Books, books, books. We read them; we love them; we put them on a shelf and don't do anything with them after we're finished. But a dusty library doesn't have to be a graveyard for books loved and shelved away. Here are 12 ways to decorate with books, craft with books, wallpaper your entire home with books, and generally make it crystal clear to visitors that you have a serious thing for books.
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Rethink the Bookshelf Stack
Think there’s only one way to display your books in a bookshelf? Silly you. Here are SEVEN (!) ways to stack, unstack, and rearrange your books on a shelf, from the hilarious Karen Bertelsen of The Art of Doing Stuff. Consider this the kama sutra of book positions. Oh yeah.
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Craft an Oversized Book Page Wreath
Make Paper Hydrangea Book Balls
You know those decorative wooden balls that retail for more than $100? These book page balls are twice as cool. And according to my precise calculations, they cost approximately one katrillion times less money. Stack them in a tray, display them in a vase, or just line them up on a shelf, and you’ll always have some pretty typed pages within sight. Learn how to make them here.
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Paper Your Walls with Book Pages
Can’t stand the thought of ripping and folding book pages for a craft? For the purists out there, you can always keep your precious pages whole and display them as a textured, layered wallpaper. This book page wall by Emily Jones of Jones Design Company adds a literary touch to a neutral, welcoming entryway.
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Stack Books to Make a Coat Rack
Imagine you’re throwing the greatest literary party of all time. Things are going great, until you realize your guests have no place to hang their tweed blazers and cardigans as they arrive. That’s where this coat rack comes in. It not only showcases your favorite book covers, but it also keeps your literary apparel neat and wrinkle-free. Book nerds, rejoice!
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Revitalize a Chandelier with Book Pages
Yes, you could pay a few hundred dollars for a pre-made book page chandelier from a fancypants store. But starving writers are craftier than that. Just pick your favorite pages from an old illustrated book, clip them to your existing chandelier, and feel supremely smug that you just saved hundreds of dollars. Learn how to do it here.
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Write Your Own Story in a Book Journal
Couldn’t get through that hot new book everyone else loved? Don’t feel guilty — turn it into an opportunity to write your own story. With this easy tutorial, you can turn any hardcover book into a pretty (and inexpensive!) journal. And when you’ve filled all the pages, you can slide it right next to the other great classics on your shelf.
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