DIY: Cute & Simple Bookends for Kids

So, my kids love books. LOVE them. Which is fine by me because I just happen to love them too. So it comes as no surprise that we have accumulated a ton of kids books and I've been trying to come up with some creative ways to store and display them. One of the easiest ways to do this is to group a stack of books together and display them on a dresser or a shelf with easy and cute bookends.

For this project, I decided to focus on my son's room. He's 15 months old and suddenly getting into dinosaurs. If he sees a dinosaur cartoon or toy of any kind, he points his little finger and declares, "RAWWWWR!" It's the cutest. So, I decided to make him a set of dinosaur bookends featuring the king of dinos himself, Tyrannosaurus Rex. Here's how I made my bookends:


Two plastic toys of your choice (you can do anything: horses, lions, robots, dragons...the possibilities are endless; I found my dinosaurs at Michaels.)

Scrap wood (two 5X5 blocks and two 6X5 blocks)

Sanding block

Wood glue

Spray paint in color of your choice (I used Valspar "Cut Ruby")

Nails or wood screws

Hot glue


The first thing I did was cut my scrap wood down to size. I cut two 5X5 blocks and two 6X5 blocks (they're about an inch thick). Then I sanded the rough edges.

IMG_9702Next I spray painted all my pieces: the T-Rex's and all four blocks. I put two coats of paint on everything and let it all dry for a few hours.

IMG_9703Once your pieces are dry, it's time to assemble! I put a thick bead of wood glue on the short edge of each 6X5 block and secured it to the end of a 5X5 block, making an "L" shape. Be sure to wipe any excess glue from the blocks before it dries. Once it's dry, further secure it by putting a few nails or wood screws through the bottom block (I used my nail gun and just a couple of nails).

Using a hot glue gun, I glued the feet and a bit of tail of T-Rex down on each block and let it dry. That's it!

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Once your bookends are good and dry, set them up and admire your handy work. Your kids will love that they have a unique set of bookends that you made just for them!


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Author: Cheyenne Bell

Cheyenne, a photographer and SAHM, resides with her amazing hubby, two crazy kiddos, a Border Collie and two evil cats in the suburbs of Houston, Texas. Besides photography, her greatest passions include lots of coffee, autumn, flea markets, vintage finds, old books, and red wine. When she’s not wrangling babies or shooting them (with her camera, of course) you can find her over at her blog, Girl v. The World, where she writes about everything from DIY, decor, motherhood, and healthy living, to the occasional product review or giveaway of things she loves.

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