Make It: DIY Stylish Mountain Bookends

Make it: Sweet DIY mountain bookends for your little one's nursery

Now that I have a little one to care for, I’ve come to realize just how wonderful story time can be. Sharing books with Lauren is one of my favorite pastimes… especially the books that I used to read when I was a kid (those are my favorites!). Of course, with a well-stocked bookshelf comes the need for some nice bookends to hold everything in place. So I decided to whip up these pretties for bubba’s room, and they’re so easy to make, I just had to share these DIY mountain bookends with you too!               Continue Reading

Put the “Boo” in Bookends With This DIY Halloween Decor (with Video)

DIY This: High-gloss bookends for Halloween
In partnership with The Home Depot

I have boxes upon boxes of Christmas decor, but do you know what I always wish I had more of? Halloween decorations! Most of the spooky decor associated with this ghoulish of holidays doesn't last for more than one season (I'm talking to you, weird bag of spider webs!). Rather than buying stuff to throw it away on November 1st, I wanted to make something I can decorate with this year and the years after. Continue Reading

Roundup: 7 Awesome DIY Plastic Animal Projects!

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I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but it’s a regular ol’ animal invasion on the DIY front!  Yes, 2011 is the year plastic animals finally got their due.  From dinosaur planters to, um, jungle-themed ‘derriere’ magnets, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite plastic animal projects.  Enjoy!  


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Gilded party animal candle holders from The Sweetest Occasion are festive and fun! Kelly suggests snagging your materials for cheap from Target’s dollar bin.

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No “butts” about it, these animal magnets from Steph Mantis are pure silliness… and totally awesome. Continue Reading

DIY Faux Zinc Letters

created at: 09/18/2011

Tutorials on faux finishes abound in the world of the internet, but this is the first I’ve come across for faux zinc. I have a few pieces crying out for a little TLC and updating, and I think this is just what the doctor ordered.  

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I love the way head above water turned hers into these rad bookends. All it takes are some select paints, a few easy steps and you’ve given some old pieces new life and some new love in your home. Continue Reading

Super Creative Bookends that are Not Your Typical Storybook Ending

created at: 03/16/2011

This is my pathetic bookshelf. Yes, I still have college my textbooks.

I wish I could say my bookshelves were full of classic novels and first editions, but the best I can do is a 3rd Edition of Hypnobirthing and an entire row of fantasy books.  If that doesn’t hurt my literary morale enough, the shelves are unorganized to boot.  What I need are some attractive bookends to make my book collection look a little more impressive and easy on the eyes. Continue Reading

How to Make Vinyl Record Bookends

Vinyl Record Bookends

ModMischief was inspired by Urban Outfitter’s vinyl bookends and made a pair of her own in about 5 MINUTES. (Gotta love that kind of project!) All you need to make a set is a couple of LPs or even singles, if your books are the pocketbook size, a pot of boiling water and a block of wood, which is optional. 

To see the entire tute, head on over to Instructables.


Vintage Typewriters in Design

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Photo Image: LuphiaLoves

Can you think of anything unappealing about the design of vintage typewriters?  They evoke feelings of long, arduous hours of thinking and rethinking brilliant ideas, plunking along until the last page is yanked from the rollers with satisfied uncertainty. It’s old school at its best.  Even if you’re not a writer, you can’t deny the coolness of a vintage typwriter sitting there all “I still look so good, even if you prefer a boring keyboard”.  Continue Reading

Rosie the Riveter Bookends.

Fact of the Day:: 20 October 2009.

The iconic “We Can Do It” logo, immortalized on t-shirts, posters, coffee mugs, and avatars everywhere, does NOT depict WWII cultural symbol Rosie the Riveter. From DocsPopuli:

“For the past 60 years, the popular image of the World War II-era female worker in the “We Can Do It” poster has evoked strength and empowerment. The American public identified the image as “Rosie the Riveter,” named for the women who were popping rivets on the West Coast, making bombers and fighters for aeronautical companies like Boeing. Continue Reading

DIY Themed Bookends.

Simple, useful, and handmade. These are the kinds of projects the DIYosphere lives for.

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From EvilMadScientist: “We said that it’s simple, and it is: it’s a brick wrapped in a piece of paper…hese are “cement bricks” — red dyed cement– and cost about $0.25 each. Wrapping them up keeps them from scratching up your shelves and books.” These left-brainers chose some Psis and brackets for their physics texts, but the technique is simple and could be applied to anything! Continue Reading