DIY – Vintage Book Planter

I have a fun DIY that will help bring a little Life into your room. Succulents are a perfect in all-season plant…hardy little buggers. They actually thrive even in my house getting minimal attention. While enjoying my Weekend Wanderings vintage metal file planter, I got the idea of expanding on a recent Book Planter I had seen trending. You may have seen Book Planters in online shops, the ones I saw were pricey at $50 each. Whaaat?! Remember the stack of garage sale books ($2. each) I bought last year for my Book Page Folding DIY?

MML vintage book planter

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DIY Book Planter:

Process: Below is the YouTube video I followed. I cover my optional process in photos…

1- tape computer text & white transfer paper t cover. 2- write over with white gel pen. 3- glue plastic inside hole, glue new title page on, ink distress pages. 4- re-glue cover to spine band together until dry.

1- tape computer text & white transfer paper to cover. 2- write over with white gel pen. 3- glue plastic inside hole, glue new title page on, ink distress pages. 4- re-glue cover to spine band together until dry.

 

1-draw spine with chalk pen. 2- add soil & plants. 3- finished with succulents 4- new version using fake spruce & pinecones.

1-draw spine with chalk pen. 2- add soil & plants. 3- finished with succulents 4- new version using fake spruce & pinecones.

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Optional changes: Create a title page to fit the theme you want the book to have. The other big difference about the way I made my book planter, is that I re-created the cover/spine too. Since my book had a blank black cover I only had to paint out the title of its spine. I then wrote out a title of my choosing on both the cover & on the spine…again doing anything to the cover is totally optional, and since it doesn’t show once opened to hold the plants, it might to be a waste of time. Surely I’m delusional about my time.

Supplies:

  • Hard cover book (thickness: 2-inches, or more.)
  • 2 inch mini-size succulent ($2.00 ea) Tip: the shorter the better to stand in shallow planter.
  • Box cutter knife, or Exacto blade knife.
  • Glue that dries clear.
  • Pencil, pen, ruler or straight edge, computer if customizing type. Transfer (carbon) paper if needed to trace type.
  • Plastic sandwich bag for moisture barrier.
  • Optional: small pebbles, ferry statue, candle, I used fake pine needles & a small pine cone.
  • Optional if customizing title page: paper, computer, + I used ink pad & stencil brush to age paper.
  • Optional if customizing book cover: paint, chalk pen or felt pen, transfer  paper & computer.
    This DIY was simple but does require assembling the supplies first and time to cut that hole. In the end I really liked the fake pine needles & pinecone better than the succulents. The pinecones fit the vibe of the book title I had given it. A perfect indoor project during less than perfect weather. Then when the weather gets better the little succulent can be transplanted to stretch its legs roots.

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