of old books.
Image Courtesy of Craftionary.

old books cake topper
Cake Toppers
Perfect for a bookworm or English major, make cake toppers out of pages from old books.
Image Courtesy of Etsy.

old books chair
Novelty Chair
Use old books to make a statement chair that’s bound to be the focal point of any room.
Image Courtesy of Dish Functional Designs.

old books charging station
Charging Dock
Conceal cords while charging your tech in a chic way, with this charging dock made out of an old book.
Image Courtesy of The DIY Treatment.

old books clock
Charging Dock
Conceal cords while charging your tech in a chic way, with this charging dock made out of an old book.
Image Courtesy of The DIY Treatment.

old books conceal
Router and Cords Concealer
Looking for a cool way to conceal your cords and router? Use old books to create this box, perfect for hiding all of your unsightly tech accessories.
Image Courtesy of DIY HSHP.

old books framed
Gallery Wall
Step up your wall gallery game by creating your own art on pages of old books.
Image Courtesy of Babble.

old books lamp
Table Lamp
Switch up your standard lamp base for one made out of a stack of books for a fun room update.
Image Courtesy of Brit.

old books notebook
Notebook Cover
Give your standard notebook a makeover by covering it with pages from your favourite novel.
Image Courtesy of Etsy.

old books plant
Planter
Make a fantasy-like element in your home by cutting out the inside of a book and using it as a planter for a succulent. We love this idea for everything from a bookshelf accessory to a dessert table decoration.
Image Courtesy of DIY Ready.

old books desk
Desk and Counter
Ideal for a bookstore, library or an at-home office space, we’re loving this counter base and desk made of piled books.
Image Courtesy of Webecoist.

old books shelf
Book-Shelf
Putting a new spin on “bookshelves” we have a shelf literally made out of a book.
Image Courtesy of Real Simple.

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