6 Brilliant Ways To Decorate Your Home With Old Books

Audiobooks and ebooks have their merits, but there is still something wonderful about curling up with a tangible, tactile, printed book. When you finish a gripping new read, maybe you like to pass it on to a friend, resell it or donate it to a good cause. While these are all great ways to pay a great book forward, some of us love to hold on to our books, if only just to stare at and remember them long after we’ve turned the last page. If you’re a voracious reader who likes to keep your old books, you’re going to want to check out the many ways you could be decorating your home with them.

All books, from thick, hardback reference books to small paperback novels, can gain a new life and freshen the décor in any room. So hang on to that reading stash and check out these captivating upcycled book projects.

1. Risers

Decorating tables and other surfaces with objects of different sizes and heights adds drama and dimension. Use stacked books as platforms for candles, bowls and other items for instant appeal.


2. Headboards

Find a piece of plywood the size of your desired headboard and cover it with open hardcover books by nailing them in place. Make it colorful by displaying the covers or open-nail them page-side out, as All That Is She demonstrates, for literary flair.

All That Is She

3. Christmas Trees

Skip cutting down a pine tree and nix the plastic, store-bought version as well. Instead, stack your favorite books in a pyramid shape. Add garland, lights and ornaments for a storybook holiday decoration. Or do a smaller, table-top version like the one pictured.


4. Floating Shelves

What better way to stack books than on a shelf made from a book? By attaching a couple of simple L-brackets to a sturdy hardcover book, you can create a small shelf that seems to float magically on the wall, as blogger WhoaBella shows here.


5. Planters

Display a small cluster of succulents inside a poetry book or other tome. All you have to do is cut a hole, glue the pages together and add some soil.


6. Wreaths

Large, textured wreaths are on trend and can cost a pretty penny. Make your own by upcycling book pages into rosettes, cones or other interesting shapes and attaching them to a basic wreath form, like blogger Carolina Charm does here.

Carolina Charm

Of course, if you’d rather just read your books, we’re okay with that too!