Old books that are not collectors’ items can be beautiful things in their own right. A growing trend is to upcycle them, either the whole book or just the stunning, sturdy covers.
Here is a collection of ideas you may want to try if you have just the book for it.
9. Create bookmarks from old book spines
Select book spines with the lovely muted coloring and decorations that older books tended to have.
Carefully cut them off the book and tidy up the edges. You can punch a hole in the top to attach a ribbon, and there you have a handful of unique and antique-looking bookmarks.
8. Create a lamp stand from a pile of old books
To do this, you need a lamp kit and a lamp shade, some tools, and about eight hardcover books.
Stack the books into however a tidy or untidy stack you require and measure the lamp’s threaded rod against the pile to be sure the rod pokes up an inch above the last book.
Drill a hole through each book individually. On the base book, you need to cut out a channel for the lamp’s cord to be hidden inside so that it matches the width and thickness of the cord. Run the lamp rod through the books and screw the top book down to the next book. Assemble the top of the lamp and, voila! Done, and now you have a unique lamp stand.
7. Make a vintage book purse
Take out the pages of the book and line the covers and spine with a heavy-duty material, being sure it is long enough to use for the sides of the purse when the covers are closed.
Hot glue the material to the cover. Add handles of your choice and a clasp to keep the purse shut if you wish. Now you have an unusual handbag that will be the envy of all.