If you’re a book lover like me, then your bookshelves hold a special place in your home and in your heart. I first discovered book nooks a couple of months ago on the r/booknooks subreddit, and I’m constantly amazed at the creativity and attention to detail in these tiny worlds. Roughly book-shaped, book nooks fit between the books on your shelf and offer a magical glimpse into another world. Some are made from wood or clay or paper, some have lights. Most are one-of-a-kind works of art made by and for book lovers.
I’ve gathered some of my all-time favourite book nooks to show you these amazing works of art. If you want to bring one of these works of art home for yourself, Etsy is the best place to find the book nook of your dreams. Or if you’re inspired to build your own,
#1 Old Italy Patio
This handmade book nook by Miniature Decor Design is inspired by an old Italian town and full of beautiful details – weathered brickwork, mossy cobblestones, worn steps leading up to an old door, meticulously crafted windows and arches, and a teeny bench for tired travelers to rest upon.
#2 Classic Dungeons & Dragons
This book nook by DungeonKeep replicates the original 1978 Advanced Dungeons & Dragons cover art by David A. Trampier in 3D printed glory! The flames really light up for an eerie glow at night.
#3 Greenwater Granny
Watch out for the Greenwater Granny witch! Tom Taggart creates amazing dark and twisted art, sculptures, and these gorgeous hand sculpted and hand painted 3D “book monster” inserts.
#4 Baba Yaga House
In Slavic folklore, Baba Yaga is a witch who flies around in a mortar, wields a pestle, and lives deep in the forest in a hut standing on chicken legs. I love how samizdada hid this fairy tale scene behind a facade of books about Baby Yaga. What a magical surprise when someone peeks inside!
#5 Diagon Alley
This 1:24 scale Harry Potter inspired book nook from The Book Nook Lady shows a cut away of Diagon Alley. It features three shops including Ollivander’s Wand Shop, Flourish and Blotts, and Quality Quidditch Supplies where you can see the highly-coveted Firebolt displayed in the shop window.
#6 Hogsmeade Village
Another scene from Harry Potter (always a popular theme for book nooks!), this highly detailed book nook is based on the eternally snow-covered Hogsmeade Village that Hogswarts students visit to have a mug of butterbeer or pick up novelty toys from Zonk’s Joke Shop. Comes with remote-controlled lighting and an angled mirror at the back for an infinity effect.
#7 Death Star Escape
This tiny Star Wars Death Star Escape book nook is created this from scratch using movie stills and a 3D printer. There’s a a ton of detail packed here in a space only three DVDs wide! This is an Instructable, so if you’ve got access to a 3D printer, check out backwards lamb‘s directions for making your own.
#8 Emerald City
Follow the yellow brick road! This book nook from BMD Studio uses forced perspective to lead your eye through the forest and the field of poppies to the lighted Emerald City skyline from the Wizard of Oz.
#9 Hobbit Houses
This lovely little book nook is reminiscent of rustic Hobbit houses from J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit. I love how every window is lit with a warm, homey glow. Hobbits at home!
#10 Platform 9 3/4
This book nook from BooknookFR recreates the magic of Platform 9 3/4 with the Hogwarts Express, luggage cart, Hedwig, platform sign, and clock.
#11 Blade Runner
The first time I saw this book nook I could have sworn it was an actual scene from the movie. I’m particularly impressed with the neon signs and flickering lights that really bring this gritty street scene from Blade Runner to life. (Click on the caption to see the full-sized video.)
#12 Pan’s Labyrinth
Caroline at A House of Wonders made this book nook completely by hand from birch ply, polymer clay, plaster, and scenery supplies. This magical scene is inspired by one of my favourite movies, Pan’s Labyrinth. Step in to the labyrinth to find a stone carving telling the story of the princess and her brother. LED lights highlight the standing stone in all its amazing detail.
#13 Study Room
The amount of detail in this scene is just incredible. Check out the 3D trees through the window, the stained glass fanlight, the Tiffany-style lamp that really lights up, the picture frames and butterfly displays, the tapestry on the wall, and the detailed rug. There’s so much to see here! (Click on the caption to see the full-sized video.)
#14 Fairy Houses
This book nook from Urban Faerie Cottage holds three handsculpted trees that serve as home sweet home to a family of Fae. Comes with a small battery-powered fairy light string inside the trees to make it look like the fairies are home behind the tiny round doors.
#15 Gandalf and the Balrog
Handmade book nooks aren’t cheap. If you want one of these for your shelf but aren’t in a position to spend a few hundred dollars on a one-of-a-kind handcrafted piece, then but consider a DIY kit. You’ll receive all the pieces you’ll need, and with some basic craft skills you can put it together and add details to make it your own.
Fortunately, Hemispheres Co. makes some of these for purchase on Etsy. This particular kit is made from laser-cut, 1/8″ Baltic birch plywood. Inspired by Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, it features one of the most iconic confrontations in all of fantasy as Gandalf faces down a Balrog in Moria. Flip the switch on top to illuminate Gandalf’s staff and the Balrog’s flames.
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