We all get them dropped off one (or more) times every year — big, thick phone books. But what to do with them now that we just look up phone numbers on Google or we have them stored in our cell phones?
Here are some creative uses for phone books our readers came up with for phone books – actual, paper phone books.
In the House
Emergency toilet paper (Note: may not be the best for your pipes or septic system.)
Stack them under the table cloth to elevate a nice centerpiece.
Fold pages at angle from top outside corner to mid at center to make a door stop
Bullet-proof your house! Build 6-foot book shelves along all exterior walls within your house and line them with phone books. They make the best bullet stops there is, and it makes you look like an intellectual.when people stop by. Another option to do build these “bookshelves” alongside the front and back doors. It’ll give you something to duck behind when you have unwanted company…with guns.
Stack them to create a make-shift booster seat.
Hollow one or two out to make some hidey holes for valuables
Wrap Christmas decorations and other fragile items to protect them in storage or shipment.
Wrap compost in it to carry to the bin, then just throw the whole thing in so you don’t have to worry about washing a dish or bucket out.
Uses for phone books in arts & crafts
Floor cover for little artists
Tear out the pages and use them for papier mâché
Coat pages in petroleum jelly. Roll them up and dip them in wax. Makes emergency candles that are also waterproof.
As a teenager I would use them as scrap books. Cover them with all kinds of art.
Save them and turn it into paper snow flakes. It’s what I do with my used non returnable textbooks
Outdoors, Fires, and Animals (Pets)
You can pack them in a box or wrap them up together for a safe backstop for dry fire practice with a gun.
Bullet penetration/expansion tests
Mix with ashes and lamp oil or kerosene to make fire logs
Tear out a few pages and stuff them into empty toilet paper tubes. Great firestarter.
Cage liners, especially shredded, for rabbits, birds, feral cats, etc. (better if mixed with hay)
Lay under tomatoes, under the straw for weed help
Tear them up and use them to smother weeds, putting mulch on top. Works better than the black plastic stuff, and the best part is that they degrade completely.
Use with this awesome tool to never run out of seed pots!
Shred for compost (except for the cover, which was probably treated with chemicals)
And the most shocking answer of all:
Using a phone book for its intended purpose is better than a smart phone. The phone book gives you more choices and you’ll always have it handy. Use a PostIt Note to bookmark pages you use most often, and if your eyesight isn’t the best, keep a magnifying glass handy!