How to Make a Decorative DIY Planter Cover With Old Books?
Did you know you can use and turn old books into a lovely planter cover for your old, ugly vase?
Let’s see how you can do that!
Where Can I Find Old Books?
For this creative project, you will need to use the covers of two old books. Often, homeowners are unaware of the large quantity of old books that can be found in their houses. So, start by looking in your house, in your study room, in the attic, on your bookshelves or in your kids’ rooms or cupboards. Or, if you are on really good terms with your neighbors, you might try asking them.
If you still can’t find any used and old books, then you’ll have to use a few dollars and buy them at the following places:
- Flea markets
- Church bazaars
- Thrift stores
- At your parents’ or grandparents’ house
Making a Nice Cover to Hide an Old, Ugly Vase
Materials You’ll Need:
- Duct tape
- A craft knife or scissors
- Two hardback books with any covers that you want
Time needed to make this DIY project: 10-15 minutes (or more)
Instructions on How to Make a Nice Cover to Hide an Old, Ugly Vase?
Step 1: The first stage includes cutting book pages from covers. With the help of a craft knife or a pair of scissors (large ones), try to make a cut along the side where the book pages meet the inside of the cover. This same step should be repeated on the other side.
Once you are done with the first book, proceed to do the same step (twice) on the second book. Once you’ve separated the cover from the book pages, the inside of the cover should be empty.
Step 2: After cutting out the pages from the book, line up the bottom edges together and with the help of some duct tape, stick the two covers together.
Important Note: The duct tape should be trimmed so that it stays just under the top edge of the book covers.
Step 3: Let the covers be right side down on your worktable and start adding a length of tape to an edge of the cover. Take the covers and make them stand upright on the work table. Then, butt one open edge with the other’s book cover, and then line them up. With your hands, press the tape properly to securely attach both covers together.
Important Note: Again, it is important to make sure the tape is trimmed so that it stays right under the top edge of the cover.
Step 4: Now, if you’ve followed the steps properly and made sure the tape was trimmed, your planter pot cover will be ready. If it’s not, read through the steps again –slowly this time – and try to repeat it. If, after two tries, your planter pot cover is not ready, you can just send us your issue in the comment section below and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Or, you could request the help of a friend-someone who’s a good DIYer.
Step 5: It’s time to use the planter cover you’ve created, so just place it over the vase or the plastic planter. And, when you are not using it, just flatten the covers and store them in a cupboard until you are ready to use them again.
“I live in a neighborhood where several of the houses were decorated by designers. Every one of them have Readers Digest books in the book shelves. What was once old is still used by designers. This was a cool upcycle!”
Linda L Weeks says:
“Another clever, eco-friendly project! I used to work in a library, and yes, libraries do throw books away sometimes, and I hope no one takes issue (!) with the Readers Digest books being reused this way. You found a cool color to use, and your text compliments the book as well! good work!”