DIY decorating with books | How About Orange

October 13, 2010

DIY decorating with books

If you need a cheap decorating idea that will make you look smarter, check out these tutorials using books as wall art. You probably have a million books sitting around already. If not, hit up your nearest garage sale, rescue some from a dumpster, or take some from the stacks on the floor at my house.

Bookshelf made of books by McJulie-O (scroll down for how-to)
Upside down trick bookshelf by Fungus Amungus
Invisible bookshelf by May December Home that doesn't sacrifice any books, or one that does at Lifehacker
Book wall art at Paper n Stitch

24 comments:

Nicole {www.inkismyfavorite.com} said...

This is a nice collection of ideas. I especially like the bookshelf made out of books!

PaperDollMN said...

I just posted today about my recent obsession with vintage books as decor. Boy are you fanning the fire! Thanks ;)

vanessa @ silly eagle books said...

Fun ideas--I love the wall art the best.

ros said...

Nooooo!!!!!! Don't kill the books! I can't bear to see them being ruined in this way.

Sophie {Red Dust Love} said...

cool ideas! Very funky. Sophie x

DianeY said...

The upside down one would certainly be a conversation piece!

Grandma G said...

That upside down one would drive me insane!

Mum

Kat - cardinalhouse said...

I like them, but it just makes me sad to see books destroyed! I'm SUCH a nerd ;]
xoxo-Kat.

Kate said...

These are all great ideas! My sister and I recently acquired a bunch of old Reader's Digests that have really neat designs on the covers and we've been planning to use them for something. We'll have to make some book art out of them! :)

kleinkeks said...

just discovered your blog today. you seem to be a very creative person. very inspiring! i will watch it in future.

kleinkeks said...

oh yeah - i forgot: i'll link you to my page, it's worth being spread. :)

TeamAwesomeBaby said...

I have an encouraging word for those who think of these books as being destroyed -- think of this as giving these books a new life! After all, there are so many books in boxes and on shelves that may never be opened again, and yet crafts like this can allow people to enjoy these beautiful books for years to come.

I make clocks out of books, and although it sometimes pains me to "destroy" them, I know that I'm also allowing them to be enjoyed, rather than just stuck in a box or on a shelf.

TJ said...

Super cool. Thanks for collecting a few ideas. I totally love the book wall art!

I have a few books that would do ok sacrifices...

Ruthie said...

Sooooo cool - I work in libraries - LOTS of books there...surely they wont miss a few!

Oooo and Ros and Kat - the books will have been read and loved - they have served their purpose and are now going on to a better life!

Rx

Jenn L @ Peas and Crayons said...

SOOOOOO funny! I was just looking at the floating books "bookshelf" at umbra a few days ago. It's really quite pretty if you have similar sized books to stack up and wow guests with. Love it!

xoxo
Jenn

musingsinmontage said...

I am LOVING these ideas! Books definitely go on my list of favorite things... and using vintage books to decorate is now on my to-do list :)

Bridgid Gallagher said...

Absolutely love this! I could use some new shelves...

brittni said...

Thank you Jessica for including my tutorial in such a wonderful diy roundup. What an honor.
-Brittni

Meekiyu said...

oo I those are definitely going into "ideas for my new place whenever I get one" book.

Jill said...

ooh! this makes a book lover like myself happy!

Monica said...

These are great!! I have some beautiful old books that I'd love to try some of these ideas with!

lisette said...

Oh that one upside down is great! Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

When it comes to Reader's Digest Condensed books, I don't think it's fair to say they're being ruined or destroyed. Upcycled is more like it.

Le Maison Belle said...

FYI - the Michael Chabon book in the photo is worth up to $600 if it's a first edition...or WAS...

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