DIY Bookends Personalized With Your Favorite Animal
DIY Bookends – Bookshelves are a timeless piece to have as part of your home decor. Lately, we have noticed that having a beautiful timber bookshelf in your living room or dining room is fast tracking its way back into home decor fashion. It is, however, a designing skill to be able to make that classic bookshelf look like it belongs in your home. It is impractical to fill it will books. Too many books, not enough books, photo frames? What do you put on that bookshelf? It is a delicate balance to get your bookshelf looking great.
We believe that the secret to having a great looking feature bookshelf lies in the items which you decide to place on it. And these easy DIY animal bookends are the perfect accompaniment. They look elegant and chic and you can personalize them to feature your favorite animal.
To get started on the DIY animal bookends, you will need to have the following materials on hand.
- 2 blocks of wood
- Paint, in the color of your choice
- Gorilla glue
- 2 Toy animals of your choice
We recommend that when choosing your blocks of wood and your pair of toy animals that you take the weight of them into considerations. The heavier they are, the more sturdy they will be. If you can’t find heavy animals, then use a heavy, hard wood. Talk to the people at your local hardware store or timber yard to chose the most suitable blocks of wood.
Ask your local timber yard or hardware store for free scrap pieces of wood. You can also ask them to cut the pieces to size for you.
The size of the timber will depend on the size of your animals and also on the size of your bookshelf. So make sure that you measure up before getting your wooden blocks cut.
Sand the edges of the wooden block so that they are not sharp.
Paint the wooden blocks and the toy animals in your choice of color. We recommend using Rust-Oleum Metallic Spray Paint. You can also use regular acrylic paint if you prefer painting with a brush.
Leave to dry and them paint a second coat. Let the second coat dry overnight.
Once the paint is fully dry, it is time to glue the pieces together. Place some glue on every surface which will be in contact with your block of wood. This is generally the feet of the animal. Press down firmly and leave it to dry for 24 hours so that the glue cures properly.
Your animal bookends are now ready to be shown off!
Thanks to Brightnest for this tutorial
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