Bookends are not just for adults. Many children have book shelves in their rooms and a designated book case is not available, maybe create one using unique bookends. The best part is children can make their own as can adults and they will be unique to the creator.
From the photo above, you see just the black bottoms of standard metal bookends like seen in a library. But photos can be deceiving.
In my quest to find the perfect bookends to use in my office space, I came to the conclusion that I needed to make my own. The beautiful marble horse head beauties that I inherited, just did not hold up the books. They consistently toppled over, sending books to the floor in a riotous mess.
For months, my husband and I scoured consignment shops, Goodwill and Salvation Army stores and flea markets to find the perfect bookends. We did find some unique ones but when we tested them out with a stress test none passed.
The inspiration hit me at our public library. I was a volunteer shelf reader for years and was in awe at how much strength metal bookends like these had, so I bought a pair.
However, I didn’t want to leave them plain. How to bling them up? I have an arsenal of craft supplies and these ones were at the top of my list for jazzing up effect.
I did a trial run of using the bookends as is to see how I liked them. The problem was that one end would not show at all except for the bottom which would show anyways. The exposed end would show a little more but only if I was away from my desk to look at it. An idea hit! Find used hardcover books to glue over them and hide the black ends! This was the first book I found at Goodwill. I loved the color of the binding and when thumbing through it found scribbles like this throughout.
Using the next photos, I will explain my process of creating the perfect bookends. Find two thin hardcover books large enough to cover the upright part of the metal book end. I found this book as well and I loved the colors. It too had scribbling all over in the book making it an inexpensive find when I showed the cashier. $1.56 total for both books.
I found the middle of each book, slid the bookend in between, making sure it was even and glued the bookend and pages together in the middle.
Then glue the covers to the pages next to them…
and secure with rubber bands and clamps.
Once they have been clamped for at least two hours, remove the rubber bands and clamps to brush glue onto the page edges, then secure again with rubber bands and clamps.
Repeat this process in one hour. Keep secured overnight.
Voilá! Two new perfect bookends! And here they are in use in their finished state.
Creating these perfect bookends for my desk also was another win-win for me as it forced me to clean up my desk area.
If you or your child are ever in need of a gift for a book lover or a writer, or you just want some for your self, consider making a set of bookends. (Idea: A pair of unique bookends and a couple of books and you have the perfect book lovers gift!)
The possibilities are endless and the joy of using your own creativity to make them is priceless.
The metal bookends can be found at office supply stores and possibly discount department stores as well. Mine were bought at Office Max for under $6 total.
Here’s to you for reading this blog and hopefully being inspired to get creative.
For me it’s back to #justkeepwriting #justkeepwriting.