Picture of Portal bookends

In this instructable I will try to show how I made my Portal bookends. I do not have the skills or the tools to make a fancy work so I tried to simplify it as much as I could. The items used are cheap and can be found easily.

The materials used were:

  • Simple pair of bookends
  • A piece of black EVA
  • Glue for EVA and styrofoam
  • Craft knife and scissors
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Template of the portal dude printed on regular paper
  • Template of the portals printed on adhesive paper

I uploaded the templates I used, made using Inkscape based on the files provided by Zeptozephyr.

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Step 1: The portals

Picture of The portals

First I used the craft knife to remove the white part inside the portals, due to lack of skills my cuts were not along the lines and my knife was damaging the paper.

Secondly I separated the two portals and stick them to the uncool bookends. I got lucky here beacuse my portals were perfectly aligned with the margin of the paper, so I did not have to cut it.

After the adhesive paper is on the bookends we cut the excess paper along the bookend line.

Repeat the process for the other portal.

Step 2: The dude

Picture of The dude

For the dude I cut the template and outlined it on the EVA, I realized I had a coin of the same size of the printed head so I used it instead, which made my job easier.

Using the craft knife and scissors I cut the EVA. The cuts were terrible, I could not keep a steady hand and the round parts got edges. This part I will probably redo as the results were not satisfactory.

I used the border of the EVA sheet so the part where the dude is glued to the bookend was perfectly straight, as it came from the factory.

On the Portal 2 logo the head floats above the body, as such a deed cannot be replicated on the real world I glued the head to the torso.

Yerodin1 year ago

Perhaps a wire shaped into the form of a ring, which could then be HEATED and used to melt through the EVA might take care of the problem you encountered with cutting out the printed head.

Also the craft knife might meet less resistance whilst cutting if the blade is both hot and sharp.

Just my 2 cents.

Vtor (author)  Yerodin1 year ago

Thanks for the tips. I plan on cutting a new version, this will definitely help.

Badwolf33112 days ago
You should enter this into the fandom contest!
Yyyyyyyyy1 year ago
I think it really nice,but where can i find the items?
Vtor (author)  Yyyyyyyyy1 year ago

All items were bought at stationery.

belpeor1 year ago
Love it
arent those put on back wards? i thought books were supposed to sit on the little lip part...
Vtor (author)  pmerrill11 year ago

I like them this way because they look like the room floor and create a protection area to avoid damage to the EVA.

that wasnt supposed to be a reply...

They are on backwards.

ben1123581 year ago
electro181 year ago
:D awesome concept ! I'm gonna definitely try this !

Those look great! Nice idea with the foam board :)

nice, looks very good :)