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Give The Gift Of Old Books: Succulent Book Planter

School is almost out, summer is getting closer and the end of the festivities are gearing up to get started! And, at the end of each year, I like to present the teachers who have spent more time with my kids daily than I have with a little token of my appreciation. Keeping on the trend of succulents, today’s project should be no big surprise. I am taking old books (dictionaries and encyclopedias to be exact) that were lonely and destined for the landfill and turning them into desktop planters. Follow along as I create a Succulent Book Planter, perfect for teacher gift ideas.

disclaimer: I know that to most, doing ANYTHING besides reading a book is the highest form of disrespect. Please understand, these books were heading to the dump. This project is simply to keep hold of those books that are destined to be destroyed just a little longer. No disrespect is meant by this post.

An Old Book, Rediscovered

Pinning for later! How to make a succulent book planter!

Walking into a thrift store, I have two places that I head for first. I look for an arts and crafts section, and if none is present, I look for the book corner. The shop I frequent has an entire room dedicated to books, complete with a rocking chair near the children’s books.

Also found in my favorite thrift store is a selection of books that they have been unable to sell, marked at 10 cents and 25 cents. I picked up 3 hardbound books perfect for this Succulent Book planter project. I selected dictionaries by Webster and found The Columbia Viking Desk Encyclopedia for less than $1!Finnally! Instructions on how to make this cute succulent book planter!!

Gathering Supplies

For this project, you won’t spend much, but the results will be stunning. You will only need a few supplies, all of which I had on hand (and I bet you will have at least one in your supply box!)

Old Hardbound Book

Mod Podge
Saran Wrap
Succulent Plants
Spray bottle

Exacto Knife

Ok, so I did not have a spray bottle on hand, but the local Dollar Tree did.

Sealing Pages Of Time

seal the edges of your succulent book planter to ensure stability
a few coats of mod podge on the outside edge of your succulent book planter to add stability and longevity!

In the tutorial that I read from, the post said to just use a little white glue to hold the pages together for cutting. For my project though, I wanted to really seal the pages together. I used several coats of mod podge (which I also found at the thrift store for $.99) Let these pages fully dry before moving on.

Don’t Eat Your Words

Making a succulent book planter
draw out your box before you start cutting

The hardest part of this project was putting the knife to the book. I was raised that you MUST respect books. Deciding the perfect place cut and place a succulent was a little nerve-wracking. For the bigger book, I flipped thru the words and found the one I loved the best. Curisioty. Perfectly describes the values our teachers have instilled in my elementary school kids.

Open your book planter to the work curiosity.

After selecting where the cut would be made, the work is slow. Trace out the area, and use a very sharp exacto knife to slice the pages. You should be able to cut out a few with each pass of the knife. Remember, succulents do not need tons of dirt to thrive, making this succulent book planter perfect for the job. Stop cutting pages when you have reached about 3/4 of the pages of the book.

Slowly remove the pages few at a time to make a succulent book planter
The aftermath of cutting up an old book for a succulent book planter.

A Little More Glue

After cleaning up the edges of the pages and getting all of the little scraps out, I took my brush and did a light coat of mod podge on the inside, and before it dried I cut a piece of saran wrap to lay inside. A little barrier to keep your succulent book planter from getting too soggy.Lining the succulent book planter with mod podge and saran wrap!

Dirt and Books

After you have completed the steps above, you are ready to start planting. Choose plants that are hardy and do not need tons of care. I love working with hens and chicks, as well as sedum and trailing jade. Sprinkle a little dirt to cover the bottom of the succulent book planter and carefully place your plants inside. Tamp down and water in.

this is the lovely trailing jade that I love to add to all of my succulent projects!

Give The Gift Of A Succulent Book Planter

This is such a conversation piece. Place it on an end table or on top of your desk. Give this easy succulent book planter as a gift for your favorite teacher or school support staff to show your appreciation for helping your little one grow all year long.

Succulent book planter to give as a thank you gift!
Any place you can cut, you can add succulents! This succulent book planter uses the beautiful cover to add to the small and stunning succulent garden!

As a little thank you for reading this far and supporting this little blog, I have a free printable tag that you just need to print and cut out and attach to your succulent book planter to complete the look!

Gift tags for your succulent book planter
click to be taken to the download page!
Gift tags for your succulent book planter
click to be taken to the download page!

A Warm Invitation

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So tell me, what do you want to see made next?

Until next time,


Before you go, if you liked this, I know you will love these:

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