DIY Striped Bookends (Like West Elm!)

DIY Striped Bookends - West Elm lookalikes but to DIY them costs almost nothing! These cute bookends don't require too much - wood glue, board, wood filler, clamps, and paint!

Hey you guys!! I am happy to be back here sharing another black and white striped DIY for you! (Last month it was this DIY stripes and floral wreath.) I really just can’t get my obsession with stripes under control. That’s okay. I have been wanting some bookends forever but – shocker – I wanted striped ones and I decided that for such a simple shape I could definitely make them myself. I used scrap wood from my garage, a little bondo and lots of painter’s tape to create these bookends. Here is the full how-to:

Materials Needed:

  • Wood glue
  • 1×5 board
  • Bondo or wood filler
  • Clamps
  • White paint
  • Black paint

Instructions:

  1. Measure and cut board into 6 equal triangles – mine are 5 inches long and 7 inches high at 90 degree angles.
  2. Use wood glue to attach three triangles together, then clamp them and let it dry for an hour. Repeat this step again for the second bookend.
  3. Use bondo or wood filler to smooth over the surface and fill in cracks between boards. Let dry.
  4. Sand as necessary.

DIY Striped Bookends - West Elm lookalikes but to DIY them costs almost nothing! These cute bookends don't require too much - wood glue, board, wood filler, clamps, and paint!

Once your bookends are assembled and sanded, it’s time to paint, tape and paint some more. If you are going to paint yours striped like mine, you will want to start by painting the whole things the lightest color, in my case it was white. In these pictures I have taped before painting – that was a mistake and I ended up having to re-tape them after painting, so don’t be like me! Paint your bookends one solid color first, let it dry for at least 12 hours, then tape stripes as you see below.

DIY Striped Bookends - West Elm lookalikes but to DIY them costs almost nothing! These cute bookends don't require too much - wood glue, board, wood filler, clamps, and paint!

This is the most time-consuming part of this project. You will want your stripes to be symmetrical and even on both bookends, so you want to be meticulous about it. Instead of using a measuring tape or ruler, I just taped each side entirely, making sure to keep the lines as straight as possible, and then removed every other piece of tape.

DIY Striped Bookends - West Elm lookalikes but to DIY them costs almost nothing! These cute bookends don't require too much - wood glue, board, wood filler, clamps, and paint!

Once you are done taping, paint two coats of black paint (or the color of your choice.) Wait til it’s dry to the touch, then remove painter’s tape and place books in between them.

DIY Striped Bookends - West Elm lookalikes but to DIY them costs almost nothing! These cute bookends don't require too much - wood glue, board, wood filler, clamps, and paint!

Aren’t they gorgeous? I am so happy with how these babies turned out and you guys – I literally didn’t spend a DIME on them! Every single material I already had around my house!

DIY Striped Bookends - West Elm lookalikes but to DIY them costs almost nothing! These cute bookends don't require too much - wood glue, board, wood filler, clamps, and paint!

It doesn’t hurt if you have beautiful books to display between them. I got these Puffin in Bloom classics for my birthday this year – they’re amazing, right? Almost too pretty to read!

DIY Striped Bookends - West Elm lookalikes but to DIY them costs almost nothing! These cute bookends don't require too much - wood glue, board, wood filler, clamps, and paint!

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DIY Striped Bookends - West Elm lookalikes but to DIY them costs almost nothing! These cute bookends don't require too much - wood glue, board, wood filler, clamps, and paint!

 

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These are darling!! I think I could definitely find a spot for these in my house.

And I probably have all the materials lying around (great gift idea too!) Thanks so much for sharing Sarah!

For more awesome projects by her, head on over to Pretty Providence.

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