When you move into a new place, it can be difficult to find all of the decorative accents you’re looking for. I recently moved into a new apartment and one of the hardest items for me to find were bookends. Even if you have a small shelf of books, magazines, or maybe even records, then bookends are a must-have decorative item. The bookends I found in stores were either cheap looking, lightweight, or not my style. If you’re having the same problem or you’re looking for a way to easily spruce up your bookshelf, then you should definitely look into these awesome DIY bookends.
Animal DIY Bookends
Animal bookends can be found everywhere, but I tend to find they’re limited to just one type of animal. Maybe you’re a fan of elephants or horses, but all the store carries are lion bookends. This nifty tutorial can walk you through making your very own animal themed bookends. All you’ll need to pull this off are cheap toy animal figurines, scissors, glue, and two small photo frames. To add weight to the bookends, fill the animal halves with sand or rocks. Add a little bit of paint and you have expensive, professional looking bookends, for less than $20. (Find animals at the dollar store or online here and the rest of the supplies here). No one will ever even guess you made them yourself!
Old Knick Knacks
Items with a little bit of weight can be utilized as a bookend. Using old knick knacks and decorative accessories from around the house can be a simple alternative to forking over fifty bucks for new bookends. If you are not fond of the color or certain details, then add a neutral colored paint over top to truly reinvent your bookends.
Personalize your bookshelf by using letters to spell out words or maybe just your initials. Buy wooden letters (sold at Joann’s Fabrics) and use cardboard and glue to complete this look. Paint over your cardboard or maybe cover it in fabric to give your monogrammed bookends a more classy and polished look. Check out this take on this unique bookend style.
Get High Tech
Plain black metal bookends are boring and simply don’t add to your home’s decor. But, they’re cheap. So, instead of creating a bookend from scratch, why not add to a plain boring one? How fun is this circuit board bookend? You can take apart your old computer tower or easily buy parts online for a steal. This is a great way to showcase your favorite sci-fi novels.
Mason Jar DIY Bookends
Mason jars can add a decorative touch to a room in many ways (find more great ways to decorate with mason jars here). Use clear or tinted jars and fill them with sand, sea shells, marbles, colorful shreds of paper (handmade confetti), candles, sea glass, or beads. This is an easy and fun way to change up the look of your room; and, as you update your room’s style, change the contents of the jar to give a complete makeover to your bookends.