I’m a sucker for anything that gives me more than one styling option, so I created these reversible glittered deer DIY bookends to help with my holiday decorating! One side is glittered in a stylish green, and the other side is a pretty turquoise, so depending on my mood, or this year’s holiday decor color, I have a fun decorating choice. Read on to learn how to create these festive DIY bookends!
You can use any colors of glitter you want to make these DIY bookends. There are so many gorgeous glitter colors available these days! And if you are able to commit to a single color, this project gets a whole lot quicker and easier – just glitter up the whole project in your favorite color.
Glitter Deer DIY Bookends Supplies:
- Unfinished Wood Tabletop Deer (2)
- Bricks (2)
- Acrylic craft paint (White, and 2 colors to match your glitter)
- Glitter (White, and 2 colors to match your paint)
- White glue
- Foam paint brush
- Industrial-strength glue, such as Epoxy
First thing you will do is choose your glitter colors. I chose Martha Stewart glitter in golden beryl and lapis lazuli. Then you’ll want to find acrylic paints that are similar in color for your DIY bookends. They don’t have to match completely, but should just be in the same family. If you do it right, the paint color won’t show!
Step 1. Paint the bricks with white acrylic paint. Set aside to dry.
Step 2. Paint the edges and the base of the wood deer cutouts with white acrylic paint. Allow paint to dry.
Step 3. Paint one side of each deer with acrylic paint color #1 (in my case, blue). Make sure the deer are facing each other as you paint this color! Allow to dry.
Step 4. Paint the other side of each deer with acrylic paint color #2 (in my case, green). Allow to dry.
Step 5. Using your foam paint brush, cover side #1 with white glue. Sprinkle glitter evenly over glue. Reapply glitter until glue is completely covered.
Step 7. When glue is dry, apply glue and white glitter to edges of wood deer and the base of the deer. Allow to dry.
Step 8. To finish off your DIY bookends, glue a wood deer to each brick with industrial-strength glue, according to glue package directions.
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Heather Mann is the mother of four boys and designs and shares clever crafts with a frugal twist at her site Dollar Store Crafts. She’s also fascinated by the unsuccessful (yet humorous) side of crafting, and explores it at her site CraftFail, and in her new book, CraftFail: When Handmade Goes Horribly Wrong.