Diy Book Bookends

by Destri on September 9, 2013

Diy Book Bookends

I love this diy for three reasons: it’s easy, functional, and I got to use spray paint.  I love spray paint – instant gratification in a bottle, just like hair dye :).  Really though, I love how these Book Bookends turned out.  I almost painted them different colors and then noticed that a lot of my hard cover books have gold lettering and decided white with gold would be perfect.

Catch me after the jump for the full tutorial, it’s so easy!

Easy Diy Book Bookends

Easy Diy Book Bookends

Like I said, I decided on white because that went best with where I was putting these in my house, but I think they would look great with different colors, or even left the way they are when you buy them.  Here’s how to do it:

Bookends Step 1


  • 4 fake books in two sizes – you can find them in most craft stores usually in the storage section because they open with a place to put things. I bought mine at Micheal’s on sale for a steal. For the gold accent, you’ll want ridges on the spine
  • Spray primer
  • Spray paint
  • Metallic gold paint – I used Rub n’ Buff
  • Hot glue and gun

Book Bookends step 2

Start by spraying them with the primer.  Several light layers is best to avoid drips.  Then follow it up with several light coats of paint letting them dry a little in between.

Book Bookends step 3

Once dry, take the gold paint and rub onto ridges with a cloth or your finger.  I found it easiest to use my pinky finger – let dry then buffed with the cloth.  If you want them perfect, tape off the ridges before adding the gold.  I didn’t mind the smudginess..

Book Bookends Step 4

Then take some hot glue and add to the smaller book and place on the big book making sure that the bottom and front edges line up.

Diy Book Bookends 2

And that’s it!  Easy, right?  I even love them more than I thought I would!  They still open on the end so I can hide my chocolate stash from my kids – now that’s function.

They would make great gifts too, yes?

Let me know if you give it a go, I love to hear from you!



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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Frau_Mahlzahn September 10, 2013 at 8:06 am

Cool idea — and that would be a good way to make use out of old never-read books you wanted to throw out anyway… I sure have a lot of those, ;-).

So long,


Destri September 11, 2013 at 10:52 am

That would be a good way to use old books just sitting. Let me know if you try it :)


Tiffany September 10, 2013 at 8:46 am

Really cute, I like that they are also good for stashing chocolate.


Destri September 11, 2013 at 10:50 am

Thanks Tiffany, and yes, I think that might be my favorite part too, I have to keep changing locations because they end up finding my hiding spots eventually!


Kris {Driven by Décor} September 30, 2013 at 10:45 pm

I always thought those fake books are so ugly – had never thought to transform them like you did. Love it!


Destri October 1, 2013 at 8:55 am

Thanks Kris! It was one of those “oh jeez I hope these turn out okay” and then I loved them more than I thought I would :)


Kate April 21, 2014 at 9:53 am

How are these weight wise? Do they hold up many books or just fall over? LOVE the idea … so stylish but so simple … cant wait to make my own


Destri April 22, 2014 at 7:37 pm

I have mine holding quite a bit just fine, but you could easily fill the empty space with something like dried beans for more weight. let me know how it goes!


Robin Kramer July 11, 2014 at 2:10 pm

You had me at “hide my chocolate stash.” (Of course, I love the book ends, too.)Great idea — thanks for this clever tutorial!


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