I thought I would mention this little project I did recently.
We are redoing my little girl’s bedroom and I was looking around for a whimsical bookend for a few things on her dresser.
She just started Kindergarten and we are reading chapter books now so I wanted a special place to keep those books readily available.
I have been eyeballing these little owl bookends from Pottery Barn Kids but to be honest, I am too cheap to shell out $30 for bookends.
So I decided to try and figure something out on my own. I wound up making little bookends that cost $2.00 plus a little spray paint so not too shabby.
These are not so very attractive owl things from the Dollar Store. The important part is that they have little holes at the bottom and they were hollow inside.
So I grabbed two of them for you guessed it- $1 each.
We marched home and I just used a can of spray paint to paint them. I had silver I wanted to use but any color would be ok.
Once they were spray painted, I took little rocks I had left over (from that boot tray project awhile back) and filled the hole. Then I just taped over the hole to keep the rocks inside. That makes them sturdy enough to hold some weight.
If you don’t have any rocks on hand, you can grab a little pack of rocks or marbles for just $1 at the Dollar Store while you are there.
I have found these to be pretty sturdy and they will hold a few paperback books. You could also just do one of them to use as a little display piece on shelving units.
I also wanted to mention another idea. Pottery Barn Kids has these lovely little silver birds that are $29 for a set.
I spotted some that are very close to this look at Michael’s for just $3.99!
I think these look almost the same and if you grab a Michael’s coupon- well you have a great deal! I didn’t test the weight on these so they might not be sturdy enough for bookends but I do think they would be a really pretty little display item. You could always lay the books flat on a dresser and then put one of these birds on top as a paperweight.
I personally like the shiny silver better but if you prefer that Matte finish, just grab a can of silver spray paint and you should have something really close to what they have.
I love Pottery Barn products but not necessarily the price tags. Does anyone else have a Pottery Barn knock off idea? I’d love to hear what you have come up with!