Saturday, November 6, 2010

Green idea for old books.....

I just love old books. Especially children’s books. The colors & illustrations are always so fun. When ever I’m out thrifting my next new find, I always see so many of these great books. Many are not in such great shape, but they still have a “life” in them yet!
Here’s a idea that takes hardly any time at all but becomes a useful product in the end.


You’ll need…..old book of your choice, drill, and a clock mechanism . You can either by a new clock mechanism at a craft store, or even better find an old clock at the resale shop & use that one instead (its cheaper too!).
Drill a hole in the middle of the book .You’ll need a drill bit that matches the width of the clock mechanism. Its best to place a piece of wood under the book so that you can drill completely through it. Hold the book down & in place so that it doesn’t slip away while you drill. This will insure a clean drilled hole.

Next place the clock through the hole & assemble the arms. Your book clock is done! Now its time to find a place to hang it. If you want, only drill through the front cover. You’ll then have the option to stand the book open to display it on a shelf or desk.

With so many books to chose from its easy to find one to match your décor. How about a cook book clock for the kitchen? Or maybe sweet vintage baby book for the nursery? The possibilities are endless!

5 comments:

SkippyMom said...

Who'da'thought - what a spectacular idea. I am picturing Christmas presents. Hmmmmm - very good idea. Thanks.

Nancy said...

That's very clever. I never thought about making a clock out of a book. Love it!

Teresa - in the Middle Side of Life said...

very cute and clever! i have some books that i got as a child that are not in good enough shape to give to my grandkids, but they would work for this project.

Barb and Steve said...

How cute Trisha! I bet Kristin could do this for Jaelyn.

Out on the prairie said...

I love this idea, but might cut a hole in the book behind the cover the size of the clock mechanism if I were going to hang it.That way it would hang flatter. You would be shocked how many books are discarded by libraries. I took 300 lbs of nonfiction from one school library where I had spoken, and took them to the Czech Republic with me for another school.I had fun going through your site, Nancy sent me.