Friday, February 19, 2016

DIY Kids Bookends

diy kids bookends

Need an easy gift idea for kids that you can make from one 1x6x6 board?  How about a pair of bookends with a rainbow or a pencil?  Super cute, simple and easy to make.  I'll show you how down below.


diy rainbow wood bookends

The rainbow bookends are such a pretty and colorful addition to any bookshelf and you could paint them any colors to match a theme.

diy rainbow bookends

diy pencil bookends

Or the giant pencil bookends are fun too.  I'm thinking they would make great teacher gifts?!

diy pencil bookends

Below are plans for both the rainbow and pencil bookends.  Always follow all safety precautions when operating power tools.

diy rainbow bookends dimensions

Cut List (per pair):
  • 2 - 1x6 @ 6 3/4" (sides)
  • 2 - 1x6 @ 6" (base)
  • 2 - 1x6 @ 5 1/2" (arch)



diy wood bookends

Step 1: Attach long end to base using wood glue and countersunk 1 1/4" wood screws.

diy rainbow arch cut out

Step 2: Cut out arch shape using a jig saw.  Mark 3/4" thick arches and paint as desired.

diy rainbow bookends free plans

Step 3: Center arch on bookend and attach using wood glue adn 1 1/4" finish nails.

diy rainbow bookends free plans

diy pencil bookends dimensions

Cut List (per pair):


  • 2 - 1x6 @ 6 3/4" (sides)
  • 2 - 1x6 @ 6" (base)
  • 1 - 1x6 @ 5 1/2" (eraser end)
  • 1 - 1x6 @ 6" (pencil tip end)

diy pencil bookends shape

Step 1: Cut out pencil shape using a jigsaw.  Paint as desired.

Step 2: Make bookend same as rainbow bookend above (step 1 above).

Step 3: Attach pencil to bookend using wood glue and 1 1/4" finish nails.

diy wood pencil bookends free plans

Another cute diy bookend idea I shared are the owl bookends here:

diy wood owl bookends

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