As I’ve alluded to, we used many books in our decorations. Specifically, we use Reader’s Digest condensed books. You know the ones, they are everywhere, until you need them. Through random connections over the year, we managed to collect a fair few. Then the crafting inspiration began. We chose these books specifically for the reason that they are all the same size.
I had seen at one point, a succulent planter made from a book. I liked the idea, but didn’t relish the idea of having to use an Exacto knife to cut out the insides of 35-ish books. I brought my husband on board for ideas. He immediately suggested using the drill with a 2-in hole saw. The man is brilliant!
After a couple of test runs, he decided the drill was tearing up the paper too much and the project needed tweaking. While I was crafting some other wedding related item (or watching a movie, I don’t really remember), he created a template. He took a piece of 3/4-inch plywood and cut it down to the size of the book pages. He then drilled two overlapping circles into the middle of the board (You’ll see it in a photo below).
The process went a little something like this:
1. Open book to roughly the middle, so the pages are even on both sides. This helps the book lay flat. Then clamp the template onto the book.
2. Using a drill with a 2 in hole saw, drill out the pages using the template as your guide. You will notice that the drill does not tear up the top most pages. You may need to alternate between the two spaces on thicker books.
3. Remove template. Use clamps to hold pages in place for gluing.
4. Glue to seal pages. We used wood glue. First, squeeze a good amount around the edges and bottom of opening. Second, use your finger to spread the glue around, covering the entire drilled out space. I discovered that wood glue stains your fingers a bit yellow. Since I only used one finger to spread the glue, I cut the fingers off of disposable gloves to make them last longer. Allow the glue to dry before removing the clamps. We usually allowed 30-40 minutes. Due to our limited number of clamps, we worked in groups of 5.
If you’d rather not spend the time to make your own book planters. I will have a few available in my Etsy shop quite soon.