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With the popularity of flea markets and finding neat old things to decorate your home on the rise, we thought we’d share a fun DIY project of turning an old book into a tool or utensil bin.

This easy project will only take you about 20 minutes to a half hour and has lots of different uses around your home.

You Will Need: 

– A Hardcover Book (about 1.5 in. deep, 9.5 in. tall)

– Wood Shims (found at any hardware store)

– A Craft Knife or Box Cutter

– Cutting Mat

– Ruler

– White Glue

– Glue Gun



Step One: Remove the Pages

Using your craft knife, carefully slice the paper in the front and back covers along the spine to remove the pages. Once you have the paper on either side cut, you may have to pull a little bit to get the block of pages out, but they should come out still in tact. Save the pages – we have a really fun project that you  can use them for coming up in a few months! 

Step Two: Cut The Shims to  Size

Next, measure the length, width and depth of the book. Then, mark the lengths of the book on your shims. If you used a book that was 1.5 inches deep, then the shim should be the perfect width and you’ll only have to cut length-wise.

You’ll need to cut :

– One shim for the bottom of the book

– Two shims for the sides of the book (one will go along the spine to give it stability)


Step Three: Cover the Wood

Next, we are going to cover the cut shims with pages from the book. You’ll only need to cover the 2 shims that will show, so don’t worry about covering the shim that will go in the binding for stability.

You may need 2 pages from the book to cover the longer piece. Cover the paper with white glue and spread it around so there are no bumpy areas. Fold the paper around the shims until the wood is completely covered.

We used a piece of tape on the backside of the shim to hold the glued page in place.


Step Four: Glue Wood in Place

With your glue gun, glue the piece of wood reserved for the spine of the book in place.

Then apply a line of glue along the bottom edge of the book. Add the shim that fits along the bottom of the book and hold in place for 20 seconds.

Then do the same along the long side of the book. Add a line of hot glue along the inside edge of the wood to make sure everything is secure.


Step Five: Glue Book Shut

Then, run the hot glue gun along the top edges of the bottom and side pieces of wood. Make sure you add a little bit of glue on the bottom of the shim on the spine where it meets the shim on the bottom panel.

Close the book, hold in place for 2o seconds and you’re done!

The Final Product:


We found that the book we used was a little bit tall for the utensils, so if you are doing this for your kitchen, try to find a shorter hardcover book.

Also, this works great as a vase for dried flowers or a place to hold all of your office supplies on your desk.

If you try this project, let us know how it turns out! Post your photos to our Facebook page  and leave a comment below. 

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