We grew up in a family of readers, and our mother saves every book she’s ever read. She has bookshelves everywhere, books stacked on the floor and a constant towering pile next to her bed. We got inspired to start organizing our own book collections, and came up with this idea when we found old hardbacks selling for 10 cents each at a book sale. We created these bookends made by, well, books! Our mom always taught us to treat books with care (no folded corners in our house), and we hope giving a new purpose to old books tossed aside counts! We love them equally as much without the paint, so with our next set, we will skip the spray paint. — bbbcraft sisters
Read the full how-to after the jump!
- old hardback books
- small paintbrush (This is for glue, so don’t use anything nice; we have a pack of smaller craft brushes for projects like this.)
- metal bookends from an office store (Nothing too big; get the smallest you can find.)
- spray paint (We used black but thought hot pink would be fun, too!)
1. Start by deciding how many books you want on each side of your bookends. We did one side with four books and the other with five.
2. Stack the books in an order you like. Make sure that there are enough books to cover the bottom of the L-shaped metal bookends.
4. Lay the glued-together books on their side on top of a piece of newspaper. Paint heavy layers of glue on the sides of the books so that the pages stick together. This may take a few heavy coats. Be sure that when you let the books dry, they are lined up evenly the way you want them to sit.
5. When all the glue has dried, place the metal bookends inside the cover of the innermost book on each side. For the right bookend, it will be on the left-hand side; for the left bookend, it will be on the right-hand side. Glue the metal bookend into the books. Glue shut the open covers of the books on the opposite ends of the metal bookends.