Making Book Ends With Geneva Vanderzeil

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Bookends are great for styling or as functional pieces on your shelves. This is a very simple project and will add a touch of elegance to your interior. It is always special to add a piece to your home that you have made yourself.

To make these bookends, you will need:

  • Cardboard cylinder
  • Corrugated cardboard (optional)
  • Electrical tape
  • Mortar or cement
  • Paint 


Approximate time: 1-2 hours (with some overnight setting time)

Difficulty: Easy


The project step by step 

Step #1 –You will need to create a mould for your bookends. I’m using an old sturdy cardboard cylinder which I have cut in half to size. Then add a flat piece of cardboard to create the perfect half-circle.

Step #2 – I’m placing some corrugated cardboard inside my mould because I think a ribbed-shaped edge will make it look interesting. This is optional … maybe you can think of something else. Use some electrical tape to reinforce your mould and keep it together.

Step #3 – Mix up your mortar or cement and pour it into your mould. I always find this step so satisfying! Then leave it overnight to fully set.

Step #4 – Once it is set, remove the cardboard really carefully making sure not to crack the cement.

Step #5 – Paint your bookends in a colour of your choice. A white or neutral tone is perfect for a shelf. And there you go – it is ready to use.

I love these DIY bookends because it is so easy!

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