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9 Novel Ways to Reuse a Novel (or Any Other Book)

Just the covers . . .

1. A headboard

This is a super cool DIY project: an easy, awesome way to use up a whole stack of old books (either hard or paperback) without having to be a professional carpenter. Just cut off the covers and use them to create a sort of patchwork over a piece of plywood (paint the edges for a polished look). Mount it above your bed and it’s an instant book-lover’s dream room. This would be especially adorable in a kid’s room, using vintage children’s books.

2. A picture frame

Use a razor or small saw to remove a cutout from a funky hardback book. Voila! Instant picture frame. A rectangle is standard, but a heart, circle, or any other shape would work.

3. e-Reader cover

You can make a really cool case for your Kindle or iPad simply by removing all the pages from a hardcover book. Leave the spine and covers attached and slip your e-reader inside.

Got any other novel ideas? Leave them in the comments!



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12:32PM PST on Jan 31, 2013

don't DESTROY them

3:57PM PST on Jan 30, 2013

why not recycle and donate to nursing homes or to hospitals???

3:56PM PST on Jan 30, 2013

UGH! defacing books... :-(

12:59PM PDT on Oct 5, 2012

gasp. for a book lover like myself this is blasphemy! ll really though, I could never deface a book! regift, donate or reread!

11:23PM PDT on Sep 3, 2012

I give my old books to charity's

3:24AM PDT on Aug 26, 2012

The idea of taking a book, even a crappy one, apart, makes me shudder! I guess if they're beyond repair, these could be good ideas. Otherwise I still prefer giving my old books to a charity shop - they're always looking for more!

11:05PM PDT on Aug 22, 2012

I prefer to sell the old book and buy another used one for reading.

11:29AM PDT on Aug 22, 2012

Good ideas. Thank you.

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