DIY Bookends

Keep your book collections staying in place and also stylish at the same time with the DIY bookends. It also can be one of the simple ways to adorn your shelves, which also work to make your home perfectly decorated.

You can create your own bookends where you can also challenge your skills and creativity.

If you need some ideas to guide your work, here are some DIY bookend ideas you can consider:

DIY Striped Bookends

DIY Striped Bookends
Project by prettyprovidence.com

Keep your books tidy and stay in place. You can also make it beautiful by using the stylish DIY bookends.

Opt to use the striped bookends that will make it works like the decorative piece. 

Other than that, it is also easy to make. You have to prepare the materials that you will need:

  • Wood glue
  • 1×5 board
  • Bondo or wood filler
  • Clamps
  • White paint
  • Black paint

Once you are ready with the materials, you can see the instructions here.

DIY PVC Bookends

DIY PVC Bookends
Via abeautifulmess.com

Keep your books tidy and stay in place. You can also make it beautiful by using the stylish DIY bookends. Opt to use the striped bookends that will make it works like the decorative piece. 

Other than that, it is also easy to make. You have to prepare the materials that you will need:

  • Wood glue
  • 1×5 board
  • Bondo or wood filler
  • Clamps
  • White paint
  • Black paint

Once you are ready with the materials, you can see the instructions here.

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Simple Gold Bookends

Simple Gold Bookends
By designlovefest.com

Bring in the classy style to your house by adding a golden hint is a good choice.

And it would be great if you can create it by yourself where you can save money and sharpen your skills at the same time.

The materials you will need:

  • Large rocks

  • Metallic gold spray paint

  • Small Cork adhesive pads.

It is an easy peasy project. You only need to spray paint the rocks and let it dries completely.

DIY Brick Bookends

DIY Brick Bookends
Project by Ashley

Decorate your book corner with the inexpensive DIY bookends. And if you want an effortless project, this brick bookend is the right option.

You can even finish this project within minutes. Grab a brick, then wrap it with a piece of scrapbook paper.

If it is too plain for you, you can decorate it by using vinyl, stencil, or any other thing you want.

A to Z Bookends

A to Z Bookends
Via diycandy.com

Adding the alphabetic bookends will be a perfect choice to increase the elegant appearance. You can use the faux cement bookends to make your book collections looks prettier.

The materials you will need:

  • FloraCraft Styrofoam cubes
  • FloraCraft Smooth Finish
  • Spatula/putty knife
  • Cardboard letters
  • FolkArt Light Concrete Painted Finish
  • Craft paint
  • Paintbrushes

Cut the styrofoam and apply two coats of the smooth finish to the cube. Opt to use the concrete finish on the cube that makes it look like real cement. 

DIY Sporty Bookends

DIY Baseball Bookends
Via modpodgerocksblog.com

Modify your unused baseball and turn it into the sporty bookends. It can be a beautiful decorative piece that can help your book tidy and stay in place.

First, you have to make the board where you will stick the baseballs. Decorate the boards to make it looks prettier.

When you are sure it dries completely, you can start sticking the baseball using the industrial glue.

DIY Straightforward Sliding Bookends

DIY Straightforward Sliding Bookends
By thecraftedmaker.com

Don’t let your book collections scattered on the bookshelves, which causing the uninvited view. You have to make it so that your books can stay in place. 

The supplies you will need:

  • Scrap Wood – I used a 1×6 for this project cut into two 6″ sections.
  • Finishing Product – Paint, Stain, or Oil
  • Sandpaper
  • Brush or Rag

See the instruction on how to make the DIY bookends here.

DIY Faux Ceramic Bookends

DIY Faux Ceramic Bookends
Via lovelyindeed.com

Beautify your desk with the book collections along with the DIY bookends. Create the easy peasy bookends made out of the plastic toy animal.

You have to make sure it is a sturdy and high-quality toy animal. Paint white the animal toys. When it dries completely, you can stick it on the wooden base.

If you want to make the bookends look natural, you only need to polish the wooden base to expose the natural wood.

DIY Gnome Bookends

DIY Gnome Bookends
via diycandy.com

Make a creative and inexpensive DIY bookend from the unused woodpile cubes. It is a simple project, which worth making.

You only need to cover the woodpile cubes with the winking Gnome tape. Make sure that your bookends can hold your light books. Hence drilling the woodblocks is a good idea where you can fill the hole with the mixed cement.

When you are done making the base cube, you can move to the mushroom. Let it dries completely and glue the mushroom to the top of each bookend.

DIY Gold-Painted Agate Bookends

DIY Gold-Painted Agate Bookends
By Pinterest

Infuse the classy style through the gold-painted agate bookends.They can hold your books and keep them in place, which creates a tidy appearance.

If you want to accentuate the gold-painted agate, you can place it on the plain table. Choosing a white or light table is a good decision.

DIY Amethyst Bookend

DIY Amethyst Bookend
Via curbly.com

Compliment your classy room with this elegant bookends made out of the Amethyst stone.

You have to place the Amethyst stone and stick it on the wooden base. To make an artsy bookend, you can paint white the wooden base, that good together with the stone.

No worries. You don’t need to spend much time doing this. You can even finish it within hours. See the instructions here and get ready to get yours.

DIY Arrow Bookends

DIY Arrow Bookends
Project by domestically-speaking.com

If you are a bohemian style enthusiast, you can try to infuse it to your house. You can make the functional decorative piece that can hold the book collections.

You will need the following materials to make the DIY Bookends: 

  • Drill and small screws
  • Wood glue
  • Small dowel
  • Feathers
  • Colored tape
  • Silver clay

The feathers are perfectly placed on the dowel and create a beautiful arrow tail. Meanwhile, the arrowhead is made out of the silver modeling clay.

You can see the instructions and the steps here. 

DIY Coral Bookends

DIY Coral Bookends
Via homemadebycarmona.com

Conjure up your last summer holidays by bringing in the coastal vibe to the house.
It is also a good decision to decorate your house with simple materials, that creates adorable result.

And one of the easiest ways is by modifying the large coral. Other than that, you will need the wooden base to hold the light books.

The wooden base also works best to keep the coral stay in place.

DIY Superhero Bookends

DIY Superhero Bookends
Project by littleredwindow.com

Here is the best answer if you are wondering how to make your kid’s books stay in place. You have to make the adorable one.

You can make the superhero bookends made from black foam board and metal bookend. Beautify the bookends with the superhero template.

Glue the superhero silhouette to the metal and let it dries completely.

DIY Bookends: Hold With The Succulents

DIY Bookends: Hold With The Succulents
Project by sarahrichardsondesign.com

Add the natural hint to your book collections beautifully with the succulents. And if you want to make the succulents look more adorable, you can remove the succulents from the pot.

After that, you have to put it on the small vase.

It doesn’t stop here. The succulent bookends should be strong enough to hold the books. That is why you will need the bigger vase, then put some white river rocks.

DIY Geometric Concrete Bookends

DIY Geometric Concrete Bookends
By Tim and Mary Vidra Via hunker.com

If you are bored with the cube concrete bookends, then it is the best moment to try another shape.

Choosing geometric concrete bookends is a good decision. First of all, you have to make the geometric mold template from the cardboard. When it’s done, you can bend and fold each cut in the cardboard, then secure each folded side with duct tape.

After all, scoop the concrete into the molds, let it set. When it completely dries, you have to sand the surface and each edge of the bookends.

Voila! The artsy geometric bookends are ready to use.

DIY The Invisible Bookends

DIY The Invisible Bookends
Via abeautifulmess.com

The invisible bookends are a good option if you want a simple and effortless project. And the most important thing is you can use the old and unused books.

The supplies you will need: 

  • 2 books with 1″ spines
  • 2 thin metal bookends 
  • 1×6 board or a board of another dimension to fit your book 
  • super glue 
  • clamps
  • craft blade

You can see the steps here

Simple Triangle Wooden Bookends

Simple Triangle Wooden Bookends
Project by makeandtell.com

Create simple yet elegant bookends to make your book collections look stunning. The materials you will need to make these wooden bookends are:

  • Pinewood
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Hand saw
  • Miter box (or miter saw)
  • Wood glue
  • Painter’s tape
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush

When you are ready, you can start making simple bookends. You have to measure the pinewood, then apply wood glue to the end of piece A, piece B, and piece C.

Tips: Decorate the bookends by painting the edges of the bookends. 

DIY Bookends – Plastic Elephant

DIY Bookends - Plastic Elephants
Source lovegrowswild.com

Hold your book collections with the DIY plastic elephant bookends. To make sure the bookend can hold your book collections strongly, you have to stick the plastic elephant on the wooden base.

You have to make sure that the wooden base and the plastic elephant stick strongly by using the wood glue (E-6000). Other than that, you can also paint both the wooden base and the plastic animal to make it looks prettier.

DIY Golden Brick Bookends

DIY Golden Brick Bookends
Project by camillestyles.com

Upcycle your unused bricks and turn them into functional and pretty bricks. 

You can make the bookends from those bricks. Even, you can make the glam bookends if you paint them gold. 

Here are the materials you will need: 

  • 2 bricks (preferably without holes)
  • White and metallic gold spray paint
  • 1-yard lace trim
  • Krylon Easy-Tack Repositionable Adhesive 7020
  • Scotch Self Stick Rubber Pads

Click here to see how to make the DIY bookends from the bricks. 

Easy DIY: “Dipped” Brick Bookends

DIY Magic Bricks Bookends
Project by humanbehaviorblog.wordpress.com

If you want to make your book collections look adorable, you can beautify them with the unused bricks. Decorate the bricks and make them look like the books.

Cover the bricks with the acrylic paint before you make the cover painting. Once they dry completely, you can start re-apply tape to paint the pages.

See the detail steps here. And get ready to get yours.

DIY Letter Bookends

DIY Letter Bookends
Project by onegoodthingbyjillee.com

Accentuate the chic appearance on your house through the DIY letter bookends. This simple project can turn your ordinary book collections into the extraordinary one.

The materials that help you to make the bookends are: 

  • Paper mache letters, about 8″ tall
  • Sand 
  • An X-acto craft knife
  • A hot glue gun
  • Scrapbook paper of your choice
  • Mod Podge & a brush

DIY Vase Bookends with Starfish

DIY Vase Bookends with Starfish
Via thespruce.com

Decorate your house with the nautical theme of the decorative piece. Other than that, you can also make it functional. You can make the bookends from the vase with the starfish and the beach sand inside.

You can also use any other decorative stuff if you want to. You can beautify the vase by placing the decorative paper. You can get the decorative items in the craft store.

DIY Dinosaur Bookends

DIY Dinosaur Bookends
Source doodlecraftblog.com

Challenge your skill by creating the bookends from the board decorated by the plastic dinosaur. You can use the scrap wood and cut it into blocks. After that, you need to sand it smooth so that it can create the perfect painted surface.

Move to the dinosaur. You have to cut the dinosaur, then apply a band of glue around the dinosaur body and the feet.

Press it onto the blocks. After all, paint the bookends and let them dry completely.

DIY Unique Bookends

DIY Unique Bookends
Source canadianfamily.ca

If you are an action figure enthusiast, this project is worth making. You can modify one of your action figures and make a bookend from it.

 You will need:

  • Unfinished wood plaques
  • Action figure
  • Spray paint
  • Hot glue

It is a straightforward project you can finish within hours. You only need to glue the toy on the plaques. After that, you can spray-paint it and let it dries completely. 

Tips: Ensure that you choose the good paint that works best for both plastic and wood materials.  

DIY Honey Bear Bookends

DIY Honey Bear Bookends
Via prettyprovidence.com

You can stop throwing away your honey bear and make the bookends from it. It doesn’t only create a cute and classy appearance. Other than that, it can make your book collections look adorable and can be a focal point for the children.

You need to highlight that this project is worth making since you don’t have to spend much money and time, yet it creates an admirable bookend.

Industrial Bookends

Industrial Bookends
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Are you the type of person who loves industrial style and planning to infuse it in your house? This idea might inspire you. Let’s take a look!

You will need the boards, then stain it as well. After that, attach the water pipe on the stained base. On the other side, you can attach the pipe lamp.

The bookends can be a great decorative piece that will make your desk looks stunning.

DIY Color Block Bookends

DIY Color Block Bookends
Source brit.co

Bring in the cheerful vibe by installing the colorful bookend in your room that will make your book well-organized and admirable at the same time. It is perfect to compliment your bright room with the colorful bookend. 

The materials you will need are:

  • Wood
  • Bookends
  • Paint
  • Painter’s tape
  • Letter stencil

After that, you can follow the instruction on how to make the color block bookends here.

DIY Simple Swans Bookends

DIY Simple Swans Bookends
Project by build-basic.com

Beautify your house with the pair of these swans that will make your room looks classier. Besides, it is a piece of cake project, which worth making. You will need the wood and the swans that you can buy in the closest store.

Sand the wood as well to make sure the blocks are smooth so that it creates a perfect appearance once it stained.

After that, assemble the wood blocks by drilling them, then attach the L-brackets. The last, attach the swans and secure them using a hot glue gun.

DIY Bookends- Wooden Rainbow

DIY Bookends- Wooden Rainbow
Source jaimecostiglio.com

Choosing the colorful ornament to place in the children’s room is a perfect decision to infuse the cheerful vibe. 

You will need three types of cut list:

  • 2 – 1×6 @ 6 3/4″ (sides)
  • 2 – 1×6 @ 6″ (base)
  • 2 – 1×6 @ 5 1/2″ (arch)

First, you need to finish the arch and paint them as desired, let it dries completely. After that, you can move to the base of the bookends.

When the rainbow dries completely, you can attach it on the base using a hot glue gun. 

DIY Vinyl-Record Bookends

DIY Vinyl-Record Bookends
Via groupon.com

If you are planning to throw away your vinyl record, I suggest you sit back and upcycle them into the DIY bookends. 

What you need:

  • Two vinyl records
  • A flat-bottomed, heat-resistant container 
  • A flat wood surface 
  • A pot for boiling water
  • Oven mitts

Follow the instruction on how to make the vinyl bookends here. 

Note: The bookends are not sturdy enough to hold up your book collections. Attach the vinyl on the wooden base is a good decision.

Wooden Bookends

Easy Wooden Bookends
Source sawdust2stitches.com

Tidying up your book collection with the DIY bookends are a good option. Since it made of the scrap boards, you don’t need to spend money.

You have to make sure that cut the pieces of scraps exactly the same. And then, glue and hold the scraps using the clamps. After that, you can start cutting them as you wish.

Tips: Beautify the bookends by adding the decorative pieces on each bookend.

Vintage Fabric Bookends

Vintage Fabric Bookends
Source sadieseasongoods.com

If you are on a budget, you can upcycle the berry baskets and turn it into the bookends.
You have to cover the holes in the corner of the basket with the decorative fabric.

Since the basket is too light, you need to fill it with the river rocks. After that, you have to cover the top of the basket with the strawberry fabric filled with the fiberfill.

DIY Action Figure Bookends

DIY Action Figure Bookends
Source hallmarkchannel.com

Attach one of the favorites action figures on the bookends to make it looks a little bit dramatic. It even looks more adorable when you make the action figure look like holding the book collection.

You will only need:

  • Hollow books
  • Sand
  • Superglue
  • Paint
  • Action figures

Follow the instructions on how to make the DIY bookends using action figure, click here. 

DIY Boot Bookends

DIY Boot Bookends
Via reusegrowenjoy.com

If you have a pair of unused boot, you can upcycle it and make it more functional.

You can make the DIY bookends from the boot. 

The supplies you will need:

  • 1 Pair Boots
  • Rocks or Glass Gems
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Glue Sticks

You have to make sure that the boots are clean. Even the bottom as they will be sitting on the shelf or table.

After that, you have to fill the boot with the glass gem or rocks so that they can hold the books properly. 

Rope Knot Bookends

Rope Knot Bookends
by heartmainehome.blogspot.com

Take the nautical vibe to your house where you can conjure up the summer holidays as well.

If it is pretty hard to find the materials, you can play with the natural rope. Other than that, it is a straightforward and low-cost project.

Hence, it can be one of the best decorative pieces that can make your book collections stay in place beautifully.

Destinations Sign Bookends

Destinations Sign Bookends
Via indigoamethyst.blogspot.com

Make your book collections look adorable with the DIY bookends destinations sign. It is a good option to decorate your book spot in a simple way.

Also, it won’t cost you a lot since you can utilize the broken paint stir sticks and gave them jagged edges. And then you can make the destinations using black paint.

After that, you can drill a hole into a small piece to hold it up and glued it in. You can make the destination sign looks prettier by staining it gray.

DIY Concrete Bookend From Chez Larsson

DIY Concrete Bookend From Chez Larsson
Source thebeatthatmyheartskipped.co.uk

If you want your books to stay in place, using a heavy bookend is a good option. Besides functional, you also need to make your bookends look fabulous.

Here is the best answer to all of your questions. You can use the concrete and give a little hint that can make your bookends look artsier.

Follow the instructions here and make your own creation.

Tips: Add felt dots underneath so that the DIY bookends won’t scratch the shelf it sits on.

DIY Modern Bookends

DIY Modern Bookends
Source lovecreatecelebrate.com

However, a modern style can be one of the best options, among others. It also works for the DIY bookends where you can decorate your book spot beautifully. Other than that, you can also make it functional at the same time. 

The supplies material you will need:

  • Dollar Store Houses
  • Brackets
  • Black Spray Paint
  • PL Premium Adhesive
  • Clamps

For further information and detail instructions, you can see them here. 

DIY Star Wars Bookends

DIY Star Wars Bookends
Source keepingitsimplecrafts.com

If you love Star Wars, it is the best option to infuse the Star Wars vibe to your house. And if you are planning to challenge your skill and save money, these DIY bookends are worth making.

You have to cut the wood into the size you desire (Click here to see the sample). After that, sand them down.

Paint them white. Then, you can decorate to finish up the Star Wars design with the paint marker and let them dry completely.

DIY Terrazzo Concrete Book Ends

DIY Terrazzo Concrete Book Ends
Project by fallfordiy.com

If your concrete bookends are boring and you are wondering what to do, you can modify them.

You can make your DIY bookends look prettier only with the painters, adhesive vinyl, and the craft knife. Since the concrete is heavy enough, this kind of bookends is pretty and functional to hold your book collections.

DIY Cute Stuffed Bookends

DIY Cute Stuffed Bookends
Via shelterness.com

Keep your book collections tidy by organizing them as well. Hold them with the DIY bookends made out of the fabric. No worries, it doesn’t need any special sewing skills.

You only need to make the patter for the owls, then cut out the fabric from them. Decorate the owl bookends with the felts for the eyes and the wings.

After that, you can start sewing and put rice at the bottom to weigh them down.

DIY Spotted Horse Bookends

DIY Spotted Horse Bookends
Source twelveoeightblog.com

If you want to make your area look cool and on the other side it is functional, you can make the DIY bookends from the horse plastic toy. 

The supply materials you will need:

  • 4 pieces of scrap wood or pine board cut into 6″ long pieces (my board was 5 1/2 ” long)
  • Wood stain or antiquing polish that is dark to tint the wood
  • Plastic horse, I would avoid one with a mane, it might get messy!
  • Saw
  • Hammer and 6-8 nails
  • Paper towels
  • Glue
  • Fine sandpaper

See the steps here and get ready to make yours.

And here is the last part of the DIY bookends article that hopefully can enlighten your inspiration.

Which one is your favorite bookends that fit your desire, budget and also your time? 

Share your opinion and your experience on how to make them.

Happy crafting!

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