We've all seen this gorgeous book planter doing rounds on the Internet (ahem! Pinterest), and it had become sort of a borderline obsession for me. Last week, I got my shipment of mini succulents and the project was good to go.

It looks near impossible, but honestly, it was easy peasy! Not to mention how adorable they are! I cannot take my eyes off them!

As a book lover, the idea thrilled and hurt me at the same time. So I picked an old book, on a boring subject, and this way, it seemed to me like giving it 'new life' again!

And succulents don't need much water at all, so no worries about watering daily. They need just a few teaspoons of water about once in two weeks. They are happier in dry soil! Aren't they super-nice?

This project has been entered into the 'Low water Gardening' contest. If you like it, please vote!

For this project, you will need:

1. An old hardbound book, atleast 1.5" thick - the length depends on how many plant you want to fit in. I got mine from Goodwill ($2).

2. an X-acto knife or a good quality box cutter. ($4)

3. Elmer's glue ( or any other liquid glue) ($1)

4. Plastic sheet ( decently thick, or double line it). I cut off a roll of plastic drop cloths (98c). Just a thick plastic bag will do.

5. a brush (to spread the glue evenly) (98c)

6. Medium sized pebbles from Dollar Tree ($1)

7. Succulents from Succulent Source ($15 for 5 plants incl. shipping costs)

8. Fairy garden accessories (optional)

Note:I made the accessories myself by gluing tiny branches to make benches and doorways. The pathways are wood chips from the playground. The make-believe well is an empty tealight. Butterflies are from an old earring. Blue rocks are from potpourri mix.

Step 1: Glue the Sides of the Book

1. Open the book to the page where you want the plants to 'pop out of'. Choose a pretty page. This will now be your planter's top / first page.

2. Pour a decent amount of glue on the three unbound sides of the book (excluding anything before and a few pages after your selected top page) and using your brush, spread it evenly and let dry completely.

3. Place weights on the book as the glue dries. Makes for a better bond.

This is quite an important step. The pages won't move while you're cutting out the insides of the book, making your work SO much easier!

<p>I love this! I just saw Muhaiminah's teacup planter and now this, so much magical goodness. The book is a great home for it. </p><p>This reminds me of my favorite art piece last year at burning man. It was inspired by the old woman who lived in a shoe fairy tale and had a library inside where all the books held small treasures inside. There are some photos of it <a href="https://www.facebook.com/StoriedHaven/" target="_blank">here</a> in case you'd find it as inspiring as I did (I'm not affiliated with them, just thought it was really cool)!</p>
<p>Thanks a lot Natalina!!! Oh my, thank you so much for sharing the Burning Man! It is so fabulous! I am a sucker for fairy tales and this is like watching it come alive!!!! What a beautiful installation!</p>
<p>I'm in love with this garden! Awesome work!</p>
Awww Muhaiminah! Thanks so much! I checked out your teacup planter - that's the project I first wanted to do, but I went with the book because I love books and it felt right in my living room. I love your instructable - so detailed, esp with the skewer furniture! Brilliant!

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