Our playroom makeover is almost complete, and I’m so excited about some of the finishing touches we’re adding! First we found the perfect toy storage and made adorable chalkboard labels so the boys know where everything goes. Then we added a vintage record wall, herringbone watercolor art, magnet boards, and simple animal artwork to help decorate the space! Everything is looking so fun and colorful, and today I’m super excited to show you my latest little addition to our playroom!
Plastic Elephant Book Ends!
I spotted this photo on Pinterest awhile back, and instantly fell in love. I knew I had to have them for our play room!
Come to find out, these adorable Labrador Bookends are from Pottery Barn Teen, which means definitely not in my price range!
One day while shopping with my blog buddy, Jocelyn, I spotted some little plastic elephants in the dollar bin at Michael’s and just knew they had to come home with me! Ever since my youngest son, Wyatt, was born, I find myself drawn to elephants for some reason. There’s some connection between the two. My aunt says it has something to do with the strong maternal instincts Mommy elephants have when their babies are born. Whatever it is, I just love them!
So I picked up two elephants from the store and came home to see what else I needed to DIY some book ends. I had a couple spare pieces of 1 x 4′s at home, so I decided to use those to create the base of my book ends. I cut the 1 x 4′s into four 5″ pieces and sanded down the rough edges.
Next I spray painted all the wood and the elephants. I first used a spray primer and then painted everything in a pretty teal blue, allowing to dry between coats. To protect the paint and give everything a nice, glossy finish, I also sprayed on a few coats of clear gloss sealer.
Once all the pieces were dry, it was time to assemble the book ends. First I laid one wood block down on a table. I applied wood glue to the long edge of another wood block and placed it sitting upright on the far edge of the bottom block, creating an L shape. Perpendicular to the bottom block, if you prefer : )
I held the block in place for a few seconds to allow the glue to set a bit, and then repeated the process with the other two wood blocks. To attach the elephants to the book end bases, I used a dab of my favorite E-6000 glue on the bottom of the elephant’s feet and placed him centered on the bottom wood block. You can use whatever super glue you have on hand!
After allowing the glue to adequately dry, I set the adorable new book ends on our shelves in the playroom:
I was worried they wouldn’t be heavy enough, but they hold the books up perfectly! And seriously, how cute is a tiny teal elephant? Swoon!!
Just think of all the other fun animals you could use too!
But these little elephants are definitely my favorite : )
And they look adorable sitting next to the Framed Giraffe Art I made with a simple dollar store frame and scrapbook paper!
It’s the fun little details like these book ends that give a room huge personality. I cannot wait to show you the playroom makeover room reveal soon!
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