I love books. I love libraries. I love bookstores. But I really love used bookstores. My husband and I used to go on dates prowling through all the used bookstores we could find in Salt Lake City. I love old books – the smell, the cool retro covers, the neat little inscriptions you sometimes find in them. I used to buy a used copy of every book I loved, with the hopes that I’d always be surrounded by really good books.
Well, I realized over ten years ago that I’d never have a house large enough to contain my family AND my books, so I stopped buying so many books and resorted to a weekly library trip. Plus, used bookstores are largely a thing of the past now that you can order used books online, and new books aren’t quite as tempting to me.
Even so, I still have lots of books at my house. So I’ve found a couple of ways to decorate using my books.
1. Did you know you can make a stack of books float on your wall? Use these floating bookshelves (affiliate link) to display all your favorite books on your wall in a way that will make everyone ask: how did you do that?
2. Use a book to make a picture frame (click link for full tutorial):
3. Make a gorgeous bouquet of storybook roses to display using this tutorial from 100 layer cake
4. The Honeycomb Home completely transformed an old fireplace and filled it with books – love this!
5. Use book pages to make a pretty wreath, like this one from Vintage Paint and More.
6. You can eve make an amazing headboard out of books! Full tutorial from Design Every Day.
7. This book table lamp from HGTV is incredible!
8. The DIY Mommy shows you how to make gorgeous stars from book paper. These would be fun as Christmas ornaments or hanging up from the ceiling in a kids’ room!