We love our libraries and enjoy borrowing books – but finding them can sometimes be a challenge! So – with some offcuts of wood from the garage – and the small plastic animals that we had lying at the bottom of the toy basket we put them together with some of our favourite colours and our bookends were made! A nice example of recycling some old toys – and we made a few for some of our friends who are celebrating birthdays. Jolly good!
What you’ll need:
wood – either from your garage, or your friendly local hardware store
paint – we have some great acrylic paint from http://www.warehousestationery.co.nz
plastic animals – your toy basket, or the $2 shop
How to go about it:
We were lucky that the pieces of wood we had were all similar sizes – pick out the size you want your bookends to be and cut to measure, glue together and leave to dry overnight. Our bookends were between 15 and 17cms high and wide with wood about 2cm thick. Sand and paint the bookend. I did about 3 coats over consecutive evenings.
For the animals – I had some big animals and baby animals, I cut the bigger animals in half, and then painted them. Some took longer to dry then others, I think that’s because of the different materials the dinosaurs were made of. I used a couple of coats for the animals too.
Once I had dry bookends and animals I plugged the glue gun back in and glued away we’re really happy with the bookends and hope that our friends enjoy them too!