DIY Bird Bookends

January 07, 2021 | FILED UNDER: Tabletop Decor
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DIY Bird Bookends

I love birds. I love them so much that I subscribe to a magazine called Birds and Blooms. 😃 The same one my grandma (another bird lover!) subscribed to. It is full of beautiful images of song birds and I thought it would be fun to use them in a craft. I decided to give a whimsical update to a pair of wooden bookends that I bought at the Goodwill. Read on to see how they turned out!

Books with bird bookends

This is a fun and easy decoupage craft that uses Mod Podge to seal the birds to the bookends.

 

 

Supplies for DIY Bird Bookends

  • Plain wood bookends (I found mine at the thrift store. You could also make your own out of wood blocks!)
  • Bird images (I cut mine from my Birds and Blooms magazine!)
  • White acrylic paint
  • Mod Podge
  • Brush

How to Make Bird Bookends

Step 1: Paint bookends with craft paint

If you want to change the color of your bookends before adding the bird pictures, you can paint them with acrylic craft paint. I choose white paint for my bookends so that the birds would really pop!

How to update bookends with paint

Step 2: Cut out bird images

Now for the fun part! Pick your favorite bird images to decorate your bookends. I cut out pictures from a magazine. But any bird photos or drawings would work! I cut the images as close to the birds as possible to make them look realistic.

Cutting out bird images from magazine

Step 3: Apply to bookends with Mod Podge

Decide the placement of your birds on the bookends. Then using a foam brush apply a thin coat of Mod Podge to the back of a bird images and smooth onto the bookend.

Decorating a bookend with bird pictures

Step 4: Seal with Mod Podge

Add an even coat of Mod Podge to cover the bird image and the entire front of the bookends for a consistent finish. Let dry completely. Repeat by adding images to the sides of the bookends.

How to seal magazine images with Mod Podge

Bookends decorated with pictures of birds

I think the birds look especially cute perched on the branches! Definitely more interesting than the previous plain wood bookends. While I used bookends, you could use this technique to update a wood tray or box!

Painted wood bookends with birds 

Are you a bird lover too?

Then don’t miss my DIY Bird Wreath!

DIY Bird Wreath

 

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