Repurposed Bricks Make Beautiful Books

Quirky / Funky
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.

Photo source: and

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

Print This Project

Written By Skaie Knox

Skaie Knox is a storyteller on a quest to provide sparkling content through copywriting, songwriting and video production. She is founder of HomeJelly,'s key copywriter, a published singer/songwriter (Fervor Records/ASCAP) and kid's book author (Big Bug Lunch!). For doable DIY video tutorials, subscribe to her HomeJelly YouTube channel (for link, click on my nose!).

  • Erin @ The Great Indoors

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

    • Skaie Knox

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

    • Kris

      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

        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 [email protected]. We’d love to feature it!

  • Light Reading Melbourne

    Thanks for the post Skaie!

    • Skaie Knox

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

  • Pingback: Bookshelf: What We’re Reading « 40 Wooster « Wert & Company()

  • Pingback: Top 5 DIY Home Decor Ideas «()

  • Pingback: Elsewhere // 2.1.13 : This Is Star()

  • Pingback: Bella Blithely » Blog Archive » Threads from the Web | 1 February 2013()

    • Skaie Knox

      I’d love to see them! Please share!

  • Pingback: Neobično teška bibliteka « Kreativna planeta()

  • Small Talk Mama

    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

      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!

  • Pingback: Pinterest Tricks | j9sopinion()

  • Felie Hempfling

    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

      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…[email protected].

  • Pingback: Viernes temáticos: Libros para decorar()

  • Pingback: Bricks painted to look like books in the garden. | fungardenz()

  • maria

    Absolutely fantastic

    • Skaie Knox

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

  • Fliptrx

    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

      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 [email protected]. We hope to hear from you and thanks for joining the conversation!

  • Pingback: Paint old bricks to look like books for your ga...()

  • Shirley Wood

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

    • Skaie Knox

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

  • Pingback: 13 Bookish Crafts Perfect to Make This Summer | Novel Novice()

  • Pingback: Bringing Art to the ARE garden | Alberta Rider Memorial Garden()

  • Liz

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

    • Skaie Knox

      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!

  • Pingback: Paint old bricks to look like books for your ga...()

  • Louanne Calvin

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

    • Skaie Knox

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

  • Daidria Eckels

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

    • Skaie Knox

      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

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

  • Pingback: From bricks to books . . . | Bookmuse()

  • Pingback: Fancy up Your Reading Garden with Book Bricks! – Lit & Love()