Thursday, July 26, 2012

Covered Brick Bookends

I am going to be completely honest in saying as of yesterday afternoon I had no idea what I was going to post. I had one idea but couldn't find what I needed for it, and I was at a loss. I had been to Michael's twice trying to find inspiration and nothing was coming to me. That's when Megan stepped in with pinterest to give me some ideas. We also featured this idea from Seven7h House on the Left in our favorite finds.

I didn't think I was going to like this idea as much as I did. Not to mention the whole thing cost about $2.50 (tax and all!) 

You will need: 

2 bricks (bought mine at home depot in the gardening section for $0.54 a piece)
2 pieces of 12x12 scrapbook paper. 
Elmers glue. 

Lay your brick down on your paper, make sure the pattern you want is facing away from the brick. I choose a green pattern, not those polka dots. 

Fold your paper around the brick long ways first and glue. I put glue on the brick, it didn't hold by itself very well, the other half of the paper being glue to it is what really held it. Make sure when you fold you get the paper as tight to the brick as you can get. 

That brown is part of the design of the paper.... 

Once that dries move on to the first end of the brick. Cut the paper lining up with all 4 corners of the brick. Then measure it, you may find you need to cut a little off the length of the paper, so that it's not folding back on itself. 

That in the middle is just where the two sides of the paper met, I did not cut that. 

Fold the "back" (where you glued the paper already) down first. Then the two sides. 

Trim as you go if needed. And try to avoid judging eyes watching you, no one is perfect and my cat should learn that.... 

Then fold the "front" back to complete your end. I didn't trim the "fronts" instead I folded them back and glued since that would be in the back. 

While it dried I stood it on end to have weight on it. Once dry, repeat the other side and you are done! 

They work and look great, and were super cheap. Not to mention if you get tired of them you can change the paper out and have a whole new look. And Moms, do your kids have bookshelves? You could have them color their own paper and make bookends from their very own works of art! .


  1. Great post. I found you via the Tuesday Talent Show from Chef in Training
    I have linked a pizza I did with leftover roast chicken. Have a good week.

    Ps Now following you via GFC

  2. This is cute! Thanks for sharing at Terrific Tuesdays.

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