Bookish DIY: Bookends

Cassandra Neace

Staff Writer

Cassandra Neace is a high school English teacher in Houston. When she's not in the classroom, she reads books and writes about them. She prides herself on her ability to recommend a book for most any occasion. She can be found on Instagram @read_write_make

I’m in the midst of planning a move across town, and I’ve got my eye on doing a few DIY projects to get ready for my new place.   I’m hoping that this means I’ll have less to pack in terms of craft supplies, even if it means more in terms of finished items.

We’ve talked sewing projects, book bags, and Christmas decorations. This time around, we’re talking bookends. Added bonus: a trip to the home improvement store!

The “L”

L Bookend collage

The classic bookend shape – the “L”.  It’s as simple as nailing together two pieces of wood (scraps work nicely in this case), doing a little painting, and spending some quality time with your hot glue gun.  Here are couple of more specific suggestions:

1. Dinosaur bookends from the Doodlecraft

2. Baseball bookends from Mod Podge Rocks

3. “If it’s (a little too) Baroque, fix it!” from Rather Square

The Bean Bag

Bean Bag Bookend collage


These bookends are a little more flexible in some ways and a little more durable in others. They just require some fabric, some very basic sewing skills, and a bag full of beans or rice.  Which you choose depends on how firm you want your bookend to be. Here are a couple of creative options.

1. Funky fabric beanbags from J&O Fabrics Store (lots of cute variations here!)

2. HGTV Canada has an excellent and easy-to-follow simple bean bag tutorial.

3. These Russian-inspired bookends were featured on The Guardian

The Brick

Brick Bookend collageThe brick bookend may be the simplest, and also the heaviest, of the bookend options listed here.  To make one, all that is required is a brick and a dream. And some paint. Or some of that fancy duct tape. Or some fabric. And maybe a hot glue gun.

1. The bricks-painted-to-look-like-books option from Human Behavior

2. Plastic animals, paint, and duct tape from Hi Sugarplum

3.  Wrap it in fabric from Button, Hook

Next up, I’ll hunt down some cool bookmark projects!