DIY Friday: Old Book Planter

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Finally, here is my second DIY recycled planter project…Old Book Planter

This one took me a little longer to complete because I had to go to the store to buy some supplies.

What you’ll need:

  • Two old hardcover books
  • 3″ drill bit
  • Plastic cup 3″ in diameter
  • Small plant with short roots (succulents are perfect for this)
  • Two ceramic or metal birds (optional)

What I learned:

  • This is not as easy as it looks
  • I should have bought the more expensive drill bit
  • It makes a mess, best to do it outdoors
  • They have some great books at the salvation army thrift store (must go back)

My husband had to help me with this one. It’s much easier if one person holds the book while the other one drills. Like they said over at cottage hill; you do have to take it slow. Ours didn’t come out as perfectly round and smooth as theirs, the (cheap) drill bit kept on getting snagged on the paper. But we smoothed out the rough edges with sandpaper as much as possible and I put in some moss to hide the mistakes.

With that said, It was well worth the trouble. I love how it came out and have already gotten some compliments.

Check out cottage hill’s Old Book Planter tutorial.


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31 Responses to DIY Friday: Old Book Planter

  1. I’m going ot be featuring you this friday! Come check it out and feel free to add any new projects!

  2. Such a cute idea! I put it on my FB page! :)

  3. Hmm … maybe I could keep a succulent alive. I seem to kill all my other house plants. I even killed a cactus in college, which I hear is pretty hard to do! Love how you mixed the new and fresh plant with the old and aged books. I featured you in my “Get Me Motivated Monday” post this week.

  4. What an absolutely awesome idea and a fantastic and fun site. Totally adding you to my bloglist of blogs I’m reading (and getting lost in) this week.


  5. Adrianne says:

    I am one who believes books are already art – I just love this idea! I would love to see you link this post up at Freestyle Friday, going on now through Sunday night.

    Hope to see you there ~

  6. Calypso says:

    Looks great.. love the ceramic birds…
    I kinda feel bad for the books… especially since I adore Amy Tan. I just couldn’t do this to my books. I love and cherish them all.

    • jackyalsi says:

      I know I felt bad too, that’s why I got the books at a thrift store. And chose a book (the nixon one)n that no one was probably going to read. The Amy Tan book is just there for effect, it was not harmed.

  7. Mimi says:

    Absolutely adorable! I love birdies and little plants I already have some old books and am making this ASAP! And I know just where I will put it so I can enjoy it! I have several succulent plants that I love and will probably use them so I don’t have to worry about watering often. :)
    Thank you so much for sharing this.

  8. It looks really lovely. Very creative of you. Thanks for adding your link to Beach Cottage Good Life Wednesdays.

  9. Rachelle says:

    This is so cute! What an awesome idea. I’d love it if you stopped by my blog and checked out the giveaway I’m having for a Dremel Trio!

  10. Erica says:

    What an absolutely adorable idea! I love it and might have to make one for a friend of mine. Thanks for the idea!

  11. Classic NYer says:

    Okay… so that planter is officially the coolest thing I’ve seen all weekend. Seriously.

    Stopping in from the LBS tea party. :-)

  12. Ms. Blasé says:

    At first I was thinking, “What is that little piece of earth/plant doing sitting on top of those books?” Oooooooh! Now I get it! Sorry, but it takes some of us longer than others to grasp this kind of creativity :0)

    Awesome project!!!

    *LBS tea partier

  13. –I love what you did! FabULOUS!
    coming over from LBS. I’m going to have Hubs make me one of those. WOW.

  14. Angie says:

    Here from LBS. That is extremely cute. I do hope that it holds up long-term. I haven’t ever seen anything like that. What a unique conversation piece.

  15. Peter Prokes says:

    The best thing about books is that you use your imaginations and not someone else’s.
    50 people can read the same book and come up with 50 different scenarios.
    You just have to love books and the amazingly talented writers.
    Jan Peter Prokes

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