Here is a tiny tutorial to round out the year and allow me to get my 12 blogs in for 2020. I got the idea for these owl bookends after seeing these cute owl push pins at Hobby Lobby. I found them in the stationary area but later noticed that they were selling them near the cash register too!
Anyway, here is the last tutorial for 2020!
You will need:
Owl push pins (Hobby Lobby)
Tongue depressors or scrap basswood about 1/16th inch thick
Sand paper (400 grit)
Small pattern paper (such as scrapbook paper)
Needle nose pliers
- To make two bookends, cut the tongue depressor to about ½ inch wide by about 7/8 inch high (or as needed to be a little taller than your owl)
- Cut off corners as in my photo (or you can keep the rounded end of the tongue depressor if you like that shape).
- Cut two more smaller scraps of basswood and glue together in an “L” shape (about 3/8 by 3/8 inch). This was used as the “base” to glue the owl to (see photos). Sand all pieces.
- Paint the wood pieces with a base coat that will be good under the patterned paper (I chose white). Paint the edges and all sides.
- Cover the flat wood sides with the paper (I didn’t cover the edges, just left those white).
- To remove the pin from the push pin I just wiggled it a few times with needle nose pliers. Some came off easier than others. Glue the “L” wood piece to the shaped back wood piece. Glue the owl to the “L”.
Here is a tip for books:
To use this holder, just put as many books in it that will fit. Then stick another loose book to the outside of the box to cover up the end of the box (I stuck it there with blue-tack).
The plastic box, if cut small enough, will hold onto the books at the back and not be visible from the front.
|Books seen from the back (plastic box)|
|Seen from front (box is almost invisible)|
Well that's it for 2020! Whew! Now to think...what shall I blog about in 2021? I think I may start the year out following up with some of my readers' suggestions. We'll have to see. Stay tuned for what 2021 will bring!!