I always feel a little weird doing DIY projects where I have to cut up books. I ask myself, Should I be doing this? as I cut through pages that once told a story. But, on the other hand, I have WAY more books than I can fit on my shelf. Plus, some of them are falling apart, or I have extra copies (or five or six copies, if we're talking Pride and Prejudice), so sometimes it's necessary to sacrifice a book or two to in order to create the perfect craft.
And if you're going to chop up a book for a craft, why not choose one where you can display it somewhere in your bedroom once you're finished? Let's be real: a bookshelf is awesome, but it's just one corner of your room. There are so many opportunities to showcase your love of books, and surround yourself with the words you love. Make it so that you’re almost entirely living within the pages of your favorite books with these literary decorating ideas… just make sure your favorite novels are stored safely away from the scissors.
Wrap A Canvas In Pages
Add detail to a wall hanging by wrapping your canvas in book pages and painting over top. You can buy this particular painting on etsy, but it’s also worth a DIY try if you’ve got ideas of your own… for example, what about pages of a cookbook with a fork painted on top for the kitchen? Or pages from Breakfast at Tiffany’s with Audrey sketched on top, for the fashionable girl’s closet? The possibilities are endless.
Charge Your Phone... On A Book
Turn A Book Into A Clutch
Storage is key in an organized bedroom. Sure, you could hollow out an old book and put valuables inside, but why not go even further and turn a book into a purse? Leave it on your desk to hold pencils, or take it out on the town — this clutch is perfect for any occasion. Learn how to make it here.
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Repurpose Magazines To Make A Nightstand
Personally, I have plenty of stacks of old magazines. And as much as I love remembering what was in style in 2008, I was excited to find another idea on how to repurpose all my copies of Seventeen: this chic DIY nightstand. Turn old fashion pages into the perfect place for a lamp and your reading glasses.
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Turn Old Books Into A Box
Sometimes, you have more than just books to store in your room. It’s just an unfortunate fact of life. However, you can store non-literature related items in this cute and practical box from etsy, or try a DIY version with any old books you’re willing to cut up. It will make your whole room look like a library, which is basically the ideal living space.
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Store Your Writing Utensils In Your Reading Material
Using cans, book pages, and glue, you can make this literary (and useful!) pencil holder. It’s perfect for writers AND readers who want to make their desk space a little more word-y.
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Find Your Favorite Quotes
My go-to book decoration is easy and customizable: find an old book, rip out a page, and write your favorite quote on top. This page is from a copy of Jane Austen’s Emma that was falling apart, so I added another Austen quote on top. Hang it with clothespins and string several quotes together for the perfect decoration to line a dorm room, apartment, or any other room in the house.
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