This DIY is on the ‘small project’ side and definitely dings high on the ‘cute-ometer’ scale. But these BOOK-ends are an easy/fun DIY with stuff that you probably already have. There are a million bookends out there, some insanely expensive, but if you are looking for a good (and cheap) craft to do, check out this one.
Paint and Brushes: We painted our books three different shades of gray. Rather than going out and buying three different paints, just buy a small can of a grey that you like, and tint it lighter with a little bit of white paint for the other books.
For the accents on the spine we went with metallic paint in Rose Gold, Bright Gold, and Copper.
Vintage Books: You can use any books you want, no matter how ugly or old they might be. Try and keep the widths and the heights of the books different to add interest to your bookends.
Metal Bookends: These can be picked up from any office supply store or online.
Hot Glue Gun
Step 1: Start by painting the spines, fronts, and backs of your books, each book in a different shade of grey. You don’t have to be too careful with this step since you’ll likely want to do a second coat (some book covers really suck up the paint). We painted the page edges of our books as well, so that they would stay closed and the bookend would stay together.
Once your base coat has dried you can have fun accenting the spines with your different metallic paints. Make each book a little bit different, so that the books look good lined up next to each other.
Step 2: Glue two of your books together with the hot glue and let that dry. You’ll then open the top book (as seen in the above picture) and glue in the metal bookend. Add more glue on top facing side of the bookend, and then close and press firmly on the whole unit as it dries. You will then finish it off by glueing your last book onto the back of the stack.
That’s it! Now you can enjoy some simple, easy, and inexpensive bookends to hold up the rest of your collection. Have fun with the colors and patterns – you could cover them with old wallpaper, paint them fun colors, or keep it simple by painting them out all white or one color.