Easy to Make Bookends

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Easy to Make Bookends
Bookends are easy to make with blocks from your home improvement store. (Photos.com/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)

Bookends are easy to make with wooden corner moulding blocks. These blocks are available in woods such as oak, cedar and pine, and are usually placed at the corners of door moulding. Stain the wooden blocks and let their decorative rosettes show, or paint the bookends to match your room. This project is simple enough for an older child to complete with adult supervision, and easy enough for adults to make several sets in an afternoon.

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Things you need

  • Two wooden rosette moulding blocks, 5 1/2-by-5 1/2-by-1 1/8-inch.
  • Two wooden rosette moulding blocks, 3 1/2-by-3 1/2-by-1 1/8-inch
  • Hot glue gun or wood glue
  • Screwdriver
  • Four 1/2-inch wood screws
  • Paint or stain

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  1. 1

    Set one 3 1/2-inch moulding block on your work surface with the flat side down and decorative side up.

  2. 2

    Set a 5 1/2-inch moulding block vertically along one edge of the first, forming a right angle. Center the horizontal block so that you have 1 inch overhanging each side. Keep the flat side facing away from you, so the decorative sides of both blocks are visible.

  3. 3

    Use a hot-glue gun to fasten the blocks together, or apply wood glue. If using wood glue, place the vertical side of the bookend against a wall. Set a can or another heavy object on top of the horizontal block, sliding it back until it is firmly against the vertical block. Allow the glue to dry before moving the bookend.

  4. 4

    Repeat the process for the second bookend.

  5. 5

    Use a screwdriver and two 1/2-inch wood screws to fasten the two blocks together. Repeat with the second bookend.

  6. 6

    Stain or paint the bookends.

Tips and warnings

  • Paint plain wooden balls to resemble baseballs, basketballs or soccer balls and paint the bookends to match. Glue the painted balls to the finished bookends.
  • Paint the bookends in pastel colours and glue small dolls to each one.
  • Purchase two 6-inch wooden letters and stain or paint them to match your bookends. Glue one letter to each finished bookend. Use your initials or other lettering.

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