By: Rae Friis
Making your own bookends is a wonderfully fun and decorative craft. Plus it’s a great way to get your kids excited about reading! Here are four different ideas for creating unique, attractive, kid-friendly bookends.
1. Fabric Covered Bricks
Sturdy, brick-based bookends require few supplies, can be assembled in less than 30 minutes and will look lovely.
A standard-sized brick for home use
Fabric of your choice
A hot glue gun
- Measure a piece of fabric big enough to cover your brick, making sure it’s not too bulky
- If necessary, iron out any creases in your fabric
- Lay your fabric flat on a work surface, with the non-decorative side up, and place your brick in the middle
- Squirt a few rows of hot glue onto the brick and fold one end of the fabric over the top. Working with the other side of fabric, add another line of glue and fold over your raw edge
- Pull the fabric over to cover the rest of the brick and press down to secure into place
- Wrap the two open ends, just like you would a gift, making sure to fold neatly over any raw ends, and then hot glue in place
Tip: For a more rustic look, dip your brick in paint instead of using fabric.
2. Animal Bookends
Show off your wild side with these fun and simple animal-themed bookends.
4 wood blocks, each cut to 12 1/2-by- 12 1/2 centimetres (5-by- 5 inches)
White primer spray
Hot glue gun
Plastic toy animals (that you’re willing to paint over)
- Sand down your blocks, which will help the paint stick
- In a well-ventilated area, spray the blocks and two plastic toy animals with the white primer spray paint until completely covered and let dry
- Once the primer is dry, spray again with spray paint. Let dry
- Once everything has dried, take two blocks and glue them together into an “L” shape with wood glue
- Repeat with the second set of blocks
- Adhere the plastic toy animals to each bookend. Wipe away any excess glue with a paper towel and let everything dry
- Cover any dried glue that shows with a quick spray of coloured paint. Find a stack of books and a bare surface, and display
Tip: If your child has toy animal that will fit on the blocks (and has signed off using it for this craft), try cutting it in half and gluing each side to a different bookend.
3. Weighted Mason Jars
Repurpose old canning jars into clever bookends — it’s a crafty way to recycle old material.
2 medium-sized jars
Several scoops of sand
Assorted natural materials from outdoors or craft shop (rocks, sheet moss, etc.)
- Fill two medium sized jar with sand and close with a lid
- If desired, in a well-ventilated room, paint the jars with spray paint. (Make sure it’s clear enough so you can still see inside the jar)
- Arrange the river rocks, sheet moss, sand and whatever else you picked up store into your the canning jars, and you’ve got a pair of awesome, earthy terrariums for your books
4. Sprayed Rocks
If you love unexpected and quirky projects that are also practical, these bookends are for you.
2 heavy rocks with a flat surface
Small felt pads
- Search for a couple heavy rocks that sit nicely when laying on a flat surface
- Wash the rocks thoroughly, making sure all dirt has been cleaned off
- Spray rocks with paint until they’re covered. Let dry
- Before putting the rocks on display, glue small felt pads to the bottoms so they don’t scratch your furniture
Rae is a graphic designer and the creative director of Armommy.com. She spends her days working from home — usually with any one of her four lovely (and rambunctious) kids hanging on her side. She enjoys creating everyday adventures with her munchkins using ordinary things and making them extraordinary. Oh, and she also really loves clothes, chocolate, her husband, and her cell phone (in no particular order).