If there’s anything I love almost as much as drop cloth, it’s brown paper. Whether it’s on a roll or in the form of a bag, I can find a use for it!

Can you see where I’m going with this?

I have TONS of textbooks from college. And while a literature major might proudly display the classic works they studied, I doubt my thermodynamics book would look great on a book shelf. I’ve basically been hiding them in a closet. They’re not worth much in their heavily abused state, and I feel that I may one day need to recall the information in them so I guess what I’m saying is that I can’t just give them away. But, I can upcycle them!

Using some brown paper grocery bags, and the classic book cover method of my early school days, I turned these paperweights into…well….nice paperweights.

Covered books are all the rage in stores like Restoration Hardware and Ballard Designs. I’ve also seen books covered with canvas, burlap, linen, and allll kinds of other neat things. Check out these finds from around the interweb.

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Have you covered any books lately? Used any interesting materials to do it?

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