Thursday, July 29, 2010

1,000 Uses For 1,000 Words

A recent discovery of this artistic recycling trend has me wishing I had some expendable books in my collection.

People do some pretty cool things with their old tomes, and my brain-wheels are turning now ...

'Book' bookshelves are popular, and some of my favorites. (above from Design Squish)
An iPod carrier (I don't know why you'd want an iPod carrier ... But you could put anything in there, really) Courtesy of

Books can be planting pots Sculptures Even lighting fixtures (called 'Boeklampen')

Or cool bags! (top from, bottom courtesy of OhMySoCute .com)

It wasn't long before I was eyeing my trashiest paperbacks with malicious intent.

On the chopping block:

The one on the left was an emergency 'I ran out of books to read and have an 8 hour flight' airport grab. The other two were both found abandoned in classrooms at school; I was pretty excited about their covers, so I nabbed 'em.

Just to test the waters, I decided to give poor long-haired, silk-shirted Sebastian a little taste of my drill.

(insert maniacal evil laughter here)

He didn't like it.

But I DID.

Actually, it was really really really seriously fun (my Dad used to be a librarian ... I have a psychological conflict regarding proper book treatment).

Except I'd really been hoping for a cleaner cut. Still, the brain-wheels will keep turning. I think maybe I just need to take a saw to Sebastian.

(Insert ominous 'Dun, dun, duuuuuuunn' here)


  1. WOW! Really cool ideas for books......Now my wheels are turning........

  2. Wow, great post! LOL about drilling through a book. I am glad to have found your blog and look forward to reading more...

  3. Cool book shelves! Love the book pots too!

  4. Thanks, guys! If I ever do something more 'constructive' with Sebastian, I'll be sure to let you know :)

  5. Yeah, aren't these great ideas??!! I have the invisible book shelves in my spare bedroom. :) Following along now thru Colleen's Mural Maker & More blog. Pam @ Sallygoodin

  6. Great post! Silly as it sounds, I bet my stepdaughters would love those i-pod holders! ;)

  7. Excellent! I totally want one... except that I have no idea how to do anything even semi-productive, nor do I own any tools. Maybe this will motivate me to learn to be more like you. ;)