Monday, March 10, 2014

DIY Children's Bookcase

DIY Children's Bookcase by GYCT
A few years back I decided I needed to organize my little boys books.  As he has TONS!!  So I came up with this simple but very useful forward facing bookcase.  It is still in use today.  It has moved rooms and is now full of even more books.  (See how I rotate books in THIS post.)  But it is in great condition and now the baby girl loves to pull books off and look at them.  Thought I'd share so you can get organized too!

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Materials Needed:
Large Box
Fabric
2-3 Dowels
Mod Podge
Paintbrush
Books

DIY Children's Bookcase by GYCT
I started with this great printer box. You'll want a box that is very thick so it will last longer then a few weeks.

DIY Children's Bookcase by GYCT
I took a knife and cut the shape I wanted.
DIY Children's Bookcase by GYCT
Then I took fabric and Mod Podged it to the box. You could do the inside also, but I didn't have enough fabric. (I just used some scrap fabric.)
DIY Children's Bookcase by GYCT
Take some dowels and cut them the length that you need. I used for so that I would have 3 shelves. You could use 5 or 6 for more shelves.
DIY Children's Bookcase by GYCT
Punch holes in the side of your box and make sure your dowels hang out slightly. You don't want the books to snap your dowels.
DIY Children's Bookcase by GYCT
Now pick your shelf fabric.
DIY Children's Bookcase by GYCT
Drape it over your dowels so you know where you need to make you dowel slots. Then sew across your slots. I doubled my fabric so it would be stronger and I'd have the pattern on the outside and inside.
DIY Children's Bookcase by GYCT
Slide your dowels through.
DIY Children's Bookcase by GYCT
And your done!! Now add books.
DIY Children's Bookcase by GYCT
Isn't it cute!
DIY Children's Bookcase by GYCT
I love to see all the books from the front. And it is the perfect size for my little man.
DIY Children's Bookcase by GYCT
He came right in and picked his favorite book off!
Total Cost: 1 Printer and about $2.50 for the dowels!!
Of course, you could get a box for free down at your grocery store or from the office.
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4 comments:

  1. This is SUCH a clever idea. I love that its made from a box. My three year old has a hard time putting books back on the shelf, but I think he could do this!!! You've been featured today at the Create Link Inspire Weekend features over on Nap-Time Creations... {my blogs going through a few changes so ignore the dust ;o)} Emily@nap-timecreations.com

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    1. Thanks Emily! We love this bookcase! Being able to see all the books is so important and much easier to keep organized. Unless the baby is trying to use it as a ladder. :)

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  2. Hi, this is such a great idea! Can you use super glue or fabric glue instead of thread?

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    1. I think either of those glues would work just fine.

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