Striped Faux-Marble Bookends

3 Materials
$20
1 Hour
Medium

Make your own Faux-Marble Bookends, inspired by a popular home decor store using contact paper, vinyl, and wood!

Materials
  • Four 2″ x 4″ scraps – these are wood scraps, but you could conceivably buy one 2″ x 4″ and then cut it.
  • Wood Glue (not No More Nails – actual wood glue)
  • Mitre Saw
  • Wood filler
  • Putty paddle (scientific term?)
  • DC Fix 346-0306 Adhesive Film, Grey Marble
  • Black outdoor permanent vinyl – I got mine from Expressions Vinyl
  • Scissors
  • Vinyl Applicator tool


Step 1

Start by gluing your pieces of wood together, stacked vertically, one on top of another. I weighed mine down with a concrete foot, and left it overnight.

Step 2

After waiting for the dry-time, I cut my wood twice:


Once, to make it a square. I measured the height of my wood stack, and then cut that length on the horizontal.


And then once, to cut the wood square from end to end on a diagonal.



Step 3

I applied wood filler to all the gaps so that when I apply the contact paper and vinyl, it won’t be wrapping around the curve of the wood. Make sure you respect dry times

Step 4

Sand-down any excess filler left, so that you have two smooth triangles.

Step 5

Make sure you wipe any sawdust off the wood before applying the contact paper! I also spray-painted the bottom of the wedges so that I knew which part to not wrap.


Using my vinyl applicator tool, I wrapped each triangle in marble contact paper. I was able to wrap each triangle in one continuous piece of paper.

Step 6.

Apply the paper from end to end. Start by getting a good straight line at one end. Once the contact paper is properly anchored to one end, slowly peel the backing off the paper, while applying it with the tool.

Step 7

Cut the black vinyl into 1″ stripes. Using the same method as with the contact paper, apply the stripes horizontally across the bookends, leaving a 1″ gap between each stripe.

Display!

Enjoy your beautiful new bookends!

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Ariel
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