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

by on Jul 27, 2010

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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.

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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.”

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