How To Create Bookends
Ever wanted to learn how to create unique bookends for your reading stash, that look so much better than those boring (and ugly, from my perspective) old metal ones you see everywhere?
Read on…(no pun intended) but reading is another favorite pastime of mine besides crafting!
I was rearranging some stuff in the home not too long ago and came across quite the stash of reading materials. Some I felt were deserving of their own display space.
How I Had a Blast Making My Own Bookends!
I had nothing to prop them up, except for a couple of pretty rocks. Fortunately I had the solution, I was going to make a pair of homemade bookends.
It took some serious thought – what was I going to make them out of?? Well, looking at these two pretty rocks…Bingo! I was going to use the rocks and find some way to turn them into artistic bookends.
I saw a sculpture I’d made way-back-when —It was a figurine I’d made of a boy in uniform going up to bat. I said to myself, if I attached it to one of these rocks it would be perfect…but….I need 2 of these to work 🙂
I made a new figurine of a boy going fishing. Fishing and baseball are 2 all-American pastimes so it works on both levels.
Check ’em out…
Materials I Used:
Plastic dollhouse furniture pieces: soda bottle, baseball bat, and glove
7″ piece of fishing line
Single fish shaped bead
2 small rocks
Ordinary twig I found on my walk broken purposely to resemble a fishing pole
So what about you now? Do you also want to make your own bookends?
First things first you’re going to need a strong base – Pretty rocks are hard to come by and of course you can’t order them online (duh) If you love being out in nature and collecting treasures you might get lucky one day, but until then…another great option for your bases is 2 pieces of equally sized wood, preferably square; something around 5-6″ around will work great and with a nice thickness.
Once you have those bases the fun part is just around the corner, To build upon the rock or wood bases for your creative diy bookends you’ll need something esthetic looking. You have a great many possibilities at hand here:
- Things like wooden figurines or wooden animal decoys
- Kids’ toys
- Porcelain teacups
You could do likewise make figurines like these representing your own ideas.They don’t even have to be people, things like ducks, cats, dogs, mermaids, etc., would be great fodder.
How To Make Your Bookends
1. Step one..assemble your chosen objects. You can group them, if they’re small objects, stagger them, in a unique pattern. Be sure you’re satisfied with the group before you glue it down!
As a tip-strive to be complementary with the objects but they don’t have to be identical to each other as you see with mine!
I always follow the “Feng Shui” approach, meaning they have to match somehow, or be pretty close to it.
2. Glue your objects of choice together; starting with the objects directly on the base.My boy going fishing sculpture is sitting atop a “pier” I also made out of Sculpey.
3. Let the object/base set up and cure for a few days and then varnish to preserve your work.
Easy-peezy right? You bet! Anything can be art if it wants to, right? And so much better than those butt-ugly metal ones too 🙂Other Creative Posts You Might Enjoy