If you’re looking for DIY projects to make and sell, we recommend you take a second look at bookends! For starters, this is a great project especially for beginning DIY-ers. Projects are also small (hey, they’re bookends!), so you can complete them in an hour or a weekend for ones that have lots of steps like with paint to dry.
The secret to making cool bookends is to doing something….unexpected. You want to create bookends that will make people look twice and have them thing that’s something totally unique to make a bookend out of. Start by thinking of who would buy your bookends. Are they for children, adults, people to use at work or for people with a specific hobby or interest? Then start brainstorming on what would make your bookends extra cool.
Always remember that for bookends to work, they need to be able to support books that lean on them to stand up. Its not enough to have 2 cute things standing a bit apart from each other. They need a sturdy stand or something else that is firm about them to handle the weight of books.
One of the things that makes this a great DIY project to make and sell is that this is not just something people will buy for themselves but also as a gift. They make great housewarming gifts for a new home.
So what are you waiting for? Check out our 44 totally cool DIY bookends, we know you can make them! Happy DIY-ing!
DIY Animal Bookends
Adorable and unique, here are a fun pair of bookends. Why, they will easily stand out on your bookshelf.
Bookends Recycled Records
These are super hip bookends! Check out how recycled records are transformed into bookends.
From Etsy.com by Vinylux
The Thinker Bookends
Know the classic sculpture the Thinker? Here are bookends inspired by it!
Wonder Woman bookend
Like superheroes? Here is a fun bookend for your bookcase.
From Etsy.com by KatansDesigns
DIY Striped Bookends Like West Elm
Love the West Elm look? Make your own with these fun bookends!
Agate Book Ends
Natural rock makes a stunning book end. This is something that will always get lots of compliments.
UFO Abduction Metal Art Bookends
Here is a unique set of bookends. If you like UFOs then check them out!
From Etsy.com by KnobCreekMetalArts
How to Make Dinosaur Bookends
What’s great about this dino bookend set is the animal is so big! It makes the bookends look fun and really stand out.
Vinyl Record Bookends
What’s fun about this is that they are the big LPs! They give your bookcase a great look too.
From Etsy.com by DIYMike
Hand Figurines Bookends
Here are fun bookends. They are perfect for your office or home office too.
From Etsy.com by hodihomedecor
Metal Bookends Reading Fox
Here is a charming set of bookends. They are perfect for a children’s room.
From Etsy.com by DesignAtelierArticle
DIY Superhero Bookends
Make these superhero bookends, they are popular with the young and the young at heart. Remember there are so many superheros to choose from!
Chicago skyline bookends
If you live or lived in Chicago then these are the bookends for you. You’ll think of your favorite city each time you look at them.
From Etsy.com by haagmade
DIY Brick Bookends
Look a little closer at these bricks – they look like books! These are a very popular, cool style for bookends and inexpensive to make too.
Medium HorseShoe Book Ends
Love horses? Here are terrific bookends to choose.
From Etsy.com by CarraroCreations
Metal Bookends Golden Gate Bridge
Love San Francisco? Check out these great bookends!
From Etsy.com by DesignAtelierArticle
DIY Arrow Bookends
This is a set of bookends that will make anyone smile. Unique and fun looking.
These are sweet bookends ideal for a child’s room or a nursery. They are made from wood and are hand-painted.
From Etsy.com by MapleShadeKids
DIY Spotted Horse Bookends
Love horses? A lot of people do, that’s why they’ll adore these bookends!
Nautical rope bookend
Here is a great bookend style. Especially for a beach or lake house.
From Etsy.com by highplainsknotwork
DIY Painted Animal Bookends
Here are some charming and fun bookends for young and old. Paint them in your favorite color!
Iron Pipe Book Ends
Here are unique book ends, made from iron pipe ends. These are a great addition to any home.
From Etsy.com by countrycornergoods
Easy DIY Dipped Brick Bookends
This is one of the new bookend trends. Best of all, with the paint color you can customize them to your home’s decor.
DIY Lava Rock Bookends
These bookends are both unique and very natural. Who wouldn’t want lava rocks as bookends?
Industrial Pipe Bookend
Here is a unique bookend, made from industrial pipe. Its eco friendly too.
From Etsy.com by BlackIronIndustrial
DIY Cement Bookends
Here is a simple but stylish pair of bookends that you can make. They’re also strong enough to hold heavy books, like big hardbacks too.
Lovely Letter Bookends
Like monogramming? Here are some fun bookends that are easy to make.
Easy DIY A to Z Bookends
This is a classic type of bookend, especially for a child’s room or a family room. Here is a simple DIY project to make them.
Stained Mountain Bookends
These are charming for a child’s room or even a family room. Especially if you live near the mountains.
From Etsy.com by SpilledMilkDesigns
DIY Telephone Bookends
Love those vintage phones? Why not make them into fun bookends?
DIY bookends for kids room
Don’t these put a smile on your face? Not only the cute dogs, but the cheerful blue color too.
DIY Honeybear Bookends
These bookends are charming and fun. Perfect for a little one’s room or for anyone who is young at heart.
DIY Glass Vase Bookends
These are bookends that are sure to get a lot of compliments. They are also ideal for beginners to DIY too.
DIY Baseball Bookend
Here is a great bookend, ideal for any baseball or softball fan. Its also the perfect beginner DIY project too!
How to Make Unique Bookends
Give old action figures a new life. They can hold up heavy schoolbooks with just one finger!
Easy to Make License Plate Bookend
Have old license plates? Why not make them into bookends?
Star Wars vintage style STAT bookends
Star Wars fan? Then you’ve got to check out this great set of bookends!
From Etsy.com by sixthingsshop
Style a Shelf with Succulent Bookends
Here are unique bookends that are also living plants. Best of all, they are super easy to care for.
Nut and bolt bookends
Did you know you can make bookends out of found objects? Look at how great these bookends are!
From Etsy.com by TayloredIronWorks
DIY These Glam Bookends
Here are glittery bookends that are pretty simple to make. This is a fun beginner project to do with teens.
Concrete quotation marks bookends
These are perfect bookends for the office. Quirky and fun!
DIY Animal Bookends
Here are quirky and fun bookends you can make out of inexpensive plastic animals. Perfect for an animal lover.
Like karate? Here is a fun pair of bookends.
From Etsy.com by Just4theArtofit
Know a little kid or adult who likes dinos? Here is a fun set of bookends to make them!