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DIY mountain bookends
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These mountain-shaped bookends are one cute way to keep your children’s books in line. 

You will need: 

  • Plywood sheet approx. 5mm thick 
  • Mountain bookend templates (download below) 
  • Scissors 
  • Pencil 
  • Scroll saw, jigsaw or similar 
  • Sandpaper 
  • Metal bookends 
  • Quick bond glue suitable for wood and metal 
  • Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks 
  • Resene testpots in colours of your choice – we used Resene Gulf Stream, Resene Paradise and Resene Sebedee, Resene Japonica and Resene Alabaster 
  • Resene testpot brush 
  • Small artist paint brushes 
  • High quality painter’s masking tape 

Step 1  Cut out the bookend templates (download below) using scissors then trace them on to your plywood using a pencil. 

Step 2  Using a scroll saw or jigsaw, cut out shapes and sand down any sharp edges. Wipe away sawdust with a clean, dry cloth. 

Step 3  Paint main mountain colours on to each of the large triangles and squares. We used Resene Paradise to paint one large isosceles triangle and one large right triangle and Resene Sebedee for the other large isosceles and large right triangles. For best results, do two coats and allow adequate drying time in between. If desired, you can use a hair dryer to help speed up the drying process. 

Step 4  While your main coloured pieces are drying, paint your smaller right triangles. We used two coats of Resene Japonica for one and two coats of Resene Gulf Stream for the other. 

Step 5 Once all your triangles are dry, mask off the tips of the tips of the mountains and paint on the snow caps. We used two coats of Resene Alabaster. 

Step 6  Glue your smaller mountains on top of your larger mountains, aligning the corners, using hot glue. 

Step 7Using quick bond glue, attach your isosceles triangles to the backs of your metal bookends. Allow the glue to bond before moving on. 

Step 8  Using quick bond glue or hot glue, apply a bead of glue to the vertical edge of your Resene Paradise mountain and adhere it to the centre of the Resene Paradise isosceles triangle. Do the same with the Resene Sebedee mountain, adhering it to the Resene Sebedee isosceles triangle. Let your bookends dry overnight before using them to make sure the glue sets completely. 

No hue is out of reach when it comes to colouring these cute mountain bookends. Wall in  Resene Saltpan (sky) , Resene Trojan (mountains) , Resene Bubble White (snow caps) and  Resene Highland (grass), shelf in  Resene Java, tall vase in Resene Sebedee, small vase in Resene Bubble White and DIY mountain bookends in  Resene Sebedee,  Resene Japonica,  Resene Gulf Steam,  Resene Paradise  and  Resene Alabaster

To print out the below templates, right click on each template and select 'save image as'. Save the image to your computer and then print them out on to A4-sized paper. 

 

 

 

 

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Category: create with paint

Published on Apr 15, 2020

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