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quote mark diy bookends + how to make an easy peel template for cutting wood

I created these bookends as part of the #buildathome challenge to add interest to my living room built ins and help support some of my favorite reads

Check out the how-to video below and don't forget to pin this post for later.

Stacking up plywood is an easy way to build a blocked shape, plus adds a striped texture for interest. On these bookends, the striped plywood looks like pages on the edge of a book, which is a little extra design detail that makes these extra special.

Check out the video above for the tutorial or scroll down to see inspo images + a DIY card with shopping links.

p.s. I created a free template to help you get your cuts exactly right

 

 

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This project was a collaboration my friend Sam over at @diyhuntress put together — I teamed up with a bunch of DIYers and makers to build at home using scrap wood as we stay home and stay safe.

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DIY Quote Bookends

DIY Quote Bookends

Yield: 2

make these chic DIY bookends with typeface vibes & sides that mirror book pages

Instructions

  1. Print the FREE Quote Bookends Cut Template
  2. Stick down a piece of contact paper onto 2 of the plywood boards, then spray the back of each paper template with spray adhesive and stick one on each board
  3. Stack and attach template board to another plywood piece with screws on the outside of the typeface (for a double cut)
  4. Cut out the template using the scroll saw (or jig saw) — you'll have 2 quote marks per template stack (4 total)
  5. Apply wood glue to each quote mark and secure to a blank plywood piece. Secure with clamps to dry
  6. Using the quote mark as a guide, cut the bottom blank board (X4) with the scroll saw / jigsaw. After this, you'll have 4 stacks of two boards cut in the shape of quote marks
  7. Glue two of the quote mark stacks to each other and secure with 4-6x trim screws through the back of the piece, being careful not to drive them through the front (you'll now have just two quote marks with a 4 board stack on each)
  8. Sand to smooth and shape where needed — for screw holes + any pieces of plywood missing, mix sawdust from the sanding with wood glue to fill holes and cracks, let dry and sand again
  9. Paint the front of the quote mark with matte black paint, leaving the sides unpainted
  10. Seal the whole piece with matte Polyurethane
  11. Let dry, style on your shelf with your favorite books

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never skip brunch by cara newhart

I'm Cara, the designer & Chief Creative Enthusiast behind Never Skip Brunch. I'm a color & prints obsessed DIY queen who's here to help you create a beautifully lived-in life through home design advice and chic DIY tutorials

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