Like some people, there is a certain feeling we get when we snap close the pages of a finished book. But once you have finished the 450-paged book, what do you typically do with it? Do you donate it to your local library? Do you try to resell it to a used bookstore? Or does it sit on your shelf collecting unwanted dust?
But like some individuals, maybe you have recently began reading your favorite books digitally. With tons of new technology and the ability to eRead on any device, perhaps you have even decided to begin using eTextbooks for your classes as well.
If this is the case, you could be asking yourself, "What should I do with all of these books?!"
Here are 8 ways to reuse your old books!
1. Stacked books as a table lamp
For all of the crafty individuals out there, this is a pretty neat way to reuse your old books and make it a piece of furniture in your home! Find out how you can make this book lamp here.
2. The floating bookshelf
If you're looking for new ways to stack and shelf your books, check out this creative new take on a "book shelf." It also makes for a great decoration for your walls if you are looking for new art decor to spruce up some white space. May December Home gives a few great directions on how to execute this look without having to actually ruin your books.
3. Paper your walls with book pages
Use the pages from your favorite stories as wallpaper for a room in your place or even just one wall. While in the above image they use a dictionary to cover the walls, you can use any of your leftover titles. Here is a "how-to" provided by Apartment Therapy.
4. Create bookmarks from the spines of your books
How cool is this!? Use the spine of some of your favorite classic novels as bookmarks. You can decide if you want to keep them for yourself, or what a great idea as a gift to fellow book-lovers as well!
5. iPhone dock
So maybe you have made the switch to digital and want to combine new technology with some of your old classics. Check out this neat DIY iPhone dock! Simply pick out a few of your favorite titles and use them as the base for your homemade phone charger! Follow the instructions here.
6. Make handmade literary art
Do you have a very old book with old fashioned paper? If not, you can easily find one at a yard sale or thrift store to make these beautiful pieces of art! Use the torn pages from the novel as printer paper to print silhouette images on top of and then simply place in a frame!
7. Build your own eReader case
With new devices and technology being made fairly often, use some of your old novels to make a cool and classic eReader case! The Man Made DIY site has instructions on how you can successfully make your own case!
8. Create a birdhouse
What bird wouldn't want to live in a birdhouse made out of old books?! You can create this book birdhouse for either a decoration or to home your feathery friends! Check out this video on how to make it!
9. Make an awesome headboard: with books
Want a new headboard for your big comfy bed but not sure you want to splurge on a large piece of furniture? Hello old books! We found another way to reuse your old books in a cool way to make a headboard, that way you can always go to bed with some of your favorite novels! Click here to read more.