In Case You Missed It – Succulent Book Planters

By Lacee Sowell, Marketing Specialist

This should come as no surprise to anyone, but we at the library are all about using books to decorate. We love books, especially ones that have beautiful covers, spines, or pages.

When we stumbled upon a few boxes of beautiful old books, we knew we had to do something with them. So, what do you do with old books that you can’t put on the shelf or sell, but you can’t stand the idea of just trashing?

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Yes, you read that right. We turned our old books into planters and filled them with succulents. It was magical.

The concept was first introduced at our library during our 2017 Summer Reading Program. The theme that summer was Build a Better World. We were all about recycling and up-cycling. The original class was all things books with cubbyholes. We made jewelry boxes, secret book “safes”, and even some planters during the class.

The library sample, created by programmer Bethanie Corder, was a very cute and aesthetically pleasing succulent planter. After the programming team moved to the library’s annex location in May of 2018, the planter became visible to the public on Bethanie’s desk and received a lot of attention…

And I mean a lot.

Due to the popularity, Bethanie brought back the book planter for a Lunch and Learn

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class on August 8. We know some people are unable to make classes in the middle of the day, so we wanted to make sure we shared our handout with those who may be interested in making their own book planters!


Book Cubby Instructions

We also make sure to keep our Pinterest account active and busy, and have pinned different book planter ideas that may be of interest to you. Check it out and if you decide to give this a go, or attended one of the classes, let us know how it went in the comments down below!

laceeLacee is the Marketing Specialist and Adult & Teen Programming Assistant. She can most often be found hiding behind her desk at the Annex, on the library’s social media pages or out in the community doing outreach. She is a MASSIVE fangirl of Elizabeth Hunter (seriously, most staff members can tell you massive is probably an understatement) and loves the Harry Potter series, the Hunger Games trilogy, the Caraval books, and the Red Queen series. Nine times out of ten she can be found reading a YA novel and enjoys most genres. When she’s not working, Lacee enjoys writing and reading, crafting, photography, binge watching TV shows (right now mostly k-dramas and variety shows), listening to music (her favorite is kpop), vacationing at the beach, cuddling up with her fur babies and husband, but mostly sleeping.

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