Bound-Up Bookcase

Store all your treasured books and knick-knacks in this DIY bookcase crafted from wooden crates.

| Winter 2019

This upcycled bookcase uses painted apple crates to make a rustic chic place for books and knick-knacks. 

Turn empty crates into a stylish bookcase to fill an open space. Be sure to look around for your crates. They can be old, and they don't have to be identical. If you want new ones, you can find plain, untreated pine crates at most home stores.

Difficulty: Intermediate

Time to make: About 5 hours

Tools & Supplies:

  • 7 apple crates
  • White matte wood paint
  • Medium round sash brush
  • Small roller
  • No. 2 pencil
  • Ruler
  • Large pliers or clamp
  • Drill
  • Fine drill bit
  • 11-foot-long, 3/16-inch-wide natural leather strip



Arrange the crates as pictured to create this DIY bookcase (fig. 1). Pass the leather straps through the crates and securely tie them together (fig. 2). Image Courtesy of Weldon Owen



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