Old friends, old friends
Sat on their park bench like bookends…
Listening to Simon & Garfunkel this afternoon suddenly gave me a bright idea. I had a stack of old metal bookends I was given this week from a friend at another library I used to work at. The library is moving / downsizing / digitising so no longer needed the hundreds of bookends they had. I snapped them up, not really having any plans for them other than they might come in handy down the track. I have a million books and they are all jam-packed into bookshelves – not really any room for bookends and besides, these ones are pretty dull and ugly.
So I decided to jazz them up a bit and make them something I would be happy to display and use in my home. I’ve got loads of scrapbooking paper and some of it I just haven’t been inspired to use for anything up ’til now. I chose a nice Webster’sPages Robin’s Nest sheet – nice shabby chic blues and florals – and, after giving each bookend a quick rub down with some coarse sandpaper, I drew around them with a pencil onto the paper.
I then carefully cut the shapes out, keeping as close to the drawn line as possible.
I scored the paper cut-out lightly at the point where the booked “bends” to allow for easier application once the glue was on. Next, I slapped on a thin coat of PVA glue onto the bookend. The paper was then smoothed into place over the glue and rubbed to get rid of any air bubbles or crookedness! I left them to dry for an hour or so and then trimmed the edges as needed (hey, nobody’s perfect, right?). If I was more energetic (and less lazy) I would have varnished or sealed them to make them more long lasting. But as a quick fix-up, I think they look pretty good.
Yay! I accomplished something today! And I upcycled and made something pretty!