Ideas for making bookends

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Ideas for making bookends
Try sculpting your own bookends. (NA/ Images)

Take plain bookends and give them new life, or transform recycled objects into new bookends. Bookend crafts may be used as projects within the home or in the classroom, and the completed bookends can be sold at craft fairs or given as gifts. Think about items you might have wanted to trash, such as empty CD cases, and how you can incorporate them into bookend crafts.

Book Bookends

Rather than throwing out old paperback books you will never read again, use them to form bookends. Take three or four books that are roughly the same size, and bind them together with string or thin belts. You may also glue them together if desired or paint them in assorted colours. If you decide to paint, you can add additional embellishments once the paint dries, if desired, such as fabric scraps, glitter, faux jewels and sequins.

Metal Bookends

One idea for metal bookend crafts is to bend old number plates. Simply bend one of the two shorter edges of the plate. Decorate plain metal bookends in numerous ways, including painting the bookends or wrapping them in assorted fabric scraps, which will also prevent possible damage to leather bound and hardback books. Cover these bookends entirely in stickers, sequins or faux jewels, or mix and match such embellishments.

CD Bookends

As with old paperbacks, use old CD cases to create bookends. Stack five to eight CDs, depending on how big you would like your bookends to be. Make these bookends according to artist or genre, such as a bookend made entirely of music from the 1970s or 1980s. Other options include bookends made of favourite artists, favourite male artists and favourite female artists. Make sure all of the cases are empty first, and then bind them together with glue.

Seashell Bookends

Use your seashell collection to make bookends. Glue two 2-by-4-in. pieces of wood together in a bookend-like fashion or at a 90-degree angle using wood glue. Once the pieces dry, glue seashells to the bookends in any pattern or design you desire so long as the bookend is completely covered in shells, including the edges. Use a variety of shells in different shapes and colours, or use only one type of shell. You can add more shells to the design once the initial shells have dried.

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