DIY Bookends–Quotation Marks

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DIY Bookends–Quotation Marksby househomeon.DIY Bookends–Quotation MarksYesterday Alison and Lauren showed you items that they use/could use for bookends. I just love bookends–it goes with the territory of being a librarian, I guess. So when I saw these bookends from Anthropologie, I fell in love! But they’re $168.00. Not going to happen. But I’m persistent and knew that I could come […]

Yesterday Alison and Lauren showed you items that they use/could use for bookends. I just love bookends–it goes with the territory of being a librarian, I guess. So when I saw these bookends from Anthropologie, I fell in love!

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But they’re $168.00. Not going to happen. But I’m persistent and knew that I could come up with quotation mark bookends that I loved. And I did!

Here are my quotation mark bookends:

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Aren’t they fun?! I love how they dangle over the books.

Here’s what I did:

After drawing my quotation mark on some paper, I traced the image onto some scrap wood and cut it out with a band saw.

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Then I decided how I wanted my bookends to lay. Did I want them straight up-and-down, at a slant, etc. Once I chose the look of the quotation marks, I marked one with a pen. This would determine where the hole went for the dowel rods.

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I drilled a hole into the bottom of each quotation mark for the dowel rod. Then the rods just slid right in!

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I also drilled two holes into some extra wood cut into a rectangle; this serves as the base and provides extra support in holding up the books.

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I primed each piece with this:

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Then I decided to paint the base white and the quotation marks black.

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Glue all the pieces together and voila! Quotation mark bookends!

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I love the final look! I feel like I need to hold these above my head when I talk!
What do you think?

Now don’t worry–if you’re not skilled in cutting wood, this project could easily be adjusted by using foam board or other easy-to-work-with material.

So what do you have to say that’s worth quoting?!

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