Repurposed Books Light – A Bright Idea

Once in awhile, I have a “light bulb moment”.
Repurposed books light |
Usually I have to tinker around with things for awhile before I figure out what I’m going to do with them, but when I found a plain white light bulb socket at a thrift store, and I knew I had an Edison-style light bulb at home, the light in my head went on, and I immediately knew what I wanted to do with it.
A few antique books, 2 screws, and an new electric cord later…and my bright idea became a repurposed books light.

Supplies Needed:

discarded hardcover books

Lamp rewire kit

screws ( just a bit shorter than the thickness of your books)

clamps (I used Quick-Grips)

cordless  screwdriver

drill and bit

porcelain ceiling utility light

I didn’t take photos along the way, but I drilled a hole through the book under the center of the light socket (a little bigger than the width of the electric cord).  I cut the hole about halfway through the book.  Then I drilled another hole from the edge of the same book to meet up with the first hole, so I could put the electric cord down through the top of the book, and out through the side of it in the back.  I used 2 long screws to attach the light socket and connect the 2 books together.  That’s it!
Repurposed books light |

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  1. Love it!

  2. hi Angie… that is really a cute lamp. I love those Edison-style light bulbs, but they are so expensive. I have two light fixtures in the works right now but will just use regular clear bulbs. So much fun to make these inexpensive lamps. Enjoy.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  3. Now this is really fun, Angie! I have some of these bulbs and love this look! Thanks for sharing!

  4. What a clever idea and it turned out really well! Pinning

  5. That looks great–what a great project! I want a light bulb like that–where would I find one?

  6. I think you have many light bulb moments Angie…LOL. This looks great…how clever you are!

  7. OH POOP!! Wish you had been creative SOONER! LOL — I had one of these ceramic fixtures I kept thinking I’d use it for SOMETHING and last week tossed it because I looked at it and thought, “Now that’s silly — what on earth could I do with THIS???” SO SO SO Cute!!!

  8. Very cute! I could see it used in many different rooms.

  9. What a cute and great idea!


  10. Great-looking, clever and SO TOTALLY YOU! Love it!

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