I’ve been plugging away in factory-mode but a little bit short on the “new ideas!” side of things.
Happily, The Muse (Geralyn) has her head in the game and came up with a really fun idea for some very easy-to-make, inexpensive bookends.
And I came up with a good way to mess it up! (more on that later).
- Metal Bookends (from Staples $7)
- 2 pieces of 1/2″ MDF cut to 4.75″ by 7″
- 2 library card prints done on a toner based printer
- Waverly Super Premium black acrylic paint
- Matte Mod Podge
- Foam Brush
- Lock-Tite glue
- Painters tape (not pictured)
- Craft knife (not pictured)
After they’ dried I used Matte Mod Podge to attach the vintage library card graphics to the MDF smoothing out any wrinkles or bumps with my fingers.
So far so good! Everything was going swimmingly and I could sense the wave of praise that would come my way when it was all done.
All I had to do was glue the wood part to the metal part.
……..I think we know where this is going don’t we……
Now, I’m sure your thinking, “David it’s just some industrial strength glue that allows almost no-margin-for-error. What could go wrong?”
To which I say: “you must be a new here. Welcome to Cheltenham Road!”
Can you spot the minor problem?
Yeah – they’re backwards.
I glued them together backwards.
The long sticky-out part of the bookend supposed to go UNDER the books…..
Upside?I did’t glue myself to anything and I can testify now that that glue works really well! They are super attached!
Downside: they are super attached backwards.
You could use copies of actual book covers, tickets, photographs, favorite quotes, copies of children’s drawings – the sky is the limit!
But, if you wanted to make these exact ones then here are my library card designs Hardy Boys Nancy Drew Bookend Print Sheet
Just, um…. glue them together the right way and you will be golden!