Summertime is when our family reconnects with our local library. Oh how I wish we were faithful about visiting this magical place all year round! But at least during the summer we are regulars.
This year, I wanted to get smarter about keeping track of all our library books to avoid the dreaded 20-minute hunt for that one missing book that needed returned, like, three days ago.
So I put together this super easy library book holder to corral everything. It probably took me two hours of total work time to complete this project.
- Unfinished crate (The one I used is from Crates and Pallet and is available at Home Depot.)
- Wood stain and finish
- Thin sheet metal
- Piece of plexiglass (for the bottom of the crate)
- Four small screws
- Letter punch set*
Step 1: Apply a coat of Varathane® stain in Traditional Cherry to the unfinished crate.
Step 2: Cut out a rectangular piece from the sheet metal using tin snips. (I picked up my pair at Home Depot.) This will serve as your “Library” label.
Step 3: Take a hammer and punch the word “Library” into the sheet metal label using the letter punch set.
Step 4: Attach the label to the center of the crate with four small screws. I recommend pre-drilling the holes first to keep the wood from splitting.
Step 5: Apply a coat of Rust-Oleum® Satin Clear Enamel to seal the piece.
Step 6: Add a piece of plexiglass to the bottom of the crate, to keep books from falling through the crack in the bottom. (I stole a piece from an old picture frame in our basement and cut it to fit.)
Step 7: Hang up the holder and enjoy your new, highly organized library book storage system. 🙂
Do you have any tips for how to keep track of library books?
Special thanks to Rust-Oleum for providing some of the supplies needed to complete this project.