Garage sale season is here and everywhere we go there are piles of old/used books and they are dirt cheap! Here are some clever ideas to re-purpose those books that won't make you sacrifice your favorite Kindle or Nook!
1.) Gift Box- Take an old book and hollow out the interior with an Xacto knife creating a niche. What you have just made is a gift box!
2.) DIY Magnetic Poetry/Sayings- Find a large print book. Stick your favorite pages on to self-stick magnetic sheets. Cut the words apart and you'll have the beginnings of all sorts of fridge lit!
3.) Bookends- Find some hardcover books that catch your eye. Depending on weight, glue together a minimum of 2-3 books together and let them dry for at least 48 hours. If you decide to pile the book with the spines horizontal, you are all set. If you plan on standing the spines vertically, make sure to glue the covers of the end books to the first page so they don't fan out.
4.) Tables- Glue a stack of good sized books together and pop a tray, framed mirror, wood, glass, marble, etc on the top. You will literally (ha-ha) have a pedestal table!
5.) Place Mats- Find large format, brightly colored colored children's books. Remove your favorite pages and laminate! Instant place mats that would be fun for your little ones!
6.) Accent Shelves- Measure the length of the spine of your book. Secure two "L" brackets to the wall at the height at which you would like your shelf. Make sure they are within the span of the spine. Place you book on top of the "L" brackets and you have a cute accent shelf for a small display!