When I visit thrift stores and garage sales, I’m always on the lookout for interesting books, not just to read, but to craft with.  I found this wonderful dictionary at Goodwill and picked it up so I could use the text in projects.  The cover was so nice that I decided to use it, as well.  Now I have a fun mail holder in my office that matches nicely with the books on my shelves!  Keep reading to learn how to make a mail holder from a repurposed book.

(This post first appeared at Dollar Store Crafts, where I am a contributor!)


  • Hard cover book
  • Cardboard
  • Mod Podge
  • Twine or string
  • Hot glue gun


Step one:  Cut the binding to remove the text from the book.

Step two:  Place the book at a 45 degree angle on cardboard and trace.  Add “wings” to the edge of your tracing.  Cut and fold as pictured.

Step three:  Use Mod Podge to adhere some of the book pages to the binding and both sides of the cardboard.

Step four:  Make two holes in the back of the book cover.  (Optional:  I added eyelets to the holes.)  Pull string through the holes and tie to make a loop.

Step five:  Glue the “wings” of the cardboard to the book cover.

Your new mail holder is now ready to be hung on the wall!  You could make one for “incoming” and another for “outgoing” papers.  With hardcover books every where, you could make one in any color or size you like!


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