One of the things that drives me crazy when it comes to organization is the lack of space in my home for keeping books. My kids have tons of them, and we do lots of reading. But the books get scattered around the house because we don’t have sufficient storage for all of them. If we had more shelving, we could at least create some stylish bookends to keep them more organized.

If you’ve got a similar situation with books or other household items that need help staying in place, hopefully these DIY bookends will inspire you to get things in order.

source: Kimberly Genevieve via Designlovefest

1. Metallic Rock Book Ends

Add some glitz, glamour and gold to your bookshelves with sturdy bookends made from giant rocks. This is such a simple idea, but it totally spices up your space!

Head over to Refinery29 where Designlovefest shares the instructions on how to make these.

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2. Succulent Book Ends

Bring the outdoors in with country style bookends. This is an easy project using succulents. Just keep in mind that you’ll need to water your bookends, since houseplants require a bit of maintenance. You can easily trade out your live plants for plastic ones, but nothing is as gorgeous as the real thing!

For more inspiring design ideas, as well as recipes and gardening tips, visit Country Living, where you’ll find the details on making these succulent bookends.

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3. Half Log Book Ends

Not only are these bookends unique looking, they add a fun pop of color to your space! I love the mix of rustic and modern elements. This project is great because you can customize it any way you want with different colored paints and log sizes.

Learn how to color your half log bookends at homedit.

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4. Faux Zinc Book Ends

For a modern, whimsical looking bookshelf, consider making these faux zinc bookends. You can paint them any color, but I really like the metallic look of these, which were made using aluminum spray paint.

Get all the details at Head Above Water.

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5. Tied Up Book Ends

All you need are three supplies and a few minutes, and you’ve got some super fun bookends! These are so stylish (and sooooo easy to make), you don’t even need to use them as bookends. Just display on your shelf as another piece of decor.

Get the step by step instructions at Treasures & Travels. Be sure to browse the other great ideas there too!

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6. Wrapped Brick Book Ends

Have some extra bricks lying around that you’re not sure what to do with? Great! Turn them into a pair of cute bookends for your shelves. All you’ll need is some fabric to wrap around them, along with a glue gun.

Learn how to wrap these up at Button Hook.


Leena Kollar

Leena Kollar

Contributing Writer at Life As Mama
I'm a wife, mother and everything else associated with domestic life. I can often be found hiding from my kids to sneak treats (especially ice cream). I love rainbows and naps, and I find any excuse to go to Target. When I actually make it out of the house in real clothes, I document my outfits on my fashion blog, Leather & Lip Gloss. My love for fashion also inspired me to start my own comprehensive style website, The Style Spectrum.
Leena Kollar
Leena Kollar

Leena Kollar

Contributing Writer at Life As Mama
I'm a wife, mother and everything else associated with domestic life. I can often be found hiding from my kids to sneak treats (especially ice cream). I love rainbows and naps, and I find any excuse to go to Target. When I actually make it out of the house in real clothes, I document my outfits on my fashion blog, Leather & Lip Gloss. My love for fashion also inspired me to start my own comprehensive style website, The Style Spectrum.
Leena Kollar