If you're looking for a last minute Mother's Day project or just a cute way to add a little spring to your shelf, look no further! Jessie walks us through this easy and adorable project.
Skill Level: Easy
Time Required: 1 hour
Project Cost: $10
What You Need
- Two animal figurines (mine are porcelain with access into the internal cavity through the bottom)
- Gold paint & brush
- Rice or beans or lentils (to weigh down the porcelain figures)
- Funnel (mine is made with paper)
- Glue gun
- Optional: Felt, scissors, white glue
- Unless your animal figurines have some weight to them, you will need to fill them with weights. I used rice, but you can use beans, lentils or any other materials small enough to fill the cavity of the figurine. Using a funnel (I made a cone out of printing paper and tape), pour the rice, beans or lentils, through the opening and into the cavity of the figurine. I placed the figurine upside down in a small bowl to hold it while I poured. Jiggle the figurine around to make sure the rice, beans or lentils fully pack its cavity.
- Using a glue gun, plug the opening cavity with glue. Repeat with the second figurine.
- Now you are ready to paint! My preference is gold spray paint, but I’m trying to avoid spray paints during my pregnancy. So instead, I used gold craft paint for this project. The upside of applying paint with a brush is that it creates further texture on the bookends.
- Wait about 15 minutes before applying the second layer of paint. It may take up to a few days for the paint to fully cure.
- You can finish the bookends by adhering a thin piece of felt to the bottoms. Trace the bottoms of each bookend onto the felt using a piece of chalk and then cut to size and shape. Glue the pieces of felt onto the bottoms of the bookends using white glue.
Thanks, Jessie! You can see more on Jessie's blog Crafted Sophistication.
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