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How To Make Bookends From Ceramic Tile

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For a fun and easy craft on a rainy or snowy day, get your glue gun, some old, recycled, reusable, or even new 3 or 4 inch tiles and make a pair (or more) of bookends. The tiles are very dense materials so the bookends are quite heavy and able to support large books.
 
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Step 2: Select Four Tiles For Each Set Of Bookends

Clean tiles, if recycling them, or if new, simply pick four tiles to use. If making the bookends from three inch tiles, use eight tiles for each bookend.

Step 4: Cover Bookends With Material Of Choice

I made a template out of yellow paper I had on hand. I wanted to cover them with decorative paper(s) so made the template. That way I could cut as many pieces of paper as needed to make several bookends if desired. I would include a pdf of this pattern, but undoubtedly your tiles are different sizes than mine.  And, a template is not necessary. Just lay out paper and measure and cut to cover areas of the tiles. See pictures and image notes.

Step 5: Decorate or Embellish

Bookends at this stage can be decorated with paper of choice; paint your bookend with craft paint or tempura if you choose.  Glue on articles like small statues, vehicles, marbles, flowers, sea shells, or any small object ad infinitum.  For papers, choose decorative papers, fabrics, magazine pictures, pictures you have, maps you no longer need, etc.  As you can see the possibilities are endless. Have fun!
bushra4 years ago
wow dats kewl !!!
i ll try it thx a lot :D
Way cool. I have needed bookends for my mantle for so long. GREAT instructable.
Creativeman (author)  noise_metal_freak4 years ago
Thank you. Cman
so for one bookend,  you have four on the bottom, and four for the side is that right?
Creativeman (author)  porcupinemamma4 years ago
If 3 inch tiles are used, it's best to use 4 on each "leg" of the bookend, I believe. The one I made with the 4 inch tile only needed 2 on each leg. Thanks for your question. Cman
HandyMummy4 years ago
A lot of tiles are so nice that further decoration would be a shame. I would glue a piece (or four tiny pieces) of thin leather underneath to protect the shelves - nothing else if the tiles are nice.
Creativeman (author)  HandyMummy4 years ago
You're right, HM, that's a good idea re: the leather. Cman
Ninzerbean4 years ago
 I can't believe I have actually paid for book ends (in the past), great idea Cman!
Creativeman (author)  Ninzerbean4 years ago
Thanks Ninzerbean...Cman
 This is a great idea after a tile project. You always either have too few or way too many - it would definitely help turn the leftovers into something useful. :)
Creativeman (author)  jessyratfink4 years ago
Hey, thanks jesse: My tiling days are over, but you are right: whenever I would do a project, the directions always said "add 10 to 15%" to your order...just in case. well I always ended up with too many. Do you suppose the tile co.s had a stake in the directions? But then I'm cynical....Cman
lemonie4 years ago
I know where to pick up an abandoned car-battery, you're making me thing of lead... thanks.

L

Nice book-ends
Creativeman (author)  lemonie4 years ago
Huh? I don't get the reference to a car battery.....but thanks for the compliment, anyway.
You've got the weight you need for book-ends, in thinking of heavy-stuff you might not think of using for book-ends you got me thinking about lead-electrodes.

L
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