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How to Make a Vintage Book Planter

Turn an old book into a one-of-a-kind planter with our easy how-to instructions.

Kyle Schuneman. Reprinted from The First Apartment Book, copyright 2012. Published by Clarkson Potter, a division of Random House, Inc.

Materials Needed:

  • 1 leather bound book
  • white glue
  • 1 small succulent
  • ruler
  • pen
  • X-Acto knife
  • 1 quart-size zip-top bag
  • scissors

Glue Book Pages Together

Glue the pages of your book together by squiggling glue along the sides and gently pressing it into the pages with your fingers. Make sure not to glue the pages to the cover. Let dry completely, about 20 minutes.

Measure and Mark Square for Succulent

Determine how wide of a space to cut for your succulent; you want at least 2 inches around the circumference of the roots to promote growth. Measure and trace the area you need to cut on the top page of your book.

Cut Book With Craft Knife

Using your X-Acto knife, carefully cut into the box you just drew. You will only be able to cut about 30 pages at a time, so you'll need to repeat this step until you've created a hole deep enough for your succulent.

Line the Box With Plastic

Line the box you just cut with your plastic zip-top bag, making sure the bottom and sides are covered.

Add Succulent

Arrange your succulent on top of the zip-top bag. Be sure to transfer enough soil from the original planter, along with the plant itself.

Trim Plastic Lining

Using your scissors, trim the excess plastic bag around the edge of your succulent, leaving just enough of a plastic liner to keep water from running into the pages of the book when you water it.

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