- Two small display shelves or molding
- Wooden letters
- Sand paper
- Paint brushes
- Brad nails
Step One: Choose your material for your base. We repurposed small narrow display shelves, which were heavy enough to anchor several books. Other materials you could consider are painted bricks or large stones, molding or anything heavy.
Step Two: Choose your embellishment. We chose to spell out "READ" with wooden letters. You can also use eight smaller wooden letters to spell "book" and "ends" or two larger letters to use "A" and "Z". These letters can be purchased at any craft store.
Step Three: Lightly sand both the wooden letters from any wood fraying. This is common with pre-cut wooden letters. If you are using a wooden base like this one, lightly sand the area where you will be attaching the letters. This will make it easier to glue the letters and base together.
Step Four: Once you are finished sanding. Paint the base and front and back of the letters in any color you choose. You can use fun bright colors for a kid's bedroom or study area, or metallic colors like this gold for a stylish pop to your living room book shelves. Allow it to dry completely. We used two coats.
Step Five: Glue your letters to your base and hammer a brad nail into the letter through the wood base. You can use wood glue or a strong bonding agent like E6000. Brad nails are small and work nicely for a project like this one. We nailed through the back of the letter in an angle to completely secure each letter. If needed, touch up your bookends with paint.
The possibilities are endless when personalizing a project like this one. You can use "Mr." and "Mrs." for a fun handmade bridal shower or wedding gift, or mount a favorite team sport helmet to your base for a great back-to-school gift.