Making Wooden Bookends

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May 25, 2019

Making Super Easy Wooden Bookends - view of finished bookend with a pincushion in foregroundWith just a few pieces of wood to complete this project, you can have lovely bookends for any room at home or your office at work. This project also makes a lovely gift, that can be personalized for a child or adult. Here is how!


Total Time: 2 hrs.

Yield: 2


  • 2 5x6 pieces of wood
  • 2 7x6 pieces of wood
  • screws or nails
  • saw
  • drill
  • spray paint
  • 2 wood cut outs (optional)
  • card stock paper (optional)
Making Super Easy Wooden Bookends - paper flowers
Making Super Easy Wooden Bookends - house shapes


  1. These book ends were cut from left over 6x1 wood. Cut 2 - 5 inch pieces and 2 - 7 inch pieces.
  2. Making Super Easy Wooden Bookends- measuring lengths of wood
    Making Super Easy Wooden Bookends - measuring the longer pieces and marking
    Making Super Easy Wooden Bookends - cutting using a power saw
  3. Place together using the smaller piece on the bottom, screwing or nailing together. Drill pilot holes and then assemble using screws. Optional: A countersink drill bit can be helpful in this project.
  4. Making Super Easy Wooden Bookends - pre-drilling holes to countersink screws
    Making Super Easy Wooden Bookends - screwing the pieces of the bookends together
    Making Super Easy Wooden Bookends - ready to paint

  5. Lightly sand the edges.
  6. Spray paint. (The house shapes were added prior to painting.)
  7. Added embellishments (optional). I used these house shapes covered with cardstock paper and paper flowers. The cardstock and the paper flowers were added after the bookends, including the house shapes, were spray painted.
  8. Making Super Easy Wooden Book Ends - tracing house shape onto printed floral paper
    Making Super Easy Wooden Bookends - house screwed to upright piece of bookend prior to painting
    Making Super Easy Wooden Bookends - view of finished bookend
  9. Ready to gift or use yourself.
  10. View from the front with books in place
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May 21, 20210 found this helpful

Nice project. The addition of something non-skid on the bottoms will be very useful for keeping them from sliding and books tipping over. I've used: those small silicone stick-on dots, a piece of inner tube glued on, and pieces of the anti-slip matting you can buy in rolls for under throw rugs, that have a mesh with rubber "blobs" all over the mesh.


Each of these three items work great. If using the bookends on slippery surfaces, some anti-slip "something" is very handy.

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