30 Days of HoliDIY: Mom and Baby Animal Bookends

Plastic toy animals get a smart second act with these DIY bookends from say yes to Hoboken.

 

 Animal Bookends

Liz Stanley

Why I love this project:

Most families with young children have blocks and cheap toy animal lying around their home collecting dust. Here's a fun and easy way to re-cycle those toys into sweet and useful bookshelf decor for the nursery.

What you'll need:

 Animal Bookends

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Plastic mother animal and baby
4 wood blocks (ours were 14 cm long x 7 cm wide x 2 cm thick)
Spray paint in one color for the blocks and one color for the animals
Hot glue
Sand paper
Wood glue
A hand saw or a helpful friend at your local hardware store.

Step 1:

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You can use blocks and toy animals you have around the house. Or, if you go to your local hardware store you can get a wood board cut into the approximate dimensions mentioned above to make 4 wooden blocks (14 cm long x 7 cm wide x 2 cm thick). They were even kind enough to cut our mother toy animal in half as well, but you could also do that with a simple hand saw. Apply wood glue to one short edge of a block and lay another block on top so they're in an 'L' shape. Let dry completely.

Step 2:

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Sand the wood when the glue is dry

Step 3:

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Spray paint the wooden 'L's and also the animals. We chose white for the blocks and baby blue for the animals.

Step 4:

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 Animal Bookends

Liz Stanley

Apply hot glue around the cut portion of the mother animal as well as the bottom of her legs and attach to the wooden blocks so her front half is on one L block, and her back half if on another. Make sure you leave room to also glue the baby in front of on the first L block.

Let dry completely and you've got a cute handmade item for your nursery!

You're done!

 Animal Bookends

Liz Stanley

 

 Animal Bookends

Liz Stanley

Liz Stanley is the blogger behind Say Yes To Hoboken where she share simple ideas to make your home and life more crafty and stylish. Follow Liz on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter

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