Vintage Book Planter

Vintage Book Planter

A couple weeks ago, I scored some vintage books for cheap at an estate sale. I like to use books throughout our house to add depth and dimension to our decor, and also just because I love books. A couple of the books I found at the estate sale were on gardening. Since I had seen book planters on some design boards on Pinterest and because I love plants, I immediately knew I wanted to use the gardening books to make a vintage book planter.

Creating a vintage book planter is relatively simple. There aren’t many tools you’ll need, but it takes some time to cut out the hole in the book for your plants. So, be prepared for that. If you’re results-oriented like me, you might grow frustrated in the process of cutting out the hole. But it’s worth it, so persevere through it.

Here’s what you’ll need to create your own vintage book planter:

  • a vintage book that’s pretty thick. You’ll need a good 1.5″-2″ for your planter.
  • an exacto knife
  • a long ruler
  • glue or spray adhesive
  • plastic wrap or parchment paper
  • soil
  • 2-3 succulents
  • moss/rocks/beads for decoration

The first step to creating your vintage book planter is to spread glue or spray adhesive along the outer edge of the pages of the book. This holds them securely in place while you cut out your hole. You’ll have to separate the pages later as you remove the pages you’ve cut out, but the glue is a necessary step to hold the pages together as you cut.

After the adhesive dries, measure out the size of your hole with your ruler. I chose a 4″x4″ square. Then, using your exacto knife, start cutting out the hole for your vintage planter. This is the part that takes some time. Patiently (or impatiently, like me) work your way through the cover and pages until you have a hole that is at least 1.5″ deep. If you want to add a few rocks to the bottom of your planter for drainage, you’ll need your hole to be closer to 2″. Also, don’t worry about if your hole is ugly. It won’t be seen. Just take a look at mine:

Once you’ve got your hole cut out, line it with plastic wrap or parchment paper. Then, arrange your succulents to your liking and fill in around them with soil. You can leave the soil exposed, or cover it with moss or stones or beads. I didn’t have any moss on hand when I initially finished my vintage book planter, so I used beads, but I went back and added moss later.

And that’s all there is to it! What do you think of the vintage book planter? A great way to upcycle an old book, or sacrilegious vandalism of sacred texts?


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