How to old book desk organizer DIY

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Have a book or two laying around?  An old book you don’t want to get rid of, but really don’t read anymore?  Maybe you love to go to the thrift store and buy a good book here and there because you love the way they look, and you’ve acquired one too many.  No matter your bookstore habits, (I’m a bookstore whore, and I’m not ashamed to say it) today Steph is here to teach you how to turn an old book into a super cool DIY. – Allison

Upcycled Book Organzier

Hey! It’s me again, Steph from Stuff Steph Does again, and I’m here to show you a super simple DIY project from old books that will help organize your work space while looking really cool at the same time!

While out flea market shopping with my two girlfriends in Chicago last year, we came across these beautiful, old, vintage-looking folded books for sale at a vendor’s booth. While they were cool, we balked at the 20 dollar price tag. Twenty bucks?! We can totally make these ourselves! And just like that our day of flea market shopping was cut short and we made our way to the thrift store to find some good books for folding to spend the rest of the afternoon making these fun folded book organizers.

This is an easy project that’s fun to do with a group of people or while you’re just sitting in front of the TV and want to do something with your hands.

How to old book desk organizer DIY

What you’ll need:

  • Book
  • Glue (sometimes)

That’s probably the smallest DIY supply list ever, right? If you don’t have any books that you’re ready to make unreadable (because they will be after this craft), head on over to the thrift store and you’ll find plenty of books for under a dollar each. Look for books with yellowed pages and smaller text. Go for paperback, too.

Upcycled Book Organzier

Get ready to get your fold on! Simply fold back each page lengthwise toward the center of the book. Your fingers are going to get a little messy as the ink will smear a bit, but it will wash right off, no problem.

Upcycled Book Organzier

I picked this book above for its yellowed paper, good text size, and red-edged pages. However, the book was so thick that it ended up making an entire circle instead of laying flat. I glued the covers together to make a full cylindrical organizer that can stand on end. If you want yours to lay flat on the table, 300-ish pages seem to be the golden ticket. When the books lie flat, there is no need for glue at all. The pages stay put on their own.

Upcycled Book Organzier

Make a bunch of these to organize your receipts, note cards, photos, or whatever else you have cluttering up your work space.

Upcycled Book Organzier

Have fun making a cool folded book organizer.  They’re one of a kind, (sort of).

Happy Crafting!

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Stephanie Hayward

A designer, maker, crafter, and blogger, Stephanie Hayward spends her days designing buildings in Columbus, Ohio and nights blogging about design, DIY, and (attempts at making) good food at Stuff Steph Does. She lives with her partner in crime, Brandon, and their spunky little dog, Lucy.

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