For Fun: Which cake could you eat all the day long?

Chocolate with chocolate frosting.


White with cream cheese frosting.

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. 

Which cake could you eat all the day long?

Chocolate with chocolate frosting.


White with cream cheese frosting.


  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!

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