Display Your Books In Style – Quirky DIY Bookends

Not a lot of people use bookends and that’s too bad because they’re a practical and beautiful way of organizing and displaying books. But given their drop in popularity there aren’t a lot of interesting designs in stores so perhaps you’d enjoy crafting your own out of some simple things, some of which you might already own.

Bold fox BookendsView in gallery

Aren’t these just lovely? And the fun part those cute foxes are actually salt and paper shakers. You can find other nice-looking things to use for such a project. Apart from the shakers this project also requires two wooden blocks, some spray paint and some glue. Go ahead and paint the block any color you want and then spray paint the shakers. After that, glue them together. Your fox bookends are ready to become beautiful decorations.

Half Log Bookends DIYView in gallery

A while ago we also showed you this project where you could turn a half log into two unique bookends. It’s a simple project which requires half a log, a paintbrush, multicolored paints, sandpaper, a saw and some varnish. First cut the wood in two and sand it. Then paint it however you want. At the end, apply the varnish for a nice finish.

A to Z bookendsView in gallery

Here’s an interesting idea: organize your books alphabetically. That works if you have a big collection. Of course, there’s nothing stopping you from making some A to Z bookends for your tiny book collection as well. All you need for that is two wooden letters, some pieces of balsa wood and some wood glue. Find out all about it on DIYs.

DIY string letters bookendsView in gallery

We also found a different way of decorating letter bookends on the Treasureandtravelblog. The idea presented here is to use colored string to decorate the letters. You can play with contrasts and all sorts of geometric patterns. The which and pink combo featured here is really nice and chic.

DIY letter bookendsView in gallery

Letter bookends are actually pretty versatile and you can choose any letters you want in order to best customize your bookshelves and book collection. Check out these ones we found on Onegoodthingbyille. These are actually paper mache letters filled with sand and decorated with scrapbook paper.

Arrow-shaped bookendsView in gallery

The arrow-shaped bookends featured on Domestically-speaking are pretty interesting too. To make these you need four scraps of wood, some sandpaper, a drill, small screws, a small dowel, feathers, silver clay and colored tape. First make two L-shaped bookends out of the wood pieces and then make the arrow sections using the rest of the materials.

Dipped brick bookendsView in gallery

If what you want from your bookends is to be sturdy and heavy, then you might as well repurpose two bricks for this. We’re not even joking. Check out the brick bookends featured on Athomeinlove to see how they would look like. They’ve been decorated with gold spray paint and some colored acrylic paint.

Gold giraffe bookendsView in gallery

Paper mache bookends can take pretty much any form. So how about a set that looks a cute giraffe. Sure, it’s split in half but let’s not look at it that way. To make these giraffe bookends you need the giraffe, a cardboard box, some brown paper, popcorn kernels or rice, a glue gun, spray paint and a craft knife. {found on thethingsshemakes}.

Lacquered animal bookendsView in gallery

Similarly, you could repurpose some plastic toys to make unique and customized bookends. Find out exactly how the project goes from the description on Earnesthomeco. Basically all you have to do spray paint the toy animals and then glue them to a wooden block or a brick. You can paint the base as well if you want.

Faux zinc bookendsView in gallery

If you want to make something with a slight industrial look, check out the bookends we found on Lori1010-headabovewater. They’re shaped like an exclamation point and a question mark. They were first spray painted with hammered aluminum spray paint and then they were glazed using a mixture of black acrylic paint and water.

Coral bookendsView in gallery

In case you just happen to have two large pieces of coral just lying around, we’ll show how to turn then into beautiful bookends. You’ll need those and two basic bookends from the store as well as some white craft paint, some tape and a hot glue gun. Paint some white striped on the bookends and then just glue the corals on. {found on homemadebycarmona}.

Wood triangle bookendsView in gallery

Let’s also have a look at something minimalist. We found these geometric bookends on Makeandtell and we think they look really stylish and chic. They’re made of wood and their edges are painted paint for a nice and clean contrast. You can make something similar out of some pieces of wood and using a saw, glue, tape and paint.

Concrete stars bookendsView in gallery

How big of a Star Wars fan are you? Would you like to have these Death Star bookends as decorations in your home? If yes then here’s what you’ll need for the project: Death Star ice molds, cement, quartz sand, a funnel, a small terra cotta pot, a bucket, a trowel, duct tape and a tea light candle. {found on wemustbedreamers}.

DIY bookends from ConcreteView in gallery

These gem-shaped bookends are also made of concrete and the trickiest part of the project is making the mold. You’ll need some cardboard for that. Start with a 2D diamond shape and make five of these. Then tape them together as shown on Bobvila. After that, fold the cardboard to get the 3D diamond form. That’s your mold.

Animal shaped bookends - elephantView in gallery

Animal-shaped bookends are also lovely and versatile. You can use them in a lot of contexts. The kids would sure love to have some for their own book collection. To make them you can just repurpose some of their old toys or go to the store to get some new plastic animals. Then find some pieces of wood for the bases. Spray paint the animals and the bases and glue them together. You could also use rocks instead of wood. {found on artdecorationcrafting}.

Granite bookends DIYView in gallery

These stylish bookends featured on makeandtell look like they’re made of granite but in fact they’re just milk cartons dipped with concrete. It’s a pretty ingenious idea actually. Here’s what you’ll need to make your own faux granite bookends: a milk carton, scissors, tape, rapid set concrete, a stirrer, a cylindrical object and granite spray paint.

Gold sprayed bookendView in gallery

If you have the habit of collecting pebbles, rocks or shells on your trips, you can put them together to make some interesting-looking bookends. Make sure you have a few that are flat on two sides so you can build the base. The whole project is described in detail on Designsponge.

Rope knot bookendsView in gallery

This decorative rope knot is actually multifunctional. You can use it both as a bookend and as a door stopper. You’ve probably seen these around but never really got around to figuring out how to make one. It’s called a monkey fist knot and to make it you need rope and a foam ball or something round to put at the center. Find out all the steps on Heartmainehome.

Bookends from old license plateView in gallery

What is there to say about an old license plate? Not a lot since they usually just get thrown away when no longer needed. But there are ways to repurpose them into something beautiful and meaningful such as a bookend. All you need to do is bend the plate at a 90 degree angle. The idea comes from Funinthemaking.

Old bricks turned into bookendsView in gallery

Sometimes it’s easier to just stick to the basics, especially if that suits your style. So why not turn two simple brick into some funky bookends? They might look good as they are is the décor allows it but you could also decorate them using spray paint and some lace, as suggested on Camillestyles. You’ll only need the bricks, some white and metallic gold spray paint and lace trim. Also, add rubber pads so you don’t scratch the shelves with these bricks.

Gold pineapple bookendsView in gallery

Pineapples seem to be quite trendy right now for some reason so we’ll just follow the lead and show you how to make some stylish pineapple bookends. Of course, you won’t be using real pineapples so look for some faux ones at the local stores. One you have those you’ll only need two blocks of wood, a glue gun and some spray paint. First off, glue the pineapples to the center of the blocks. Then spray paint the whole thing. {found on prettylifegirls}.

Wooden bookendsView in gallery

We love the idea of using reclaimed wood in DIY projects so it was just a matter of time before you came across something like this. The bookends featured on ehow are really nice and simple, perfect for a rustic or simplistic décor. To make something similar you need some pieces of wood from a beam or some other project, a circular saw, sandpaper, sealer, paint or stain and a paintbrush.

Telephone bookendsView in gallery

How about these vintage telephone bookends? They definitely look interesting and have a nostalgic design. This is in fact a great way to repurpose these old electronics and nobody really uses anymore. So go ahead and find two phones, cut off the cords and glue them to two blocks of wood or similar bases. We found this ingenious idea on Abeautifulmess.

Bookends fabric puch with sandView in gallery

We also love the idea of using pouches as bookends. We’re talking about fabric pouches that are filled with sand so they’re heavy and able to hold the books. Actually, these would also make some great door stoppers. As you can imagine, all you need to do is sew the pouch and leave an opening, fill it with sand and then sew it shut. {found on bhg}.

Triangle cardbox bookendsView in gallery

Instead of fabric pouches, you could also make some cardboard boxes. Cut out some cardboard and fold it into a triangle or any other shape you want. Fill it with bags full of sand to make it heavy. At the end, you can cover it with wrapping paper or paint it. Find out more about this type of project on Almostmakesperfect.

Hexagon cement bookendsView in gallery

If you choose to make concrete bookends, they’ll be pretty heavy on their own. What’s great about these is that you can shape them however you want. You just need to figure out what kind of mold to use. The hexagonal bookends featured on Blitsy are pretty straight-forward. You can make the geometric mold out of cardboard and tape. Then, when the concrete is nice and dry, sand it and paint it if you want to add some color to the design.

Clay wale bookendsView in gallery

You don’t need a lot of talent to make something beautiful out of clay. For example, have a look at this cute whale featured on Whistleanddivy. The front part is shaped from a rectangular piece of clay and the tail just takes a little more time to get right. When you’re happy with how the whale looks, put it in the oven and then paint it. You can attach the pieces to some block of wood after that.

quotation mark bookendsView in gallery

No matter what your style is, you can always find a nice design that goes with it. Let’s say you prefer simplicity and would enjoy something more abstract. Perhaps these quotation mark bookends would be more to your style. To make them you need a poster board, tape, pottery plaster, acrylic paint, fine sandpaper, strong glue, nails, a hammer and a saw. The project is beautifully described in a step-by-step tutorial you can find on Abeautifulmess.

Golden leaf bookendsView in gallery

If you’re the type that likes things a bit more rough and natural, check out these agate bookends we found on Ciburbanity. You can decorate them with gold leaf. First, apply the adhesive and then delicately adhere the gold leaf using a foam brush. Make sure you get into all the crevices. After that you’re pretty much done unless you also want to apply some sealer or paint.

Skull bookends DIYView in gallery

Want something spooky? How about these skull bookends? To make them you’ll need to saw a skull in half. Of course, it wouldn’t be a real skull so go look for something you can use at the local stores. After you cut the skull in half, gently sand down the edges and then adhere each piece to a wooden board. You can also spray paint the bookends at the end. {found on thebandwifeblog}.

Velentines day bookendsView in gallery

The opposite to that would be a soft heart-shaped bookend like the one on creativelive. If you want to make something like that you’ll require a felting pad, a felting needle, wool roving in a pastel color, some wool yarn, scissors, a heart-shaped cookie cutter and river rocks, marbles or other similar things. Follow the instructions and feel free to improvise along the way.

Animal shaped bookends - HorseView in gallery

We’re already shown some animal-shaped bookends but there’s always room for one more. So check out the horse bookends featured on Twelveoeightblog. They’re really beautiful and we love that the horse wasn’t spray painted and has that spotted design. The base is made of wood and the horse can be a toy or a decoration. You’ll need to cut in half so be prepared.

Iron pipes bookendsView in gallery

There are also a bunch of beautiful bookends with great industrial designs. You can even find some ready-made ones like this one on Etsy. It’s handmade from an unfinished iron pipe and fittings and has a really beautiful gunmetal color. It comes in four sizes and it’s pretty heavy.

Pipes bookends with lightingView in gallery

We also found this industrial bookend lamp on Etsy which has a nice steampunk look to it. It uses an Edison bulb and it would look lovely on a shelf, table or even on a nightstand if you want to keep your favorite books close-by. Bonus: you’ll also get a bedside lamp.