Quick & Easy DIY Home Decor: Retro Headphone Bookends

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Looking for a quick and unique DIY home decor accessory project you could tackle easily in a weekend afternoon? This cute bookend idea is perfect for music-loving folks who are looking for something to spice up their bookcases, bookshelves and tabletops!

From the clever DIYer: We wanted to add a little humor to some inexpensive metal bookends. We looked for an object that has two obvious halves to it and came across a pair of retro headphones on eBay. We used shears to cut the headband in half, then spray painted some utilitarian metal book ends a bright contrasting color and then glued the bottoms and headbands to the metal. Done!

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What you need

Materials

  • Retro Headphones (found on eBay)
  • Metal Bookends (found at an office supply store)
  • Spray Paint
  • Heavy Duty Tin Snips or Shears
  • Gorilla Glue (or other extra strong glue)

Project cost: $30 Total time: 1 hour

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1. Cut through headband with tin snips, shears or some other kind of heavy duty scissors. You may have to cut through metal so even using a hand saw might do the trick.

2. Spray paint the metal bookends and let dry.

3. Set each half of the headphones up against the bookends and see where the points of contact naturally occur. Add glue to those points and press the headphones and bookends together.

Great job! But those without retro headphones should consider that they could apply this project to lots of items that could be made into bookends. What do you have in your home that you're not using that you could cut in half and turn into a bookend project?!

By Zandra of Little Yellow Couch

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(Image credits: Zandra Zuraw)