Tuesday, 17 June 2014

DIY Day.. What to do with books..

If your are a reader like me, you would also have a large collection of books lying around the home.. And although I do love to give them away or share them around, 
there are some that I just can't let go of! 
So instead of piling them in the corner and letting them gather dust - 
why not get your DIY on and make a creative display with them?!

Check out these cool ideas a on how to give your old books a new life.. Enjoy..


1) Make a lamp.. This would look great in a study, reading nook or as a bedside lamp.. 
The caged lamp shade looks great to - very industrial..

2) Make a clock.. You can buy clock mechanisms from your local Spolight or craft shop.. 
Stack 3 books side by side for a stand up clock, lay one book down flat for a single wall clock or gather lots of books and make a large wall clock..

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3) Make a handbag.. How cute is this idea.. Love the wooden handles too..

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You could also use a smaller book and make a clutch to match!!

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4) Make a table.. I saw this table in the Real Living magazine a few months ago
 and fell in love with it.. A timber top would look great too.. 

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Stack some books up and screw some castor wheels on the base..
 Perfect for bedside tables too..

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5) Make a stool.. Perfect for extra seating.. You could also use old magazines!

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6) Make a bedhead or bed base..  You could also make the bedhead with closed books.. 
It would be a great way to add colour to a room.. 

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7) Make a bookshelf.. I have seen heaps of 'book' bookshelves with the books running horizontal but love this idea running them vertical.. The jackered edge at the bottom brings great texture too..

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8) Make a feature out of an old chair.. This would be a great talking piece in any room of the house.. Will definitely have to give this one a go!

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9) Make a mobile.. This would be gorgeous for a nursery or children's room.. Made out of there favourite bed time story.. that would be very special..

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10) Make a planter.. Such a great idea to display on a coffee table or side table.. 
Use bonsai's, cactus's, succulents or ferns..

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11) Finally, display them in an artistic way.. 
This counter looks fantastic.. I love how they have used the paper side of the book..
 It displays a little bit of colour without being too over-powering..

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Pile then vertically and horizontally in an old fireplace or wall nook..

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Stack them along your stairs to add colour and style..

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Make a feature wall out of them..

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Some very creative DIY options.. Now deciding which one to do!!..

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