Animal Bookends

By Rachael Smith, Penelope & Pip

As a book lover I’m always on the lookout for a pair of cute bookends. I have been searching for animal ones for ages, but the ones I’ve fallen in love with are a bit out of my budget.

So I thought I’d get my glitter on and make some cute elephant bookends myself.

Glitter is such a fun medium to work with (especially when it’s hot pink!) and the kids will love helping you make a new little addition to brighten up their shelves.


  • Paper mache animal (you can find them at Michaels)
  • 2 x piece of wood, each half the size of your animal
  • Glitter
  • Acrylic paint the same colour as your glitter
  • Acrylic paint in contrasting colour for base
  • Paint brush
  • Acrylic clear glaze
  • All purpose glue (or a glue gun)
  • Scissors

Step 1: Cut your paper mache animal in half using your scissors. If you are worried about it being straight, draw a line around where you want to cut and use this as a guide. I trimmed the inside edges once it was cut as well.
Step 2: Paint one half of your animal and straight away cover it with glitter. It is a good idea to place a clean piece of paper under the animal so you can catch the excess glitter and re-bottle it to use again. If you don’t want glitter to get everywhere when it’s being used on your shelf, spray the acrylic glaze lightly over your animal.
Step 3: While you are waiting for your animal to dry, paint your two base pieces. I’m really loving contrasting colours at the moment so hot pink and neon orange was my go to palette for this project.
Step 4: Once all the pieces are dry, glue your animal feet to your base. I tested each side to make sure it butted right up against the books and was nice and straight.

Now all that’s left to do is place your selection of books between your animal ends and enjoy the gorgeous vibrant addition to your shelf.

Find more of Rachael on her blog.

  1. How cute this is! I have to pin this!! =)

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  3. Diane

    Awesome tutorial. So unique and creative!

  4. David

    Really awesome idea, I think this is gonna make a great gift for my girlfriend. So cute!

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