Turning an Old Book into a Planter: A Tutorial

Turning an Old Book into a Planter: A Tutorial

Jason Loper
Oct 22, 2010

I have been absolutely obsessed with old books upcycled into planters since Trent pointed them out back in May! When I came across a few old books with amazing covers but dull pages that I'd like to convert, I set out in search of a tutorial.

I'm a visual person and sometimes even the most obvious things are a little easier for me to grasp when I see them demonstrated. So when I realized I wanted to try making my own book planter, I knew it would help if I could find a tutorial.

Luckily the folks over at Cottage Hill blogged a how-to earlier this month! And it really is an easy process.

Start by hot gluing the two books together. Then, mark where you would like the hole for the planter to be. With a 3" bit, drill the hole. The folks at Cottage Hill suggest taking the drilling very slowly. And this is why I appreciate a tutorial. That's one little tip that comes from experience and I'm sure I would have ruined a book or two trying to zip my way through it had I now known to take it slowly.

The other helpful tip I gleaned from the how-to is to use an empty sour cream container, cut to the height of the book, as a vessel for the plant inside in the book. It may seem obvious, by I was scratching my head wondering how to keep the book from getting wet and dirty when I put the plant in it!

Images: Cottage Hill

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