How to make a "Little Free Library" box

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I'd like to have a "Little Free Library" box to share books with my neighbors. The boxes I see for sale online are very, very expensive. Does anyone have an idea what I could use to make a weather-proof box to share books? Should have a plexiglass see-through door in the front, and be able to hold about 10 books at a time.
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  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Jul 28, 2015
    I found this online. I think it is what you might be looking for: http://littlefreelibrary.org/
    • Suzanne Suzanne on Jul 29, 2015
      @Cynthia H I've seen this website but the actual boxes are very expensive. I was hoping to get an idea to make one myself out of something else, Repurposing.
  • Elizabeth Elizabeth on Jul 29, 2015
    Google Free library box and select images. Lots of ideas. You could take an old suitcase and paint it. Old Newspaper dispenser. Milk crate -- lots of ideas.
  • MaryP MaryP on Jul 29, 2015
    I tried to get some people to help build one for me, but after months with nothing, I ended up buying a decorative box from Home Goods store and using it. Also saw ideas of using an old newspaper box - might want to call your newspaper to see if they have any they no longer want.
  • Barb Rosen Barb Rosen on Jul 29, 2015
    Suzanne ~ Little Free Library has a Pinterest board of homemade little libraries that might inspire you! Here's the link: https://www.pinterest.com/ltlfreelibrary/libraries-of-distinction/
  • LD LD on Jul 29, 2015
    You could look for a free or very inexpensive piece of furniture, which you can modify to make a cute and weather tight library box.
  • Mary Ann Mary Ann on Jul 29, 2015
    we took a bedside stand and put a roof on it-many sites tell you how to do it. we have 6 very close to us.
  • Rose Rose on Jul 30, 2015
    I would just use a plastic bin that you can purchase anywhere for under $10. But a better idea would be to start a book club of sorts and have a little "afternoon tea" to host for neighbors.
  • Z Z on Jul 30, 2015
    My first thought was an old bread box. You'd have to paint it and protect the wood with a good exterior quality Polyurethane though. I've thought of doing this in our little neighborhood too, but too many other projects going on. I figured I'd do so when I came across my old wood breadbox somewhere in the basement.
  • Sharon Constien Sharon Constien on Sep 06, 2016
    free little library plans
  • Suzanne Suzanne on Sep 07, 2016
    Gave up and bought premade
  • Suzanne Suzanne on Sep 07, 2016
    Gave up and bought premade