Repurposed Bricks Make Beautiful Books

Brick book display, by Daryl Fitzgerald

Brick book display, by Daryl Fitzgerald.

Talk about a weighty subject! Aussie artist, Daryl Fitzgerald of Light Reading Melbourne turns recycled bricks into literary and, for sure, home decor gold. These made-to-order pavers are hand stenciled with paint and meticulously created to mimic real novels, worn pages and all. What’s especially genius and unique about these intentionally vintage-looking “books” is that their wabi sabi texture, all the interesting cracks and chips, has been naturally revealed by time.

Bummer they aren’t available in America, but that makes sense seeing the shipping fees would be quite hefty. Oh well, I guess we’ll just have to do-it-ourselves if we want to display one or several of these bound brick beauties at home. How fantastic would they make as bookends – they’d be practically invisible!

Now that’s heavy.

Brick books on a blue staircase

Brick books on a blue staircase. source:

Classic brick books

Classic brick books.

Brick books up close

Brick books up close.

Brick books with worn paper detail

Brick books with worn paper detail.

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Would you try to DIY a brick book for your shelves? Would you hand paint or stencil it?

Skaie Knox

Written by Skaie Knox

Decor/Design/Repurposing nerd and DIYer, freelance writer, and the editor-in-chief for HomeJelly. Skaie is also a signed and published singer/songwriter (Fervor Records/ASCAP) and kid's book author (Big Bug Lunch!). She was voted "Class Clown", and is a rescue dogs crusader.


  1. Erin @ The Great Indoors on November 23, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    How cool! A tad heavier than the originals, I’d say!

    • Skaie Knox on November 28, 2012 at 6:38 pm

      @Erin…yes, we agree! They are cool and their heaviness makes these great book ends! Thanks for commenting!

    • Kris on January 20, 2015 at 4:41 pm

      How would I make these? I have the bricks, paints, etc.
      How do you transfer the actual book/paper jacket and font onto the bricks?

      • Skaie Knox on January 21, 2015 at 1:30 am

        These bricks were all hand-painted. You could possibly try this if you didn’t want to free-hand it:

        1. Print out on regular paper what you’d like to transfer onto the brick. It should be the size of the brick, of course.
        2. Smear/spread white chalk on the back-side of that piece of paper, enough to cover the size of your image.
        3. Now take a SHARP pencil, and trace over the image.
        4. The chalk should transfer nicely onto the brick.
        5. Paint as best you can the details.

        I hope this helps! Good luck and send a photo or two to We’d love to feature it!

  2. Light Reading Melbourne on December 31, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    Thanks for the post Skaie!

    • Skaie Knox on January 3, 2013 at 2:03 am

      You’re so welcome! I LOVE your bricks…hope to come see them in person one day soon!

  3. Small Talk Mama on March 13, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    I love old books, and I love these bricks! I’m going to try this, but I plan to use a transfer medium to see how that works.

    • Skaie Knox on March 13, 2013 at 4:49 pm

      That’s fantastic Small Talk Mama! I’d love to see how yours turns out…and how you did it! Keep me posted! Thanks for jump’n over to HomeJelly!

  4. Felie Hempfling on July 11, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    Such a creative idea, and a great way to add some fun in the garden! I’m not a painter so I’d love to see how a transfer medium turns out!

    • Skaie Knox on July 17, 2013 at 7:19 pm

      I love these, too! I think a transfer medium would work great. Just as long as you have a relatively flat brick surface. It might be helpful to lightly sand it, then clean it really well. Good luck! Send us a picture if you’d like…

  5. maria on November 17, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    Absolutely fantastic

    • Skaie Knox on November 18, 2013 at 6:58 pm

      Aren’t they fun, Maria? Thanks for the kind words!

  6. Fliptrx on December 28, 2013 at 12:36 am

    I can’t wait to go off in my own direction on these for book-ends.

    I want to try using the spines and pages from old books that I pick up in second hand stores along with a clear varnish of some sort and decoupaging the bricks…then wear them down to expose the brick. Then a final varnish.

    • Skaie Knox on December 30, 2013 at 9:20 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Fliptrx! Your idea sounds fantastic and fun! If you’d like to take pictures and send them to us, we’d love to feature you on HomeJelly! Just send them to We hope to hear from you and thanks for joining the conversation!

  7. Shirley Wood on May 16, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    This is so very creative and a wonderful eclectic addition to landscaping! Thanks for sharing!

    • Skaie Knox on May 19, 2014 at 11:56 pm

      We think so, too, Shirley! Thanks for stopping by!

  8. Liz on October 22, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    How did you do your lettering? Are they stenciled? Thanks!

    • Skaie Knox on October 22, 2014 at 6:54 pm

      I personally did not make these bricks, but I do understand it was originally done by hand. I plan on doing this project some day and would absolutely use a stencil. A steady hand and sharp pencil will make the project look fab! Good luck and thank you for stopping by, Liz!

  9. Louanne Calvin on March 5, 2015 at 5:46 pm

    I wonder if using sewing transfer paper would be easier to use than making chalk paper?

    • Skaie Knox on March 12, 2015 at 9:37 pm

      Hi Louanne – good idea! When it comes to DIYing…it never hurts to try different techniques. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  10. Daidria Eckels on March 9, 2015 at 11:59 am

    I make these here in the states! No stencils, all by hand, custom special orders :) check them out! Also on Instagram @revolutiondesign6

    • Skaie Knox on March 12, 2015 at 9:36 pm

      Hi Daidria! That’s so cool! I can imagine how difficult hand-painting would be on such an uneven surface. Thanks for sharing!

    • Mitzie freeman on May 16, 2015 at 7:28 pm

      Would love to see some of your work!! Do you have a website as I am not on Instagram!!! Thanks!!!

  11. Skaie Knox on February 6, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    I’d love to see them! Please share!

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