32 Creative DIY Bookends for the Best Shelfie

Last updated on July 25, 2020

Need new unique bookends for your book collection? Make your shelfie count by crafting your own DIY bookends that are functional and personal. These are the best ideas.

Our top choice: DIY Rustic Bookends

Bookends are, of course, the blocks that are placed at both ends of a row of books to prevent them from falling over. But instead of being just heavy blocks, they are designed to add a decorative touch. Needless to say, they are a must in a any shelfie picture.

As a creative project, you can make bookends from many things and materials:

  • Wood
  • Metal
  • Rocks
  • Concrete
  • Repurposed items (toys, statues, etc.)

The most important aspect of making them (apart from looking good) is to make them heavy enough to hold the weight of books. How heavy? 3.4 lbs should be enough for all purposes, although it really depends on how many books you line up and how big they are.

We should also mention that you don’t even have to treat an object in any special way to be used as a bookend. As an alternative, you can use pretty rocks, toys, even kids’ boots as bookends without any special preparation (except cleaning them). And yet, here are 32 ideas on how to make creative bookends.

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DIY A-Z Bookends

How to make easy DIY A-Z bookends. Create your own budget-friendly personalized bookends with some simple craft supplies and wood. Read the article to learn how it’s done.

DIY Quote Mark Bookends

These bookends were created to add interest to living room built-ins and help support some of the favorite reads. Stacking up plywood is an easy way to build a blocked shape. See the tutorial on Never Skip Brunch to find out how it’s done.

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Invisible Bookends

Bookends are a great way to add a bit of style to your bookshelf, but what about when there’s no room for them? These bookends are actually inserted into the books on each side. Check out the article on A Beautiful Mess to learn how to do it.

DIY Bookends Made from Upcycled Kids Boots

There are so many ways that you can make a set of DIY bookends. One of the most creative ideas is using old kids’ boots. Read the link to Reuse Grow Enjoy to learn how it’s done.

DIY Two-Toned Bookends

Take a Plain Jane bookcase to the next level with trendy two-toned bookends that you can make using everyday materials. Read the article on HGTV to find out how to do it.

DIY Bookends for a Simple Shelf

Take a simple shelf and turn it into a bookshelf by making DIY bookends! This is a simple and inexpensive project that works great for kids’ books. Read the article on Upright and Caffeinated to find out how it’s done.

DIY Bookends Made from Vintage Rolling Pins

You can make DIY bookends out of almost anything, but this vintage rolling pin version is particularly charming. Looks great in a kitchen! See the tutorial on Mod Podge Rocks Blog to learn how to do it.

DIY Vintage Brass Bookends

Make them from gilded toy animals. Follow this tutorial on The Kitchy Kitchen to get the complete plans.

DIY Pineapple Bookends

Learn how to make these simple, custom pineapple DIY bookends in just a few steps! The supplies are also very budget-friendly. Check out the link to DIY Candy to learn how to do it.

DIY Bookends Made from Cement and Toys

We’re not over the cement trend, and certainly not over the toys-as-decor trend. So put them together in a functional DIY. These are beautiful dinosaur cement bookends. Check out the article on Offbeat Home & Life to see how to do it.

DIY Kids Bookends

Need an easy gift idea for kids that you can make from one 1x6x6 board?  How about a pair of bookends with a rainbow or a pencil?  Super cute, simple, and easy to make. Check out Jamie Costiglio’s article to find out how to do it.

DIY Decorative Wooden Bookends

TO make these beauties check out the link to Hazel and Gold Designs blog for the entire details and instructions.

Magnolia Inspired DIY Bookends

These can make a great gift too. See the tutorial on Design Inside the Box to get the full guidance and instructions.

DIY Colorful Horse Bookends

These are made from old horse statues by spray painting them. Follow the tutorial on Young House Love to see how it’s done.

DIY Wood Rabbit Bookends

These DIY bunny bookends are perfect for the nursery and kids’ rooms. It’s an easy no-cost project. Follow the article on Just Measuring Up to see the full details and instructions.

Unique DIY Upcycled Toy Bookends

Breathe new life into favorite toys that your kids have outgrown (or that have seen better days) by upcycling them into cool bookends. Check out the link on Canadian Family to find out how to do it.

DIY Rustic Bookends

We pick this as the best idea and tutorial on our list. This idea is both rustic and personal. It includes a state shape for personalization but you can add anything for your custom touch. Check out the link on Twine and Vines for a complete guide.

Rainbow DIY Bookends

Rainbow DIY bookends made with your Cricut can be coordinated to any decor. Use it in your home office, a baby nursery, or just about anywhere. Check out See Lindsay blog to see the full details and instructions.

DIY Fabric Covered Monogram Bookends

Learn how to make your own custom fabric covered monogram DIY bookends. It’s so fun to create and self-stick fabric sheets make this project a breeze! Follow the Consumer Crafts tutorial for the full plans.

Portal Bookends

The items used for this project are cheap and can be found easily. See this Instructable to get the entire details.

Sword Bookends

This instructable will show you how to make a set of bookends that look like a sword has skewered your book collection. Check out the tutorial to get the complete details.

Sturdy Bookends

This 5-minute project will make any bookend sturdy enough to hold a row of books. Check out the tutorial to find out how to do it.

Wild Bookends

Make wooden wildlife bookends. Read this Instructable to find out how it’s done.

Lamp Bookends

These are lamp bookends I made for a baby’s room. They were made with a laser cutter, 3D printer, and a disc sander. See the article to see the entire plans.

Stylish Stone Bookends

Make these stylish stones to hold your books. Follow the article to learn how it’s done.

Pac-man Bookends

Bookends inspired by the classic arcade hero. Check out the Instructable for the complete guide.

DIY Bookends with Organizers

Make bookends that are functional as desk organizers. Check out the article to learn how to do it.

Easy Concrete Bookends

Books won’t ever fall off with these concrete blocks holding them. See the tutorial to see the full guidance and instructions.

DIY Gold Bunny Bookends

Make these simple bookends for your mother or friend! Only an hour to make and a total of $10 for materials. Read this Instructable to see the full details and instructions.

DIY Modern Bookends

Make a modern set of bookends to corral your favorite books in one lovely display in your home. Follow this video to see how it’s done.

DIY Cardboard Bookends

Best and the coolest way to decorate and organize your table. Watch the video for complete guide with instructions.

Simple Wooden DIY Bookends

Make these wooden bookends from just one plank. Watch the video to find out how it’s done.

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