By General Crafts Contributor Amy, from the Blog “Mod Podge Rocks!”
I have a boatload of books and not enough bookshelves. I also have a craft book selection that I like to have easy access to on my desk, but the stack wasn’t working out. So I decided to make these bookends.
To make, you’ll need to gather these supplies:
Bookends – any will do. I got these from a friend
K & Company scrapbook paper – 1 sheet (you might need 2 if your bookends are larger)
FolkArt Acrylic Paint (whatever coordinates with your paper). I used:
First trace your bookends onto the BACK of your sheet of paper. Cut out.
Trim the sheets of paper down to fit your bookends exactly.
Paint your bookends using the orange paint. For complete coverage, you’ll need about three or four coats. Set aside to dry.
While you are waiting for the bookends to dry, put a coat of Mod Podge on your paper sheets. Coat the front, allow to dry, coat the back. Set aside.
Tip: If you don’t have a cutout in your bookends like I do, you can skip this step.
Coat the back of the bookend with a medium layer of Mod Podge. Apply evenly.
Place your paper down on the back of the bookend and smooth thoroughly. You’ll notice that I used a brayer, and then to get down into the crack I used an old Starbucks card. These are my favorite tools for smoothing! Make sure you get the air bubbles out and then set aside to dry for 15 – 20 minutes.
Once the bookends are dry, coat both of them with Mod Podge. Cover the fronts, backs and bottoms. Give a first coat, allow to dry and then apply at least two more coats. Allow to dry.
Once your bookends are dry, use the end of a paintbrush and the other coordinating paint colors to create polka dots around the cutout. Allow to dry.
Tip: If your bookends don’t have a cutout, add a decorative shape cut out of paper to the front of your bookends for an accent. Then you can use the polka dot method just like I did!
Here they are, holding my books and magazines! Aren’t they great? Quick, easy and perfect for some fun home décor.