Have you seen shelves made
out of books on Pinterest?
I have and loved the idea,
so I created my own recently.
It’s just the right size to 
hold a few small pieces, and
create a little vignette on.
I’d like to make a few more variations
of these shelves, because they
are fun  & easy to make out of battered, old books
and it doesn’t take long to do.
I screwed a shelf bracket
to the bottom of the largest book.
The other 2 books are just resting on it.

After making this one, one tip I would
recommend is on the unbound side of your book,
use a adhesive between the pages of
each corner of your book to make the
pages stick together before screwing
the shelf bracket on.
If you don’t, the pages on either side of
the bracket tend  to “fan” out and arch
down.  You can tell a little in the photo above.
You could also leave a cover on the bottom
of your book, to give it more stability.

I really, really wanted to show you the
wall this book shelf is attached to,
but decided I’m still not happy with it,
so I’ll be working on it this
weekend and hope to show
it to you next week instead.
I LOVE the new wall and want to
really be happy with how I finish it.


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  1. What a nice idea to do shelves out of books 🙂 Never seen one before.
    Have a great weekend
    Hugs Erica

  2. super cute!

  3. Angie,
    I have not seen these.What a great idea.Love your vignette.

  4. Adorable~
    I like the shelf– so unique. The tip for the back of the book being left in tact…it good to know, because that hanging down pages would make nuts!
    That’s why you can’t see the pretty photos on my calendar…cause they hang down so I just flop it over!


  5. Love your shelf and arrangement! Have you seen where you attach the bracket to the bottom of the book with the bracket going UP the wall? Then the book actually becomes the shelf and as you stack other books/things, you hide the bracket!

  6. Hey girl, your book shelf is so wonderful! I love it, I have some brackets like those that I could paint and it would be great! Thanks for the chance to see what you’ve made.
    Hugs, Cindy

  7. I like this….

  8. I love this idea! Your shelf looks great.

  9. I haven’t seen book “shelves” before, but I LOVE it. Great idea and I love your old books. Great project.

  10. Your vignette is wonderful The old door lock and other accessories are so unique.

  11. Hi Angie,

    Very cute idea!


  12. Love it…very cute…and I love vintage books. Plus this gives a use for a book that’s imperfect. Thanks for sharing.

  13. I hadn’t seen these. How neat!

  14. I absolutely love this idea!!! And your vignette is just charming. Would you call this a book book shelf? :)Thanks for hosting Knick of Time party and have a wonderful day. xo

  15. This is way too cool. I love everything about it and must have one. Thanks.

  16. What a brilliant idea….hmmm got some books I could do that with.

  17. Love these too! I have the books and the brackets…just not the wall space! Trying to simplify around here…maybe I’ll have to make room 🙂 Looks great! laurel

  18. I LOVE it. So creative.

  19. Angie, this would be so cool to place in a library/study! Maybe using two brackets to support the first book would give it more stability? I need to us this fun idea. 🙂 Sue

  20. This is cute! Thanks for sharing!

  21. Very creative idea.
    Love your vignette and, of course, your shelf!

  22. Love this. I would think that if you sell these in your Etsy shop that will go quickly. Thanks for sharing at Show & Tell.

    Sharon @ mrs. hines class

  23. What a cute idea! It’s like a little work of art!

  24. Love this idea! Looks so cute and vintagey!

    Thanks so much for linking up at Feature Friday FREE-FOR-ALL!

  25. Angela!
    As usual you rock! This is AWESOME and I am featuring you tonight at Get Schooled Saturday! Thanks for linking up:)
    Kim@ Too Much Time

  26. This is such a great idea! Love the clocks too. New follower here, can’t wait to see what else you showoff 🙂

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