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!

    • miznelliebellie says

      Have I ever told you have the best exclamation points! I mean, everyone uses them but you USE them!!
      Love it!

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  2. Leeann says

    My mom and I were just talking about how to find a seat that will match the avocado bathroom, I’m betting gold is the way to go.

    Love the bookends, and really need some. I’m off to raid my son’s room for cool toys while he’s in school :)

  3. Shannon Fox says

    Oh wow! They look so pretty in the gold! SCORE finding matching animals ;) Love that gilded look. I’m going to have to get me some Martha ;)

    • miznelliebellie says

      Absolutely! Martha is a must have! Actually, the animals are pretty easy to find matching. They usually only have 1 or 2 kinds at a time.

  4. Chance DesignedbyChance says

    What a great project. I really need to update my book shelves and this project may just be the thing I need.

  5. ChiWei says

    That’s awesome! I can’t believe that dollar store animal looks so good with that paint! Now I’ll need to put together an entire animal safari man cave and guild me some elephants and antelopes :-) Thanks for a great idea!

  6. Evelyn @ My Turn (for us) says

    I gotta get me some of this stuff! My Fellow loves Gold Prospecting and I think I could have fun making nuggets? And of course crafts too:)

    • miznelliebellie says

      Gold nuggets…that’s a great idea!! You could just get pea gravel and roll some around in the gilding. Seriously, this stuff has
      endless possibilities. I love it!

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