gilded animal bookends.

diy gilded animal bookends

 These Quick & Easy gilded animal bookends make my heart beat a little faster and my smile a bit bigger.  They are one of those craft ideas I came up with randomly and didn’t realize how much I would love them until they were finished.  But they are absolutely fantastic!  I love how they take something as simple as a few blocks of wood and toy animals and turn them into something that looks classy and intentional.

Use gilding to create quick and easy gilded bookends

I used Martha Stewart liquid gilding for this craft, and you absolutely want to use it.  This turns everything you touch into gold. Literally. It’s brilliant.  You could also use a different color, something darker for a more masculine look.  


  • Martha Stewart Gilding
  • 4 blocks of wood (the size you want for your bookends)
  • 2 dollar store animals (make sure they look cool on bookends)
  • super glue
  • paint brush
  • sand paper (if needed)


step 1 for quick & easy gilded bookends

quick & easy gilded bookends step2

  1.  Use superglue to put 2 blocks of wood together in bookend form. (I sanded the corners of my wood to make them look a bit more “classy”.)  My squares were about 5″ x 5″, but that’s just a guideline.


step 2 to gilded bookends

step 2 to gilded bookends

step 3 to gilded animal bookends

               2- You need to super glue your animal to the book end that you created. Make sure to give them a few minutes to dry.

              I used these great giraffes from the dollar store…$1 each.

step 3 to gilded animal bookends


step 4 of gilded animal bookends

                3- Cover the animals and bookends in gilding.  You only need one coat. And it goes quick and dries quickly.

And you will get this…

NellieBellie: quick & easy gilded animal bookends. a tutorial.

You will want to gild everything. Even pears and cake plates.  Maybe even your toilet. 


  1. Tausha says

    Love this! I too got a box of Martha goodies, but I never thought to gold up some animals. I see friend gifts that my girls can make all by themselves. Thanks for the idea. Pinning!
    Have a happy day

    • miznelliebellie says

      What a great craft for your girls!! I can see them picking cute animals like Koalas and bears :). Have a great week!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>