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DIY Toy Animal Bookends

Forget photo albums and that collector's addition of The Great Gatsby. These animal bookends are about to be your favorite item on your bookshelf. Go wild and make these DIY animal bookends in just a few simple steps:
You'll need: two wood blocks, paint (color of your choice), Gorilla Glue and a pair of your favorite plastic, toy animals.
1. Pick up some scrap wood from your local home improvement store. Smaller pieces are usually free, and you can sand them down so they appear more rustic.See more at: https://brightnest.com/posts/choose-your-own-adventure-diy-animal-bookends

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  • Z
    on Feb 27, 2013

    Cute. I'd like to make some using marble or granite tiles as the base and maybe have a back too.

    • Z
      on May 26, 2014

      @Pat, that is a fun idea, as I enjoy painting faux finishes. In this case I'd rather use the real stone tiles for the weight needed to hold the books in place. In fact, I'm not so sure the better way to go would be solid stone bases for the weight needed to hold hard cover books in place. We've bought so many books since I wrote the comment above that just yesterday, I removed the books only I read out of our home library and put them on a bookcase in the Ladies' Parlor which I have recently moved my desk and computers to so we could turn the room I was using back into a guest suite.

  • Debbie Borthwick
    Debbie Borthwick Canada
    on Feb 27, 2013

    Love these, they would look great in my grandsons' rooms. Thanks for the tip! :)

  • Rebecca cart
    Rebecca cart Owensboro, KY
    on Dec 4, 2013

    What was that spray paint it looked so real?Luv this project !

  • Carol Harris
    Carol Harris Jonesboro, AR
    on May 25, 2014

    love it

  • Eileen
    Eileen Austin, MN
    on Oct 11, 2016

    I take old bricks, cover with contact paper of your choice and then add whatever you like on top or use just plain, make wonderful bookends, have several setting around

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