Green Reading: New Uses for Old Books

tumblr_m8n8prFJy21rq27uuo1_400We have all been there; you have books that are worn out or books that have been sitting on your shelf unread for years, but you just can’t bring yourself to throw them away. If this sounds familiar, here are a few ideas for what to do with those books you no longer want or books that are falling apart and have no hope for recovery:

Recycle them: Donate to a local bookstore or recycling center. The tree huggers will thank you and your bookshelves will have room for more books!

Make bookmarks: Detach the spine from the rest of the book.  Glue the spine to a piece of card stock. Now you have yourself a brand new bookmark. Be sure to show all your friends and tell them how cool you are for making it yourself.

Make a masterpiece: Let your creative light shine and use your old books to make a piece of art. Use the pages, the cover, or the whole book to make something unique. You could make a statue, a piece of furniture, or something completely outrageous! Whatever you make, it will be much better than buying something at a store, probably. Be sure to show off your creation on Pinterest!

Stack it up: Make shelves out of your books and then put other books on top!  Books on books on books! What more could a person want?

Disclaimer: Some books were damaged in the making of this post. Don’t worry though, it’s what they would have wanted.

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