How to Make Stylish Bookends for Less than $5

Welcome to another series of the Thrift Store Challenge! You know, it’s a challenge we make each month where a group of bloggers turns thrift store, flea market or second-hand finds into home decor pieces. Maybe you remember last month challenge, I found a footboard and turned it into a coat rack. Be prepared to learn how to make stylish bookends for less than $5 because I promise it’s super easy.

Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge

The Rules:

  • Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
  • There’s no monthly theme.
  • There’s no budget to stick to.

Meet the Hosts

Amanda | Domestically Creative Michelle | Our Crafty Mom
Victoria | Dazzle While Frazzled Pili | Sweet Things Debra | Shoppe No. 5
Chelc | Inside the Fox Den Jeannee | Centsably Creative Michelle | Michelle James Designs
Molly | Just a Little Creativity Angela | Simply Beautiful by Angela
Marie | DIY Adulation Denise | My Thrifty House Lindsay | Crazy Organized
Florence | Vintage Southern Picks Shirley | Intelligent Domestications

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If you follow my blog then you will know we moved four months ago, and that meant chaos! Boxes everywhere, stuff everywhere, you can’t find what you are looking for but keep finding stuff you don’t need in that moment.

One thing we love to do is to read books, and our daughters really enjoy when they go to bed that mommy or daddy read them something. But hey, you can read something if you can FIND something to read, right?

Before we moved we planned to make a family room on the third floor, but being an old house as it is it needed some professional job done before we could add more weight to the floor… so we moved to plan B, make a kind of built-in bookcase in the living room. I promise pictures and tutorial but please be patient, there’s too much on my plate right now!

Back to the books, we took them out of the boxes and placed them in their new place. Everyone was happy to have them at easy reach, but there was something missing, a bit of styling the bookcases. Here it comes the fun part that involved a trip to the thrift store to see if I could get something cool, and I found some wooden letters. They weren’t too big and there were only a few of them, so I chose letter A and Z.

How to make stylish bookends for less than $5

How to make stylish bookends for less than $5 with some scrap wood · Via www.sweethings.net

 

I still had a piece of scrap wood that used to belong to the table my husband brought and used to make Christmas signs, so I measured it and cut 4 pieces.

How to make stylish bookends for less than $5 with some scrap wood · Via www.sweethings.net

 

I filled some holes and sanded the edges, just ready to glue. No nailing or anything, just wood glue and let them dry.

How to make stylish bookends for less than $5 with some scrap wood · Via www.sweethings.net

 

Then I used some homemade chalk paint to paint them white. Not difficult, right? The last thing was gluing the letters to the wood and my stylish bookends were done!

How to make stylish bookends for less than $5 with some scrap wood · Via www.sweethings.net

 

They hold now some of our books plus they look great on the bookcase.

How to make stylish bookends for less than $5 with some scrap wood · Via www.sweethings.net

 

Here’s a close-up, they are so smooth.

How to make stylish bookends for less than $5 with some scrap wood · Via www.sweethings.net

 

Also you can upcycle tins into vases, like I did with this one.

How to make stylish bookends for less than $5 with some scrap wood · Via www.sweethings.net

 

 

I am in love with my bookends and nothing can beat that price.

How to make stylish bookends for less than $5 with some scrap wood · Via www.sweethings.net

 

I also did the big nautical knot with a piece of rope I found in a forest (after I washed it, of course 😉 ) I will be sharing the tutorial soon, not difficult and it looks so cool. It can be used as a doorstop too because it is heavy.

How to make stylish bookends for less than $5 with some scrap wood · Via www.sweethings.net

 

The cute bunny with the pompom tail is a craft I did with my daughters.

How to make stylish bookends for less than $5 with some scrap wood · Via www.sweethings.net

 

So these are my stylish bookends for less than $5, what do you think?

How to make stylish bookends for less than $5 with some scrap wood · Via www.sweethings.net

 

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And now for more thrifty goodness!

Check out what my fellow upcyclers created below!

 

 

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12 comments

  1. Michelle says:

    The bookends are such a neat idea Pili and they look real easy to make too. Nothing better than a quick project that immediately adds such a lovely touch to your decor

  2. Katrin says:

    These are so nice Pili, I have seen the letters and liked them a lot, but couldn´t think of anything to do with them. Your idea is great!

  3. Keri says:

    Pili, your bookends are awesome!!! I love the A and Z that you chose and to upcycle the table legs was a great idea!! They look great on your bookcase!!

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