10 Creative Ways to Recycle Old Books

ibook.jpgIf you have any old books that you never plan on reading again, here are some fun ways to recycle them:

1. Hide stuff in your hollowed out book.
Read tips on how to hollow books with a ruler, pen, box cutter, and Elmer’s white glue.

2. Make Book Bookends.
Learn how to turn an old textbook into a bookend.

3. Create an invisible book shelf.
Learn how to stack books on your wall without any shelves.

4. Turn a book into a clock.
If you have a book cover you really like, learn how to turn it into a clock.

5. Make a lamp shade out of a book. 
Easy way to convert a book into a lamp shade.

6. Turn a book into an iPod case.
Go ahead and stick your headphones into that book. I’m not kidding.

7. Make table legs out of books.
Any English Major or grad student has probably countless books stashed in their bookshelves or closet. Learn how to make a table out of books.

8. Make a Lift-the-Flap Book for Toddlers
Kids love board books — especially lift-the-flap books. Learn how to make one as a creative gift for that next baby shower or birthday party.

9. Trade your old books for new books. 
There are a variety of websites that let you trade books.  Check out bookmooch.com, paperbackswap.com, and bookins.com

10. Set a good book free with BookCrossing.com
Over 680,000 people in over 130 countries have decided to let a favorite book go free. You simply register your book – leave it at a favorite coffee shop or wherever – and track its progress. Learn more at BookCrossing.com.

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7 Responses to “10 Creative Ways to Recycle Old Books”

  1. That’s an awesome post! *runs off to look at the links in detail*

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  3. that’s nonsense! old books should be the last ones, that is so cruely distroyed…there are many useless new books, that would appropriate for this kind of function.

  4. starts chanting: ‘set them free, set them free, give an old book a new home and set them free!’

  5. My robotics team is looking for free books to sell in a booksale for fundraising. If you are in the NYC area then maybe we can pick it up. Email info@stuypulse.com and we’ll see what we can do.

    Also I wish I had an ipod so I could make that case.

  6. Yay! Now I know what to do with that Dan Brown set someone gave me.

  7. That sounds like great advice. I’d recommend that anyone who is looking for used student books to go to Liverpool Student Books.

    Hope that helps!