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10 Crafts to Make With Book Covers

Updated on December 12, 2012
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HeadboardCloseupBook spine shelfE-Book or Kindle holderFramedPicture frame - BeforePicture frame - AfterPurseHide your router or cable boxStash your valuables Hand painted Bookmarks
Book spine shelf
Book spine shelf
E-Book or Kindle holder
E-Book or Kindle holder
Picture frame - Before
Picture frame - Before
Picture frame - After
Picture frame - After
Hide your router or cable box
Hide your router or cable box
Stash your valuables
Stash your valuables
Hand painted
Hand painted

Do you have books you're done with but love their covers? Upcycle then with these cool ideas.

We all have books but what do you do with them when you're done? Maybe you donate them, keep them on the shelf or if they are in bad shape, you throw them out. Stop! Don't throw them away, especially if the covers are good. Sometimes old books smell when the pages get old or become unreadable.. Well, you're in luck. Here are 10 great ideas for those covers.

1. Headboard

Just as shown, it couldn't be easier. They are all glued down, overlapping each other. If you don't like the colors of the ones you have, paint them! Instructions in link below.

2. Secret Shelf

Using a box that fits into your shelf, glue book spines on the outside so it appears you have books in your shelf and fill the box with anything you care to hide. No one will think to look behind the books.

3. E-Book or Kindle Holder

Just add elastics to hold down the corners of the Kindle or E-Book. You can also glue down a pocket from fabric, which will work too. But you won't be able to see the screen. It will protect it though.

4. Framed Cover

Great idea for a child's room or if you have a beautiful book cover you just love, just frame it like you would any picture. Place it under glass.

TIP: It doesn't have to be hard cover book. You may have a really cool and colorful book you love in paperback, which is even easier to use.

5. Photo Frame

Please follow instructions on the picture. It will be tricky to cut out the square if you use an Xacto. You'll have to keep cutting away depending on the thickness of the cover.

6. Purse

You'll need to buy a handle unless you have an old purse you don't like you can take handles off. Glue a pocket on the inside.

TIP: Embellish with rhinestones or lace, ribbons, flowers, etc. Personalize it.

7. For our router or cable box

Great idea for hiding the boxes. It will look like a book and those annoying flashy lights won't show.

8. Book Safe

Empty the book using your Xacto, leaving only the cover and glue fabric or cardboard to the inside to keep the pages together, paint the inside and store anything you want in there, place on the shelf.

9. Canvas

You can use the outside of the cover or the inside. Either way, book covers make great canvas for painters. If you cut them in half, you have two pieces to work on and they are a great size. Attach a hook to the back for hanging or place under glass and frame.


Cut off the spine, attach tassels or ribbon and you have a unique bookmark Remember you can use paperbacks as well. If you know the persons' favorite book, this would be a cool gift for the reader in your family.



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  • Rosana Modugno profile imageAUTHOR

    Rosana Modugno 

    6 years ago from 10th Kingdom

    Thanks again. I used books for painting when I was younger...cheaper than canvas.

  • carol7777 profile image

    carol stanley 

    6 years ago from Arizona

    Some clever ideas here with bookcovers. Going to bookmark this for future use. Thanks for sharing all this.


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