Categories: DIY crafts-Published On: May 14, 2024-

DIY Vintage book gift box

vintage book gift box

DIY Vintage book gift box

It’s no secret that I love books. I love reading them and decorating with them. There are also many crafts you can do with books, including one of my book page walls. For this DIY, a hardback book is needed, and the older the better. I love decorating with coverless books because they’re ones I won’t read, maybe they’re water damaged or worn so they’re too brittle, but I love the old look of that glue and string binding. Anyway, you’ll need a hardback book cover and a yard stick (or lath wood strips from Home Depot).

vintage book gift box

The general idea is to remove the book cover from the pages and then construct a box inside the book cover using a yardstick. I decided to buy the yardstick first to make sure the thickness of the book binding matched the yardstick thickness or if the book was a smidge larger that would work as well. A vintage yardstick would have been amazing, but it wasn’t in my budget. I found a lovely book for just a few dollars at a thrift store, it’s a pretty lavender color with a little leaf design on the front cover, and it turned out to be the right thickness too.

Once you have the book and wood, you’ll need the following tools: handsaw, wood glue, and clamps. Not everyone has clamps, so you can look for things around the house to help hold the wood in place while it dries. You’ll cut two pieces the same length for the book spine and outside edge, and then you’ll cut two shorter pieces the same length for the top and bottom ends of the book. You may need to sand the cut edges after sawing. I made a video showing how to assemble the vintage book box and you’ll see just how easy it is. Just wait for everything to dry and then you can add your gift to the book, although the book box is also a gift in itself.

vintage book gift box

This book box will be gifted to my daughter, Sawyer, for her 18th birthday. I put together a Dollar Store photo album with 18 gift cards to her favorite places. She’ll have to come home from college once in a while to spend some of them – so it’s a win-win for her and us. I hope you enjoyed this crafty post and feel inspired to repurpose old books either as decor or possibly as a gift box!

Step by step:

vintage book gift box

Use a craft or utility knife to cut the first and last pages. Separate the book from the cover.

vintage book gift box

Line up the yardstick along the spine and draw a cutting mark. Use a hand saw to cut a straight line along the mark. Cut another piece of the yard stick the same exact length.

vintage book gift box

Set up both long pieces of wood to determine the length of boards for the top and bottom of the book. Mark and cut two pieces, sand ends if necessary.

With all four pieces of yardstick cut and ready, use wood glue to attach the bottom edge of the wood piece along the spine. Wipe away any glue that has squished out.

vintage book gift box

Allow the bottom edge to completely dry before gluing other sides. I used a clamp to keep it upright while drying.

vintage book gift box

Add wood glue along the spine of the book cover and carefully close the book to line up the spine with the piece of yardstick. Wipe away any glue that has squished out.

vintage book gift box

Once smooth and lined up, I used clamps to hold the yardstick piece to the spine to dry.

vintage book gift box

With only the spine piece of wood installed and dry, set up the outside edge piece of wood to help line up the top and bottom pieces of wood. Add wood glue to the bottom and end edges. Wipe away any glue that has squished out.

vintage book gift box

Once the side pieces are glued and squared, glue and add the outside piece of wood to complete the box. Wipe away any glue that has squished out.

vintage book gift box

Use clamps to hold the three pieces together against the spine piece of wood. Allow to completely dry and wipe away any glue that has squished out.

Wipe away any glue that has squished out.

That’s it, you have created a book gift box and can add your gift inside. If I were artistic at all, I may paint a sweet landscape scene along the outside of the yardstick. Luckily for me, the wood color of the yardstick is similar to the color of book pages so it’s sort of like a book safe as well. I hope my daughter enjoys her book box and maybe uses it to collect her jewelry or keepsakes in. Or it can go right back onto the bookshelf. I hope this post inspired your creative gift giving. It really is an easy project, as long as you have time to wait for the glue to dry~ Thanks for checking out this post, be sure to sign up for my free email with more decorating, DIY, and party planning ideas and inspiration.

vintage book gift box

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