1. Make A Bouquet Of Paper Roses
I'm partial to this idea, because I have a few of these roses around my apartment. If you can't seem to keep a plant alive for more than a day or two, these will be your new best friend. Grab an old book or two and follow this tutorial on making your own book bouquet. They're also perfect for weddings!
2. Turn Your Books Into Storage
Sure, you can buy pre-made ones, but they always look fake. Take a few hardcover books you know you'll never read again and transform them into the perfect storage space for your jewelry, knick-knacks, or remote controls. These also work great as a gift holder — simply place a thoughtful note or present inside.
3. Fall Asleep With A New Headboard
This is every book-lovers dream bed. This tutorial shows you exactly what you'll need and walks you through every step-by-step detail, so you can have the exact headboard pictured above.
4. Give Them Away As Wedding Or Party Gifts
If you're getting married, use your old books as centerpieces or even as unique place cards for your guests to take home with them at the end of the night. If you aren't getting married but know someone who is, donate them. Or, skip the wedding and use them as gifts at a party or book club meeting.
5. Turn Your Books Into Planters
This is for the book-nerds who turn a page with a green thumb. Cut a space into a thick book (your old textbooks would work perfectly) and plant some adorable succulents inside to display in your kitchen or on your desk.
6. Make Your Old Books Into Scrapbooks Or Frames
It's time to channel your inner Leslie Knope and get your scrapbooking on. Glue pages together to make thicker and more durable scrapbook pages and place photos, notes, or ticket stubs to make the perfect memory book. You can also turn your old books into frames by carving out the front of a hardcover book and placing a photo inside!
7. Get Creative With Shelving
If you aren't stoked about the idea of getting rid of your books, or are just looking for a new way to spruce up your living space, get creative with your storage. Invest in some cute frames and turn them into art pieces for showcasing your old or unused books. You could also take a look at invisible bookshelves if you're in need of some more shelf space.
8. Invest In A Little Free Library For Your Neighborhood
Looking for a way to give back this year? Check out Little Free Library, a charity that allows you and your community to share books with each other. With the give-one-take-one rule in place, this allows and reminds kids and adults to read more books as they pass by. Plus, it's a super cute addition to your front yard.
9. Donate Your Books To A Charity
If you just need to get the books out of your place ASAP, look into these 12 amazing book charities around the world. Charities can help someone in need grow their love of literature and reading. It doesn't get much better than that.
10. Give Your Books To The Young Readers In Your Life
If you're still holding on to your children's books, take a look around and see if there are any new young readers that might benefit from your books. After all, there's no better gift than the gift of reading.