Librarians and book lovers all over the world might be cringing at this post. However, I look at it as an upcycle/recycle of an item that I saved from ending up in the trash or in a landfill. I originally saw a book letter at a friend’s house. She had a “T” book letter on her coffee table. I fell in love with it and immediately started thinking about how I could make my own.
- Band saw, scroll saw or jigsaw
- Ruler or square
My first attempt at making book letters was a complete failure and I ended up with a messy pile of book pieces and a half cut up book. I used my jigsaw with a brand new blade and for some reason this jig saw would cut through wood like butter but get stuck with cutting the book. I felt very defeated. That day I had to end on a good note and switched gears and made something else (link to post to come later).
I had seen online how others had success with a jigsaw so maybe it will work for you. I also saw some posts that used a scroll saw. I have personally never used a scroll saw, but it would definitely be a cheaper option than buying a band saw. We ended up using a small band saw that my dad owns.
I searched for the perfect books to use for this and I knew I wanted to use the word “HI” to welcome guests in our entry way. I found these books at at a thrift store and thought they would be the perfect pair. I think I probably paid less than $3 for both of them. We started out by drawing out letters on the books. An “H” and an “I” are pretty easy to draw so we just used a square. The other option is to print out the letter from your computer, cut it out and trace it.
The large red book was a little more difficult to cut and it almost broke the band saw. It would have been really bad if it broke my dad’s band saw because I need to stay in his good graces because he has a lot of cool tools :-). But luckily it survived and here is the “H” and “I.”Here it is in our entry way.
I love how they look and would love to create more letters or symbols. I am in the process of redoing our entry way and this was just the first step in that process. If you love them too please share them on your favorite social media or comment below.
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