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New Titles for My Home Library and Craft Projects for Old Books on Hand

July 13, 2011
Books, books and more books. I love to read, but lately I just haven’t had the time. I’ve been trying to finish up the 4th book in the Vampire Academy series, Blood Promise, by Richelle Mead since school let out. I’d been reading it slowly on the days I’d pick my son up from school while I was waiting for him in the parking lot. Now it’s just hit and miss when waiting for dr. appointments, etc. I’m hoping to wrap up the hundred pages pretty soon though as I’m dying to dive into two new books I just purchased from series I read regularly.

Last week I bought Bullet the latest in the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series by Laurell K. Hamilton – and River Marked – part of the Mercy Thompson Series by Patricia Briggs. Of course, I still need to get my hands on Charlaine Harris’ newest book in the Sookie Stackhouse Series, Dead Reckoning. I’ve been reading these series since I first discovered them about seven years ago. As a result, not only am I hooked, but I’m also a loyal fan of the HBO series, True Blood, based on the books by Charlaine Harris. I anxiously awaited for two years for the show to air between hearing that HBO was going to produce the show and the show actually airing. Now that I’ve gotten my hands on some of the books I want, there’s just finding the time to read. For those of you with crazy busy schedules, how do you find the time to squeeze in a book here and there?

Anyhow, since I’m on the topic of books, I thought I’d share a few diy craft projects for book related projects.

DIY Project: Brenna’s Secret Storage Books from Design*Sponge

I love this project for Secret Storage Books from Design*Sponge. Made from recycled clamshell style boxes and cardboard, these tiny “storage units” look like real life books and will neatly on your bookcase blending in with the other books on your shelves. Use them to hide supplies, cash, documents, journals, and secret gifts. You can find the full, step by step tutorial on Design*Sponge blog. What will you hide in yours?

Modern Library Storage Bin from Roadside Photographs

Have old books that are falling apart or can longer be used? Remove the spines from a selection of old books and recycle them by gluing them along a wooden box or crate for an enticing storage space like this Modern Library Storage Bin for sale from Roadside Photographs. Use it to store and organize books, magazines, cds, dvds, scrapbooking papers or anything else your mind can think up! Use the pages from your discarded books to decorate recycled jars into candle holders. You just need a little mod podge and some imagination. Arrow & Apple blog provides a diy tutorial for doing just this!

How To: Not Your Ordinary Book Light from Grathio Labs

I’m also in love with this diy book light project from Grathio Labs. While you start by recycling a hardcover book, the process is a bit complicated and requires some wood, glue, soldering and wiring. The end result though is worth the effort. However, if this is beyond your crafting expertise, you may be able to sweet talk a handy man in your life into the task in exchange for something you’re more capable of crafting on your own. You’ll find full instructions and a project list for this book light at Grathio Labs.

Have other ideas for recycling old books? Feel free to share your ideas in the comments!


  • Ashley Rae

    July 14, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    Loved the Books, Blood Promise(my favorite series) and Dead Reckoning(love the whole series) I also watch the show True Blood. Found you on Art and Tree Chatter blog hop. Check me out: http://www.thefaintinggoats.blogspot.com

  • ~Lavender Dreamer~

    July 14, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    We read before we go to bed at night! Very relaxing! Love the ideas you have on this post! And I’m enjoying my soap! I posted about it today! ♥

  • Brittany

    July 15, 2011 at 6:12 am

    Great idea!

    P.S. I am having a giveaway on my blog. There are awesome organizational charts and tools for moms and kids. I hope you will enter!

  • Suzanne

    July 15, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    Fantastic! These are great ideas. I recently wrote about what to do when books are truly beyond their readable life and I love these alternatives.

  • Emily

    July 16, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    Cute ideas.

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