Upcycling Old Hardcover Books: Purses, Tables, Hideaways, and More

Upcycling Old Hardcover Books: Purses, Tables, Hideaways, and More

Amber Byfield
Jan 21, 2011

From their distinct smell to their beautiful patina, we love old hardcover books. Maybe you've got a collection that longs for a new sense of purpose. We were smitten earlier this week with a how-to for making a purse from a recycled hardcover; that, and four other ways to reuse your already-read hardcover collection after the jump!

While we're happy to have our own small collection of old hardcovers taking up space on a shelf, there are plenty of creative reuse ideas to breathe new life into them. Here are a few we liked:

1. Have hundreds? Make a counter. Have fewer? Try your hand at making a designer-inspired shelf, like this one made of National Geographic magazines.

2. Make this awesome hardcover book clutch.

3. Carve a space into the pages for a special keepsake or even a plant.

4. Make your own hardcover-inspired photo frame.

Have any other great ideas for old hardcover books? Do share.

(Image: Flickr member Brenda Starr licensed under Creative Commons.)

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