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Fun Things To Do With Books (other than reading them)

Break out that glue gun and dig around the junk drawer for an exacto knife (and if you're anything like me,  band-aids. Lots of band-aids.) There's no better way to procrastinate writing than by crafting. Besides, if you're incorporating books into said crafting, it's not really procrastinating, right? Right.

Warning: This is not for the faint of heart. If seeing a book in pain--no matter how old and falling apart--gives your heart palpitations, you might want to click away. But if your love of books has you bursting at the seams and you want to show off your love of literature in some crafty way, proceed.

Check out the tutorial here.

  We're all familiar with the secret compartment book. You take a book, carve out a good chunk of the pages on the inside, and have a nifty little place to store your valuables. Which is all fine and good. But if you're going as far as to shred the book's insides, the least you can do is give it a little facelift on the outside. I'm a big fan of Alice in Wonderland so this one quickly caught my eye.

If your writing desk is feeling a little stuffy why not add some greenery by making these awesome book planters?

I don't know about you guys, but my kindle has become my go to for reading. I lost my car keys the day before we headed out on a four day drive to our new home. I shrugged. I lost my kindle for twenty minutes and my tears could've filled the Atlantic. But sometimes I long for the book 'smell' and the feel of actually holding one in my hands. Enter the Hardcover Kindle Book Cover.

And, finally, if the thought of inflicting damage to a book makes you cringe, here's some cool DIY book stands (the instructions are for iPads, but with just a smidge of tinkering they'll work great for hardcovers or e-readers.

Got any crafty book ideas you want to share? List 'em below!
Amanda Hannah

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  1. That Alice cover is beautiful! For my bridal shower, my maid of honor carved out an encyclopedia to create a box for a game we played. Then, to now waste anything, she used the book's pages to make paper chains, lanterns, and even a veil for me. It. Was. Awesome.

  2. For my Kindle, I have a commercially made cover similar to that hardcover design--except, where the pocket is, there is a little pop-out stand. So I can read hands free (generally when my hands are full of food) and I love it!

  3. I would like a Kindle cover that made it always look like I'm reading some super intelligent book that I'll probably never read. War & Peace, maybe, or some other Russian thing, while inside I'm reading trashy YA.

  4. Ooo! Art! I'm adding this to my round-up.

  5. These are such cool book ideas. Now I just have to get up the nerve to take an exacto to a book!


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