Tuesday, April 14, 2015

How to make quirky bookends from recyclables

Book lovers all have their sacred collection of beloved titles- from those children’s books that inspired them when they were young, to more heavy reads that tickled their interests as adults. To them, books hold more than just stories and pages; they’re a reservoir of fond memories. Many keep their books even after they have finished reading them because of sentimental value. As such, it’s only fitting that they be displayed on the shelf with pride. Beautiful bookends do a grand job in not only keeping your books in order, but they add some much needed charm to the display cabinet or book shelf. 

Here’s how to make your own bookends with recyclables and ordinary items that can be found in your home. 

1. Mason jars – Fill up clear, glass mason jars (a set of two) with colored pebbles. Great alternatives to pebbles would be marbles, tarnished pennies, colored sand, or any filler of your choice. The more colorful, the more interesting your end product will be. 

2. Old toys- Instead of throwing them in the bin, give your old toys a new lease on life. First find two toys that are of similar height and width. Then secure each onto the center of a square, ceramic tile, or any other solid base, just as long as it will not topple over. Afterwards, apply at least 3 coats of spray paint (color of your choice) for that beautiful, new look. In my opinion, white looks best as it provides that clean, sophisticated finish. 

3. Cement blocks – Use acrylic paint to create your own quirky design. Paint all the sides, then finish with a final coat of lacquer. Voila, you have your own personalized bookends. 

4. Wine bottles – The creative possibilities are endless. You can either use them as is or fill the bottles with colored water (just add a few drops of food coloring to the water). To make it more interesting, after adding water, pour in oil (you can color this as well with food dye). The oil will float to the top, creating an interesting layer of color. 

5. Children’s shoes – Once your babies have all grown up, you don’t need to throw away their cute little shoes or have them stowed away in the attic forever. Reuse them as bookends. If they’re too small or too light to hold anything up, you can simply add pebbles or stuffing to make them more balanced. 


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