How to Make Decorative Bookends (Step-by-Step Guideline)

Learn how to make decorative bookends with your kids. This is a fun and easy project that they will love! Do you have a weird space on your shelf that just won’t stay organized? Or maybe you’re looking for a DIY project to add some life to your living room. Well, we’ve got the perfect project for you. Bookends are such a great way to add color and personality to any home decor. If you want to make decorative bookends on your own, check out our step-by-step guide below!

What you will need


-Paint (or any other paintable surface)

-Two small paintings


-Stencils (optional)

-Decorative paper (optional)

-Hot glue gun and sticks (or any other type of adhesive)

Gather your materials

You’ll need a few things for this project.

-Wooden boards (we recommend using pine)

-Matte paint in two colors


-Paint roller

-Paint tray or plastic container

-Chalkboard paint or acrylic paint in a color that matches your board

Assemble the bookends

First, you’ll need to cut the board to size. For this project, we cut about three feet of 1×6 pine. Then, measure and mark the bottom of each bookend with a straight edge and a pencil. Finally, use your saw to make your cuts.

Mount the decorative side to the back of the bookends

To make the decorative side of the bookends, cut out your desired shape using your favorite material (ex. cardboard). You can cut out any shape you like, but we recommend making it about the same height as the books. Next, take two pieces of cardboard and glue them together to form one rectangle.

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Glue your design onto this rectangle, then fold it in half lengthwise, leaving one side open. Slide your material over the top and glue it into place. Cut off any excess material before filling in the rest of the space with hot glue.

Finally, attach this to the front of the bookends by adding some more hot glue or staples.

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Add a finishing touch (optional)

To add a finishing touch, try using some acrylic paint to paint your bookends! We’ve found that using an acrylic matte finish is best, but you can experiment with different finishes. You can also use other paints like chalk or fabric paints to make your bookends stand out even more.

Give your bookends an extra pop by painting them in fun colors like pink, purple, yellow, or green. Use stencils (or freehand it!) to create stripes, polka dots, waves, or any shape you want!

How to make decorative bookends for your home

Making decorative bookends for your home is a great way to add some style and personality to any space. Whether you want to spruce up your bookshelf or just want an easy DIY project, this project is perfect for you. First, you’ll need some supplies! Here’s what you’ll need:

-Set of four bookends

-Tape measure



-Craft knife or scissors

-Adhesive foam squares (2 per bookend)

Finishing Touches

Bookends add such a great finishing touch to any shelf, but there are different ways that you can make them. You can paint bookends or add fabric and embellishments. For this tutorial, we kept it simple and just used some scrap wood and paint to make these adorable floral bookends! After painting the pieces and adding in some pretty details with some fabric and paint, we created this easy DIY project in about an hour.

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If you want to make your own decorative bookends, follow these steps:

– Cut the pieces of wood for each side of the bookend.

– Use spray paint or paint to color the piece

– Let dry before moving on to the next step

– Measure out how wide you want your base of the bookend to be so it doesn’t fall over when you put books on top of it

– Cut a piece of cardboard that is that width for each side

– Lightly sand the edges of the cardboard so they are smooth

– Put glue on one side of one corner of one piece of card board

– Line up where the ends will meet on both sides

– Apply glue on both other corners, ensuring they are lined up with each other as well

– Use a clamp or something similar to hold them together while they dry!


It is important to make sure that the decorative pieces you use are not made of glass or any other breakable items. With our step-by-step guide, you are sure to get the perfect decorative bookends for your home.