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Curbly Video: How to Make a Planter from a Recycled Book

created at: 07/28/2010

For many, books, as physical objects, can be central to one's home decor. While some store their collections in spare rooms, offices, and spaces out of sight for company; many of us proudly display our libraries as focal points, providing the opportunity to start conversations with guests, family, and friends. Often, looking at one's bookshelves, like peering into one's home, can teach us a lot about who someone is and the things they love. We've grown used to seeing books on coffee tables, night stands, and even in bathrooms. They indicate that someone actually lives in a space, and can always serve as great conversation starters.

So, we wanted to honor the book's place in the home by elevating a single volume into a home design element. And there's no better way to draw attention than to put something living inside of it. And so...the upcycled book planter.  

We used a 4 1/4 inch hole saw to drill out this old, worn collection of Voltaire.

created at: 07/27/2010

And here's smaller option created with a three-inch hole saw, a smaller succulent, and a Modern Library edition of Faulkner's "Light in August."

created at: 07/27/2010

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Donna Shaffer on Nov 18, 2013:

What an absolute GREAT idea!  I love it!  Thanks for sharing this with everyone!  :-)


Anonymous on Feb 05, 2013:

lol @ Anonymous Oct 25, 2012 perhaps you could do with reading a dictionary or two


Poinsettia Redz on Nov 11, 2012:

I agree with Anonymous on Oct 25.  Do not like this idea it seems like such as waste


Anonymous on Oct 25, 2012:

This is the most stupid Idea I've eveer seen. Books are ment to be read.-


Anonymous on Aug 04, 2012:

This is a nice idea however, it is my preference to use two books of the same or different thickness for larger succulents and bigger books to host a variety of cacti. Waterproofing the bottom is best with the addition of pebble sized gravel, then a layer of landscape material to put the soil and plant in works out best. This way one in not limited to shallow rooting plants. 


Nora B. Peevy on Feb 23, 2011:

I added a link to this post in my blog article on recycled book art. I am a fantasy and horror author. My blog is everything book and writing related...


-Nora


Chrisjob on Oct 22, 2010:

The succulent soil compacts very well, and so I haven't had a problem with this, three months in. It has the same drainage issues that all potted plants have. If you're worry about the soil falling through, you could use landscape cloth to hold it in.


Anonymous on Oct 21, 2010:


"....awesome looking, but you missed some steps I think.  The soil just goes straight onto the screen?  What keeps it from falling through?  How do you protect your furniture under it?  I thought the bottom would be solid.  Let me know, thanks!!"



I agree, how do you keep it from damaging the furniture and the soil in?


Anonymous on Aug 13, 2010:

....awesome looking, but you missed some steps I think.  The soil just goes straight onto the screen?  What keeps it from falling through?  How do you protect your furniture under it?  I thought the bottom would be solid.  Let me know, thanks!!


alicia on Jul 27, 2010:

Fantastic! Thanks for this great idea.


elseajane on Jul 27, 2010:

Yet another use for all those books! Great Idea!


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