Do you have lots of hipsters in your town? Atlanta is filled to the brim. I’m not sure about the skinny jeans (they don’t exactly work with my athletic body type) but I’ll take the mustaches. And can I say that hipsters are particularly talented in picking out color palettes (at least where I live)? In honor I present to you my DIY bookends, complete with mustache. These are such a fun gift for anyone who appreciates a good mustache craft, or anyone with a sense of humor. Maybe you just want a unique piece of home decor, and these bookends are it. Learn how to make them below.
Gather These Supplies
- Bookends – mine came in a little kit
- Mod Podge Matte
- Acrylic paint – two colors, coordinating
- Spray primer – white
- Scrapbook paper – one piece in a pattern you love
- Wax candle
- Craft knife and mat
- Craft glue
Here’s the bookend kit that I started with. Fun, right? If you are curious about where to find something like this, I recommend Google, Etsy or even eBay. You’d be amazed what you can find with a little web search. Also, if you have a saw and “skillz,” you can make them yourself.
If you happen to purchase the set that I did, then you’ll want to spray prime. I highly recommend this step for anything that is MDF. MDF drinks paint like it’s a double chocolate shake with whipped cream on top.
Paint your bookends with the first color (I used brown) EXCEPT for the part where the paper will go. This isn’t as important with my scrapbook paper, which was thick . . . but if your paper is a little thinner, the paint will show through, so you want to make sure the white primer is still underneath.
Sand your mustache pieces to distress them, then glue all the portions of the bookends together. Let dry, and then give everything a few coats of Matte Mod Podge. I recommend leaving the Mod Podge off of the portion that is going to touch the books, just in case your MP stays tacky (you don’t want it to stick to the books).
If you love mustache crafts, you might like these other projects I’ve done: