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Convert old books into beautiful planters
For ages, I've wanted to make something out of books, but the thought of slicing up a tiny universe for my own selfish needs has always been too traumatic for me to bear. I eventually convinced myself that these books, which I found in a charity shop, were simply going to sit on a dusty shelf until someone else threw them away, so I might as well make something pretty from them, right?

As I sat at the dining room table, hacking at them with a craft knife, my mom's comments on me being a murderer weren't too helpful to my feelings on the situation, but it's a bit late now. So now I have recycled book planters, though I'm terribly sorry to all books harmed in the making of this project.

Posted by Lauren from Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa • Published See Lauren's 101 projects »
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  • How to make a book planter. Recycled Book Planters - Step 1
    Step 1

    Smear a layer of wood glue along the edges of each book you plan to cut open, to secure the pages in place. If you plan on stacking two books, glue them together without putting glue in the area you intend to cut, as this will make it more difficult to cut through.

  • How to make a book planter. Recycled Book Planters - Step 2
    Step 2

    Mark out the area you intend to cut out in pencil.

  • How to make a book planter. Recycled Book Planters - Step 3
    Step 3

    Use a craft knife to slice out the area you marked. Cutting through the cover can take a lot of effort, but just keep going - you'll get there. :)

  • How to make a book planter. Recycled Book Planters - Step 4
    Step 4

    Once the cut area is as deep as you want it to be, glue a piece of a clear plastic bag (such as a ziplock bag) into the cut area, and trim the edges to the height of the book cover. This will stop water and sand leaking into the book when you put your plant in.

  • How to make a book planter. Recycled Book Planters - Step 5
    Step 5

    Put your plant into the book, and look after it according to its needs.

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Eydie T.
Eydie T.
I have to give this a try!
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janine.clapperton.5
janine.clapperton.5 · Hastings, Hawke's Bay, NZ
cool idea, ilove any thing you can make for free
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Urvashi R.
Urvashi R. · 10 projects
Wat a crazy cool idea..gonna try this
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KelliDroze
KelliDroze · Roseville, Minnesota, US · 8 projects
I would totally make these, but I don't have any unwanted books laying around. I should start snooping around charities more! I love the way you described books as tiny universes; I've always looked at them as other dimensions. c:
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