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Paper Craft: Hidden Bookends

November 19, 2010

Note: In a departure from my normal take on paper/book crafts, no books were harmed in the making of this tutorial.

A lovely selection of children’s books, but where are the bookends?

Make your own set of hidden bookends, no special crafty skills required. The tools: a set of unadorned metal bookends and two lovely books. It helps if the two books have loose spines, as that will help them hug the bookend without swinging open.

Slip the books over the bookends and…done! If your books keep swinging open, you can dab a bit of glue on the edge of the page between the cover and the flyleaf, creating a pocket to slip over the bookend. Here’s the full breakdown:

The best part is that the books are still readable; you aren’t losing any shelf space but you are gaining a unique decorative, set of bookends. Go forth and amaze your friends!

Looking for ideas on what to put between those bookends for your impressionable youth? Check out this week’s selections of children’s literature that change lives (for better or worse) on

9 Comments leave one →
  1. March 21, 2018 8:01 pm

    I just found this post looking for DIY bookends and I LOVE how you used actual books and didn’t damage them… Another post completely destroyed the books and used a wood cutting saw so even if I wanted to do it their way who has one of those just lying around?lol . I’m a Librarian and we have tons of these bookends lying around. Can’t wait to try this out. Awesome post!!

  2. August 2, 2015 6:39 pm

    Hi Janice, It’s been several years, but I’m pretty sure I got the bookends at Office Depot for around $5. Good luck!

  3. Janice Leiding permalink
    August 2, 2015 12:10 pm

    Can you tell me where you got these metal bookends? I’m having trouble finding ones like them: not too large and with flat metal. Thanks.

  4. Marvin permalink
    November 19, 2010 2:44 pm

    The step-by-step instructions were very instructional!


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