This past week Chase has been under-the-weather so we stayed home and did a few projects around the house. One of them was cleaning up his playroom, adding curtains and creating bookends to better organize his books. This project has been planned for what feels like forever, it is just a matter of getting around to it- know what I mean?
Yay for a husband that is a contractor! I think I am always requesting wooden items made from scrap pieces of wood on the job site. For our bookends we used Douglas Fir, best known to be used as Christmas Trees. But any solid heavy wood will due. The animals are from the dollar bins from Michaels Arts & Craft Store. I think these would also be really pretty made with coral, leaves or a flower coming out of the block for a sophisticated look in a living room.
What you need to make bookends:
- 4×4 or 2×4 solid wood blocks. Cut 8″ long.
- Spray Paint, glossy
- Plastic animal or character for top
- Hot glue gun
- Drop cloth or cardboard
- Sand wood blocks, including edges to remove splinters and create a smooth finish. Wipe down with a damp cloth to remove any dust.
- Lay out a drop cloth or cardboard to protect the ground from getting painted. Spray paint the wooden blocks and animals. You make need about 3-4 coats. Let it dry in-between each coat of paint.
- When blocks and animals are dry, use a hot glue gun to glue your animal to the block. Add a small amount of glue to the feet of your animal and place it in the center of the block. Let dry then spray paint another coat over the entire thing to seal and cover any glue that might show.
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