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Hand Made: Lacquered Animal Bookends

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I was bursting at the seams to share this project and today is the day!  I love lacquered anything, but this cute little animals in a lovely deep blue are such a welcome addition to my office.  They were so so simple to make and the options of animal, object, and color are endless.  I think I might even make a few for gifts!

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I simply used Gorilla Super Glue to adhere a plastic toy to a brick, painted with a high gloss paint and finished it off with a high gloss lacquer top coat. Easy, huh?

I had so much fun playing around with styling them and thought the monkey’s faces were humorous.  I really wanted to find horses or a lion, but truth be told, finding the toy to use was the hardest part of this project.  I ended up using dog toys, but I think a trip to a large toy store probably would have yielded good results as well.

So what do you think?  Silly? Fun? Can I say chic?

Have a wonderful Thursday!


25 Comments on “Hand Made: Lacquered Animal Bookends”

  1. Jessica February 14, 2013 at 7:14 am #

    I love this! So easy and looks great! I would never have thought to do this :)

  2. Rebecca - A Daily Something February 14, 2013 at 7:21 am #

    This is genius, Erin! I want to make a gold pair :)

    • Erin | House of Earnest February 14, 2013 at 2:00 pm #

      That would be so pretty! I wanted to do gold, but I feel like I’m on gold overboard right now!

  3. Anh || Feminine 23 February 14, 2013 at 8:45 am #

    Ah I thought of using a brick as a bookend but you make it to a next level. A great idea!!

  4. becca February 14, 2013 at 10:43 am #

    how fun is this!
    our house is filled with funny little animal this-&-that, and I think that picking out the animals for this project sounds SO fun.

  5. Brittany Nixon February 14, 2013 at 10:46 am #

    This is such a great idea!! I can’t wait to do a pair of these for my bookshelves, too!!! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Alyssa February 14, 2013 at 11:04 am #

    These came out absolutely adorable…I definitely want to try this out!

  7. Sunny February 14, 2013 at 1:11 pm #

    Would love to find a set of three See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil monkey figures and stagger them on bookcase shelves!

  8. Ashley February 14, 2013 at 4:55 pm #

    I love these! Never thought of using a brick as the base- brilliant!

  9. Tiffany February 15, 2013 at 7:22 am #

    Those are so fun and inventive, and the monkeys are fantastic. Thanks for sharing the idea!

  10. Lucy February 18, 2013 at 5:06 pm #

    This is the most creative idea! I love how simple it is but how gorgeous the result comes out in the end. Thanks so much for sharing!

    -Lucy @ Leading a Happy Life

  11. Samantha February 19, 2013 at 11:35 am #

    I recently picked up dinosaurs from the Target dollar bin and can’t wait to do a similar project!

    • Samantha February 19, 2013 at 11:37 am #

      And did you read Casual Vacancy, yet? How was it, if so? I haven’t yet, but have been meaning to!

      • Erin | House of Earnest February 19, 2013 at 2:08 pm #


        I always finish books, but this one is still just half read. Nit as emthralling as I’d hoped, but good writing nonetheless!

        • Samantha February 20, 2013 at 4:48 am #

          Good to know. I’ll find it at the library.

  12. LIttle Blezz June 19, 2013 at 5:36 am #

    Lovely idea.. I’ll try this after going back home.

  13. LIttle Blezz June 19, 2013 at 5:38 am #

    It’s a interesting site also. I’d love to follow you

  14. Leigh Buehler-Rappold June 21, 2013 at 10:38 am #

    Holy cow these are adorable! Erin you amaze me at your creativity…new bookends for me and the kids!! I think I’ll make some race car ones for my son’s room. He has a ton of race cars that are not in the best of shape.

  15. Amye July 19, 2013 at 2:36 pm #

    What a creative idea – and love the Storypeople print in the background!

  16. Brittany September 26, 2013 at 12:18 pm #

    i LOVE this color navy, whats the brand?? i always have a hard time finding the perfect dark blue sprays!!

    • Erin | House of Earnest September 26, 2013 at 12:31 pm #

      HI Brittany – it’s from Valspar at Lowes! I think it’s the only navy they have, but I agree that it is my fave navy I’ve found in spray form :)

  17. Wendy October 5, 2013 at 9:03 pm #

    Thank you so much for this great idea, I cannot find bookends I love in black and the only ones available out there are way too expensive.


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