Old books, especially children’s books with colorful covers, can make a great clock. All you need in a book, a clock kit, and a drill. Check out a full page of instructions at Design Dazzle. [via Written Word]
Secret Storage Box
A simple place to store stuff or hide valuables, just carve out a secret spot, fill it up, and put it back on the shelf like nothing is different. Wikihow’s got a great guide, including a video.
What better use for a book than to help you store more books? You’ll probably want to go with a big hardcover textbook for this one, as it’ll need to be big and you definitely won’t be able to read it again. This one’s a little more heavy duty, as it involves glue and an ‘L’-bracket. See full instructions at Instructables.
Take advantage of the fact that books, like picture frames, can stand on their own. Here is how.
Want to top your Moleskine-toting friends? Rewrite a classic by gluing a fresh notebook between the covers of a hardcover. You can even leave a few of the first pages in for effect. A walk-through is available at Joe Cassada’s blog. [via Written Word]
LiveJournal user Penwiper337 shows us how to go librarian with this purse made of a few old hardcovers. As you might expect, her instructions involve a good amount of cutting an gluing. [via Boing Boing]
Simple, but bold, you can always use the pages of an old book as wallpaper. Instructions over at Ready Made. [via mental_floss]
A Hardback Book
Perhaps in your search for old books to use you’ve come upon a few withering paperbacks you couldn’t bear losing to wear and tear. Here’s a step-by-step guide to putting a custom hardcover on an old paperback.
True, you can only use a 15-watt bulb, but turns out combining your favorite book and a night light is possible. Directions from Instructables. [via mental floss]
OK, this one’s a little wacky, but yes, pages can make shirts. Kristin Walko made this shirt out of Moby Dick for a contest.
Bonus: Entrance to Secret Room
No list of things to do with books would be complete without a reminder of the classic secret-room-entrance. Here’s the humorous take from Mel Brook’s Young Frankenstein.