DIY Book Ends

Back to school time! Time to restock the desk area for homework assignments and school projects. Add cute set of DIY book ends to perk things up. 

A to Z book ends tutorial @diyshowoff

As a part of the Michael’s Makers team, I have the opportunity to create a monthly themed project. This month’s challenge is “Back to School”. A bit of a ‘challenge’ when your nest is empty but these will work in grand-baby boy’s nursery too. ;)

What I used: 

  • 4  wood blocks 
  • wood glue and clamps
  • scrapbook paper and scrapbook cards
  • multi-surface acrylic craft paint and foam brush
  • gloss finish decoupage and foam brush
  • {thin} washi tape
  • letter A
  • letter Z
  • hot glue gun & glue

DIY Show Off back to school book ends tutorial

What I did:

Start with applying a bead of wood glue to each block to create an “L” shape. Clamp, wipe away any excess glue and let dry. 

DIY Show Off back to school book ends tutorial #michaelsmakers

Once glue was dry, I removed the clamps and applied a ‘white wash’ look using a foam brush and multi-surface acrylic craft paint. I only applied one coat so that the wood grain still showed through. Let dry. 

DIY Show Off back to school book ends tutorial #michaelsmakers

Cut scrapbook paper to size for inside of the “L” shape and the outside of the vertical wood piece. I used scrapbook paper and cute patterned scrapbook cards. 

DIY Show Off back to school book ends tutorial #michaelsmakers

Apply a coat of decoupage to one side at a time as a glue. Place scrapbook paper onto decoupaged surface. Smooth out air bubbles. Apply another coat of decoupage over the scrapbook paper, sealing it. I brushed on the decoupage in the same direction as the wood grain. Repeat decoupage + scrapbook paper to all sides. Decoupage will go on with a ‘milky’ look but dry transparent. 

DIY Show Off back to school book ends tutorial #michaelsmakers

Add washi tape to sides, smooth out bubbles/make sure it’s adhered. Apply a coat of decoupage to seal. *There’s also the option to apply the decoupage before the washi tape to act as a ‘glue’. 

DIY Show Off back to school book ends tutorial #michaelsmakers

Apply a second coat of decoupage to all surfaces. I let mine dry overnight. 

Attach wood “A” and “Z” using hot glue gun. Wouldn’t they be cute with succulent planters, plastic animals, vases, figurines instead too? 

DIY Show Off back to school book ends tutorial #michaelsmakers

Once hot glue sets, you’re good to go!

DIY Show Off back to school book ends tutorial #michaelsmakers

Ready for keeping school books within easy reach and an organized desk top. Useful, functional book ends that coordinate with your home office, library, reading room, craft room, nursery or homework station…love it!

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See MORE ‘back to school’ crafts from these blog friends:

Teachers – It’s time to start planning for the new school year and Michaels has all of the ideas and supplies you need to create a one-of-a-kind classroom, plus you get a 15 percent discount on all classroom purchases!

In addition to the products available for teachers, parents and students can find organizational tools to keep on track throughout the year as well as project ideas to personalize school supplies

Check out Michaels’ Back to School Pinterest Board to find fun and creative project ideas to kick the year off right! 

As a member of the Michael’s Makers team, I receive a gift card to complete and share fun craft challenges.

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DIY Read Letters

DIY “READ” letters tutorial: I recent shared where I read and what I’m reading…

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See that sliver of bare wall to the left? GASP! I’m not a minimalist so I decided it needs something. A quick trip to the craft store and I had an idea…

Aged/vintage inspired wall letters

Materials:

  • Cardboard letters spelling R-E-A-D (or “D-E-A-R” if I want to change them around)
  • Deco Art’s Americana craft paint
  • Dark brown glaze (I use Rockler’s TransTint dye)
  • Command velcro hangers
Tutorial:
1. I painted my letters and let them dry. I love this beautiful red (Deco Art Americana Tuscan Red)…
painting vintage inspired wall letters 2. Once dry, I sanded the edges for a distressed/worn look.
sanding vintage inspired letters after:
vintage inspired wall letters 3. Next I brushed on a dark glaze and wiped it off. I love the aged look it gives.
vintage inspired wall letters 4. Once the glaze was dry, I applied velcro hangers since the cardboard is so light. (And no holes in the wall…that usually doesn’t stop me though. Holes can be patched.)
5. My letters are centered and spaced evenly and secured to the wall with the velcro.
BEFORE
reading nook before AFTER
What do you think?
I just learned that I’ve been nominated for the Best Home Design Blog at Apartment Therapy’s Homies 2012 and I’d love your vote!  Visit AT Homies 2012 here. Thank you SO MUCH!

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DIY “READ” letters tutorial: I recent shared where I read and what I’m reading…

DIY Show Off reading nook

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Book Nook

One of the reasons I don’t need the sitting room to be a reading room, is I have a reading nook in our living room which rarely gets used. Not that I don’t read. I just read most before I go to sleep at night. 

reading nook

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