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!
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:
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.
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.
I drilled a hole into the bottom of each quotation mark for the dowel rod. Then the rods just slid right in!
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.
I primed each piece with this:
Then I decided to paint the base white and the quotation marks black.
Glue all the pieces together and voila! Quotation mark bookends!
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?!