8 Brilliant DIY Bookends to Decorate Your Shelves

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DIY Gold Animal Bookends

Gold Animal Bookends

The Effortless Chic

One look at the cabin-chic feel of these bookends, and we were hooked. Even more amazing? All you need to pull if off are a couple of bricks, two cute animals and gold spray paint. 

Get the how-to at The Effortless Chic.

DIY Telephone Bookends

Telephone Bookend

A Beautiful Mess

Read your novels on a tablet? You'd sooner trade in your Olivetti typewriter. For you, crafty luddite, there are these phones-turned-bookends, which give off as much of a vintage vibe as your collection of J. D. Salinger hardcovers. Just attach the handsets to a thin piece of metal at the bottom so they can hold up your books.

Get the how-to at A Beautiful Mess.

DIY Animal Bookends

Animal Bookends

Hi Sugarplum!

These sweet elephants are the ultimate multitaskers: They hold up your collection of books and look pretty darn cute while doing it. To make a pair of your own, spray paint the statues and glue them to heavy rocks. Instant charm.

Get the how-to at Hi Sugarplum.

DIY Woodland Bookends

DIY Woodland Bookend

Hello Home Shoppe

We love how these whimsical woodsy bookends are anything but traditional. To create your own mini forest, scour the holiday clearance shelves for tiny firs and wee-but-mighty moose.

Get the how-to at Hello Home Shoppe.

DIY Book Bookends

Book Bookends

The Mother Huddle

Books that hold up books? Genius! The Mother Huddle prettied up some fake books she found in a crafting store and turned them into some pretty awesome bookends.

Get the how-to at The Mother Huddle.

Polka Dot Geo Bookends

Geo Dot Bookends

The Four-Eyed Wonder

Do these fabulous bookends require a little extra effort? Yes. Is the work worth it? Absolutely. Add wood stain and your favorite acrylic paints for something that looks store-bought.

Get the how-to at The Four-Eyed Wonder.

Honey Bear Bookends

Honey Bear Bookends

Pretty Providence

Your cookbooks are begging to be held up by these golden honey bears. All you need are full honey bear bottles and some metallic paint.

Get the how-to at Pretty Providence.

Gold Elk Bookends

Elk Bookends


Craft-O-Maniac gave a couple thrift store bookends an incredible makeover. We love how the gold animal heads and clean white stands allow your favorite books to shine.

Get the how-to at Craft-O-Maniac.


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