Introduction: Make a "Book" Shelf

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I was just sitting around twiddling my thumbs and an idea popped into my head. I wonder if I can make a shelf out of an old book? The answer is yes! It's extremely easy, requires minimum tools and very little time. The end result is a pretty cool little shelf!


-Awl (or something sharp that you can use to poke small holes)
-drill (optional)


-Old hard cover book
-Some hooks
-Two small picture hangers
-A couple of screws (length of screws will depend on thickness of your book)
-Some nice looking string or twine

Let's get started!

Step 1: Make Some Holes in the Corners of Your Covers and Tie Your String.

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Make one small hole near each corner of your book on both the front and back covers (4 holes all together). I used a drill with a small bit, but you could just as easily use a small knife. Then open up your book so it looks like a little shelf. Then cut your two pieces of string/twine so they will keep the cover from opening too far. Feed your string through the holes you made and tie a single knot in each end to keep it from slipping back through.

Step 2: Put Your Hooks In.

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Putting the hooks in is easy. Just mark where you want them to go and twist them in by hand.

Step 3: Put Rear Screws/hangers In.

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Now for this step, the length of the screws you use depends on how thick your book is. First off, see how far through the book your hooks went...They will hold that portion of the pages together. Basically whatever thickness is left over is how long you want your screws to be. This way, the hanger screws through the back will not only mount the hangers, but also will hold the remainder of your book together and keep it from opening when it is on the wall. If for whatever reason your book comes open at some point, you can always just use a little bit of glue between the sections to hold them together.

Step 4: Put a Couple of Screws in the Wall and Hang Your New Shelf!

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Now just decide on a good place for your new shelf and hang it up! Then you can hang some keys up, put your iPod or cell phone on it...whatever you want.

I hope this was a fun little instructable!


jbonar2 (author)2017-02-02

love it

wordscancreate (author)2015-01-04

Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have loads of old books around my house, this will be the perfect solution to my books vs space problem.

ctx1985 (author)wordscancreate2015-01-04

Yeah it actually worked out pretty well!

pichonfrog11 (author)2014-09-11

Wow it's corny but original !

ctx1985 (author)pichonfrog112014-09-12

Haha definitely :)

bellavina22 (author)2014-02-02


ctx1985 (author)bellavina222014-02-02

Thanks so much :)

yasirafzal (author)2013-08-11

Great Idea. Wonderfully implemented, but only I am concerned is my love for books, cannot imagine to destroy any book for this purpose. But I would like to congratulate you for implementing and sharing a very sweet idea.

Thanks and God Bless,
Yasir Afzal Rajput

ctx1985 (author)yasirafzal2013-08-27

Thanks very much Yasir! I do understand how you feel about destroying a book for this purpose, but I thought as long as it is something that is useful to me it's not so bad. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

craftychameleon (author)2013-06-26

this is sweet. i am going to make one when i find a book i'm not too attached to.

ctx1985 (author)craftychameleon2013-06-26

Thanks! Yeah it's super easy to make, and actually is a pretty sturdy little shelf!

brn02 (author)2013-05-26

Aww sweetie pies I love it! Look how crafty you're getting while I'm away ;) haha
If you want to make another one, I have an old Nancy Drew book somewhere in the house as well...I think it's on the bottom shelf of that big bookshelf in the hallway. xo

ctx1985 (author)brn022013-05-26

Haha ok cool, I'll see if I can find it!

Malstrøm (author)2013-05-25

I've got a lot of empty wall space in my room and a lot of old books. This is perfect!

ctx1985 (author)Malstrøm2013-05-25

Awesome! I'd love to see some pics!

acuchetto (author)2013-05-25

Cool! (Aside: I'd worry about having an iPod resting so casually on the shelf without a protective case. Also: Burt's Bees! I carry around the same kind of tin in my pocket.)

ctx1985 (author)acuchetto2013-05-25

Thanks! Hahaha the floor underneath it is carpeted, so I'm not too worried about it. Plus my iPod is pretty beat up anyways lol. Burt's Bees is the best!

Jessie Marie (author)2013-05-25

What a creative idea!! I love it! :D

ctx1985 (author)Jessie Marie2013-05-25

Thank you! :)

ChrysN (author)2013-05-25

Great idea!

ctx1985 (author)ChrysN2013-05-25

Thanks so much!

lindarose92 (author)2013-05-25

I love it! I knew about a shelf made with a book but this is SO much better!

ctx1985 (author)lindarose922013-05-25

Haha thanks! It can actually hold a surprising amount of weight too!

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