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