Saturday, May 31, 2008

My favorite "Book Shelf" and how to instructions

A few years ago I came across this idea in an now discontinued magazine--how to make a shelf out of books. I think it originated from designer Shannon Quimby.
Anyway, here's how it works:

First off, you'll need old books, mounting table and L-brackets--2 per shelf.

I pick up old books mostly at thrift stores and garage sales for under $1.00. I collected a selection that I liked and stacked three or four of them on the kitchen counter to see if they all "went" together. Then I measured the width of the book and cut mounting tape accordingly, taped it to the back of the book and secured the next page over the tape forming a 'pocket' for the L-brackets to fit. Make sure you tape at the furthest end of the page.

Then slide the book onto the L-brackets and close the book.

Then stack the rest of the books on top and decorate! Ta Da!!

Hope I made the instructions clear enough for you--if you have any questions, feel free to email me. Also, if any of you do this, I'd LOVE to see your pics!!


  1. I love this!! Thanks for inspiration! Have a nice weekend!

  2. I've always wondered how you did that! Thanks for the instructions too. Some of us are dorks (namely me) and can't quite figure out how you make things work!


  3. Very, very, very COOL! Love it!! Blessings.. Polly

  4. Hi Myrna
    A backyard balcony is great! I'll add your name to the list> I am so glad you want to join the party. It's going to be fun!
    Hugs, Rhondi

  5. Oh yes, I saw this a long time ago and thought it was sucha great idea too.......yours look Fab~U~lous!! Great instructions too!!
    Hope your doing good and having fun here in BlogLand!
    I have been busy with work and computer stuff...Fun, Fun!! :)
    Take care!

  6. What a great idea Myrna - just love the little book-shelves - so sweet and simple and creative. I may just have to do that in my litle shop :o) Thanks for the inspiration!!! I love all the book decorating ideas you shared in your previous post too - perfect! Thanks, and have a great week!!

    Hugs and blessings,
    Becky S.