Repurposed Book Cover


Hey there, lovely – I hope your holidays were wonderful and your new year is off to a fantastic start!  It’s Trash to Treasure Tuesday again with my creative friends and I have another repurposed book project for you:

Repurposed book cover into a storage box- tutorial by Girl in the Garage

Last summer I posted a DIY Secret Storage Book Box project made from old book covers.  This makeover is kind of similar, but in a totally different way.  HA.  You’ll have to follow along and see what I mean.

Sometimes if I find old, not-very-pretty books, I will take the cover off and stack them together tied with rope to sell as decor in my booth. (see below)

Repurposed book cover into a storage box- tutorial by Girl in the Garage

Then I keep the covers for other projects, because why not?

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Here’s one cover that was leftover, which I decided to turn into a repurposed book box for storing special little things.

Repurposed book cover into a storage box- tutorial by Girl in the Garage

Adding Pretty Paper

First, use a paper cutter like this one to make perfectly straight lines.  (I use this thing all the time!  It’s a timesaver for sure.) 

If you don’t have a paper cutter, measure and use a yardstick or ruler to draw a straight line on the back of the paper with a pencil, then cut with scissors.

Repurposed book cover into a storage box- tutorial by Girl in the Garage

Cut two pieces to cover the paper on either side of the inside cover.

Repurposed book cover into a storage box- tutorial by Girl in the Garage

You can use Mod Podge to decoupage the paper on, but since this is such a small area I just used a glue stick and then rubbed over the areas for a minute or two to smooth them out.

Repurposed book cover into a storage box- tutorial by Girl in the Garage

Making the Yardstick Box

Next Guy in the Garage helped me out by quickly cutting a yardstick into four pieces with his chop saw, one for each side of the box we’re making.  (You can buy a 10-pack of these yardsticks Here for projects.)

Repurposed book cover into a storage box- tutorial by Girl in the Garage

First glue one of the longer pieces inside the book spine.  Make sure it’s centered by holding an end piece next to it temporarily.

Repurposed book cover into a storage box- tutorial by Girl in the Garage

You can also choose to add clips to the ends and let them sit while drying.

Repurposed book cover into a storage box- tutorial by Girl in the Garage

Note: I started off using E6000 on this project since it’s my favorite super glue and it’s very strong, but I ended up switching to Loctite which I also had in my stash – it dries much faster and is perfect for a small project like this repurposed book.

Repurposed book cover into a storage box- tutorial by Girl in the Garage

Let the project sit overnight to dry – the glue will take about 24 hours to cure, so be cautious moving it or using it right away.

The Outcome

Here’s the outside of the repurposed book cover box:

Repurposed book cover into a storage box- tutorial by Girl in the Garage

If you turn it sideways and add a few more books on top, it will probably look like a regular stack of books sitting on a shelf.

But here’s the inside – tada!

Repurposed book cover into a storage box- tutorial by Girl in the Garage

You can hide (or proudly put on display… up to you!) any sweet little things you want in here.

Repurposed book cover into a storage box- tutorial by Girl in the Garage

I added a mix of colorful new and vintage jewelry inside for fun.  And oooh, do I love that paper!

Repurposed book cover into a storage box- tutorial by Girl in the Garage

Here’s a reminder of the before and after of this DIY repurposed book cover storage box (which you can easily Pin for quick access later):

Repurposed book cover into a storage box- tutorial by Girl in the Garage

Don’t forget to visit my friends’ makeovers for Trash to Treasure Tuesday:

Trash to Treasure Makeovers

Below are the Before photos – visit the links underneath to see the Afters and learn how they did it. They always amaze me!

Trash to Treasure Makeovers1. Prodigal Pieces
2. Artsy Chicks Rule
3. Confessions of a Serial DIYer
4. Bless’er House

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Here’s another repurposed book project you might like:

How to Make a Secret Storage Box From Old Books

DIY Secret Storage Box From Old Books - Girl in the Garage
Talk soon, friend – I appreciate you!   xo Jen

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12 Comments on Repurposed Book Cover

  1. Larissa ~ Prodigal Pieces
    January 8, 2019 at 4:21 am (1 week ago)

    Fun creation and so handy.

    Reply
  2. Christy James
    January 8, 2019 at 9:54 am (1 week ago)

    I love this project SO much, Jen!! I want to make one now!! XOXO

    Reply
    • Jen, Girl in the Garage
      January 8, 2019 at 1:15 pm (1 week ago)

      Aww thanks Christy! I have more book covers… I’m deciding whether to make more of these boxes or save them for something else, ha!

      Reply
  3. Marcie Lovett
    January 8, 2019 at 10:11 am (1 week ago)

    What a great idea, Jen! I’m thinking of all the possibilities….

    Reply
  4. Jennie
    January 8, 2019 at 11:06 am (1 week ago)

    I love this! I work in publishing, so I always have extra books around.

    Do you have any suggestions on what could be done to cut the yardsticks without a chop saw? (I live in a small city apartment and have basic household tools/no room for more.)

    Reply
    • Jen, Girl in the Garage
      January 8, 2019 at 1:13 pm (1 week ago)

      Thanks Jennie! I tried cutting the yardstick myself first with just a regular saw and miter box – it worked alright but the ends were a little jagged (nothing that sandpaper wouldn’t fix). Your cuts won’t be as crisp, and it may take a little more time, but it’s definitely another option besides using power tools. (You do need some arm muscles LOL) There are many options, but here’s a really inexpensive one on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2RCj0rc Hope that helps!

      Reply
  5. Robyn Wright
    January 8, 2019 at 1:14 pm (1 week ago)

    It looks soo much better “after”.

    Reply
  6. Dyan
    January 10, 2019 at 10:16 am (6 days ago)

    SO adorable using the yardstick! Thanks for the great picture tutorial.

    Reply

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