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27 Incredibly Clever DIYs All True Book Lovers Will Appreciate

Because destroying books is simply not an option.


1. Turn your staircase into a giant library.

No one will be able to deny your love of the written word. Simply paint each step a different color and buy letter stencils in a variety of styles.

But if you want more time to read... why not let someone else do the legwork for you? You can order pre-made book stair decals from this shop — you name the book, she'll whip up the "spine."

2. Write your favorite quote on a pillowcase using a fabric marker.

Photography by A Subtle Revelry in collaboration with Pictilio -

The fabric marker is key because a normal Sharpie would smudge in the wash.

Follow the tutorial at A Subtle Revelry and soon you'll be dreaming of your ~literary hunk of choice~.

3. If you store anything but books in this Harry Potter inspired tote, you're doing things wrong.

If you sew it, they will come.

Learn how to make your own magical tote at Pieces By Polly.

4. Make this impossibly sweet book bin for someone who <3s being read to.

Get the tutorial at Lay Baby Lay.

5. You only need paper, a printer, Mod Podge, and a piece of wood to make your own fantasy book map art

Soon you'll know Narnia like the back of your hand.

Learn more here.

6. Turn your favorite page of your favorite book into an oversized piece of wall decor.

7. Or you could get even more oversized and cover the ENTIRE WALL with a quote.

Go big or go home. Liz of When Boredom Strikes hand lettered the entirety of "The Tale of the Three Brothers" chapter from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows on the wall of her parent's basement stairway. That 's twenty pages worth of writing!

More info here.

8. If that's a bit much, stick to a single page.

You can buy Hamlet or Proust here, or stencil a page of your choice on your own.

9. Bring your library to your couch with this personalized bookshelf pillow.

Take a picture of your book shelf, get it printed on fabric, and turn it into a pillow. Learn more here.

10. Get the Penguin Classic look without actually destructing a book by using postcards.

Want to make one of your own? You can buy a postcard set here.

11. Vintage library card catalogs are awesome, but man oh man can they be expensive: save some money and make your own!

Fake it 'til you make it. Here's the tutorial. (Bonus points for better storage, too).

12. This tote will (hopefully) keep you from ever having overdue library fees again: you can write the due date on the side in chalk.

Now you can worry about more important things. (*Silently implores George RR Martin to WRITE, damnit.*)

Get the tutorial at No Time For Flash Cards.

13. Stitch up this travel ready pillow for your favorite young reader.

The handle makes it easy for them to bring their reading station wherever they may go (to grandmother's house, the park, the library, or even just the kitchen).

Click here to see the whole tutorial.

14. Frame your book collection and treat those tomes like the works of art they are.

These shelves were created by attaching frames to rectangular boxes and then affixing them to the wall.

Learn more here.

15. This comfy book nook is constructed with two wooden pallets.

Take a look... it's in a book... in your corner reading nook.

Find out how to make your own here. If you'd like to add a hanging book shelf to your nook, check out this tutorial.

16. Take "curling up with a book" to the next level with these wonderful floor cushions.

Learn how to make them at Pieces By Polly.

17. Turn your love of literature into a fashion statement with these necklaces.

Head over to The Perfect Pear and Crafts Unleashed for the tutorials.

18. Or this cozy bleach pen scarf.

19. Print out this matching bookmark and bookplate set and your library will suddenly be at least 5x as cute.

Neither a borrower nor a lender be... except of books.

Get the printable here.

20. Mark your (book) territory with these adorable, free printable bookplates by Alice Carroll for Redbubble.

The easiest DIY project is a printable DIY project (because sometimes you just don't have time for anything elaborate).

Download the template here.

21. Lose a dust jacket? Protect that bare book with a fabric cover.

These will also look beautiful stacked on your coffee table. Win, win.

Here are the instructions.

22. Reading in the tub is wonderful, but this tray will cut down on unfortunate wet book incidents.

The perfect project for anyone who literally can't put a book down long enough to bathe.

Learn how to make your own here.

23. Turn any brick into a book look-alike to use as a bookend or to decorate your garden.

Heavy reading.

Watch the video tutorial here.

24. Pair your favorite book memories with your favorite IRL ones using this book photo frame DIY.

You won't damage the book pages or the photo.

Get the full tutorial here.

25. Need some pointing in the right direction? This signpost bookend may help.

26. Or stick a full-size one in your garden to mark the perfect outdoor reading spot.

27. Destroy an obsolete TV? Sure. Ruin a perfectly perfect book? Nope.

Warner Bros.

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