I love to give a second life to objects. It’s often cheaper than buying “ready-made” and definitely more ecological! The ideas that I present are perfect when you have a small budget to furnish and decorate. I am thinking of young students who will be moving into their first apartment or buying their first house.
Before sending your old books to the recycling center, why not offer them a peaceful retirement as a decorative element? Here are 11 ideas for decorating with old books!
Reading in bed? This beautiful headboard is created from old books that you can find in used book stores for spare change!
DIY Dahlia-shaped wall medallions
Yes, you can easily reproduce these beautiful flowers!
They are created from book pages, another option would be to use musical scores or a nice colorful scrapbooking paper! Perfect to add a decorative element above a bed or in a living room integrated to a frame gallery.
A full-color library
This is a different way to present our books in the library! By arranging them in color gradients we create a visual interest of the same type as a beautiful wallpaper.
A pretty birdhouse
Recycling bird-themed books by turning them into a little cabin, I love it!
This idea is simple to reproduce and would be perfect to brighten up a child’s room or to integrate as a decorative element in a library.
Crown created with book pages
We like the old-fashioned and romantic look of this crown.
We simply used pages from an old novel that we rolled up and tied with a jute string.
A coffee table base
A great idea for a small budget!
We use hardcover books that we glue together to create a coffee table base. And why not use an old window to make the tabletop?
Shelves for nerds
I really like this easy idea to present a beautiful decorative object or a collection. You aim the book on a square that you fix solidly to the wall. Install several of them, choose colored, ivory, or black for a more dramatic look.
A vintage lamp base
Books stacked a little imperfectly from the base of this beautiful vintage-looking lamp.
You’ll get a totally different look by choosing black-edged books mounted in a straight stack and adding a sleekly designed lampshade.
Do-it-yourself time! Glue a book page around a glass and then use small tea candles for a nice and safe atmosphere.
A comic bookmobile
A great idea for a children’s room. An old bicycle wheel and comic book pages folded into small planes create an artistic and original decoration!
With recycled comics cut out the pages in the shape of stars, circles, or hearts. Sew them on the sewing machine to make a colorful garland. You could also attach them to a sturdy rope or a colorful ribbon.
Translated and adapted by Noobuzz staff.