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Crafts to Make Out of Books

Wi-Fi router cover, utensil holder and bookmark

If it seems a waste to throw out old editions of hardcover books you no longer need, or you have duplicate or unwanted books, repurpose them into items that are decorative and useful. Even handsome thrift-store finds that you'd never read can transform unsightly Wi-Fi routers into eye-catching decor, be converted into a charming kitchen utensil holder or be recycled into bookmarks, for gifts for fellow bibliophiles.

Wi-Fi Router Cover

Materials needed for Wi-Fi router cover

Things You'll Need + Utility knife + Ruler (optional)

Use a book the router will fit inside.

Find a book that is wider and taller than your Internet router. The book must be big enough for the router to fit comfortably inside.

Mark the size of the router on the book.

Center the router along the outer edge of the book pages and open the front cover. Mark the width of the router on the top page. Add a little extra room to each side, and make another mark. This will allow the router to slide in and out with ease.

Cut along the outer marks.

Using a utility knife, make a long, straight cut from the outer mark on the top page to the spine of the book. Do the same on the opposite side. You can use a ruler if you'd like to ensure a straight cut, but it doesn't have to be exact.

Cut the pages out of the book cover.

Cut along the edge parallel to the spine of the book so the top page comes out. Repeat on a few more pages. After you have done a few pages, you can begin to cut out several pages at a time to speed up the process.

Place the router inside the hollowed-out book.

After the book has been hollowed out, slide the router inside.

Finished Wi-Fi router cover

Plug your router back in and hide it among your decor.

Utensil Holder

Materials needed for the utensil holder

Things You'll Need + Piece of cardboard (as tall and wide as the book spine) + Utility knife + Cutting mat (optional) + Glue gun and glue sticks + Loose book page

Remove all of the book pages.

Using a utility knife, remove the pages of the book by cutting along the inside of the spine to remove the binding.

Cut the cardboard to fit inside the book.

Lay your piece of cardboard next to the hollowed-out book cover, and mark the height of the book on the cardboard. Cut the cardboard to match the book height. This does not have to be an exact measurement.

Measure and mark the width of the book pages.

Lay your piece of cardboard next to the book pages you removed, and mark the width of the pages on your cardboard. Cut the cardboard to be the same width as the book pages. This does not have to be an exact measurement.

Wrap the cardboard strip in a book page.

Wrap the strip of cardboard in one of the loose book pages, and glue it in place. If your book page is longer than your piece of cardboard, cut off any excess paper after you have glued it.

Glue the cardboard piece inside the hollowed-out book.

Place the cardboard piece inside the book opening, about 1/4 inch from the edge. Be sure it is straight so that the book's bottom will be level when you stand it up. Glue the cardboard into place.

Finished utensil holder

After the glue has set, fill the book with your favorite utensils.

Bookmark

Materials needed for the bookmark

Things You'll Need + Utility knife or hole punch + Cutting mat (optional) + Decorative ribbon or fabric

Remove the spine from the book.

Using a utility knife, remove the book cover from the pages, and then cut out the spine of the book cover.

Cut out a small hole at the top of the bookmark.

Cut a small hole in the top of the spine with the utility knife. Depending on the book spine's thickness, you could use a hole punch instead.

Tie a ribbon onto the bookmark.

Tie any ribbons, cloth scraps or fabric that you like through the hole at the top of the bookmark. Tie enough fabric around the top so the bookmark can easily be seen when the book is closed.

Finished bookmark

Give your new bookmark as a gift or keep to use at home.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use caution when using the utility knife and hot glue gun.
  • Some old books can be valuable. Check the value of the books before cutting them up.
  • Use a cutting mat when using the utility knife to prevent cutting your work surface.

About the Author

Kenzie Mastroe is a video editor, producer and television writer based in New York. She has written scripts for reality TV, commercials and documentaries. Kenzie has an infinite love for science and all things astronomy. She is an active member of the amateur astronomy community and has a passion for travel, photography, crafts, cooking and the outdoors.