Homemade Bookends

In one of my grad classes, my professor told us about how she feels it is important to have a set of hardcover books or special books that are kept in a special place that kids are not able to reach.  I thought that it was a bit weird at the time, because I thought that it was important to have all books where kids can grab and explore them at any time.  However, after having kids, I agree with my professor.

Here are my reasons for wanting to keep a set of books away from the reach of my kids:

  • I am devastated every time I find a ripped or misplaced book cover.  Kids at my kids age, two and three, have a hard time truly treating hard cover books the way that they deserve to be treated
  • It adds a sense of mystery to the books.  It makes them more special and adds a sense of respect to them.
  • It helps kids to judge books.  It helps them to know some are worth more than others

With all this being said, I decided on a spot in my daughter room where the “special books can be stored where she won’t be able to reach them, but she will be able to see them.  I was going to put them on the top of her dresser.  The only thing that I needed was book-ends to help them stand up.  We got right to work….

I found several different book-ends that were more expensive than what I wanted to pay.  I also want my daughter to have a sense of ownership in what she has in her room.  So we headed over to Jo-Ann Fabrics.  I found these little wooden birdhouses that were one buck each!!

I bought two of them.  I knew that the birdhouses were not going to be heavy enough, so I found some small rocks that would fit in the hole of the birdhouse at the dollar store. Here is what we did…

We used our special Martha Stewart paints that we had on hand for this project.  My daughter chose orange, pink and purple paints.

We used our special Martha Stewart paints that we had on hand for this project. My daughter chose orange, pink and purple paints.

I had to have an activity for my son to do too, so he had a water painting book to work on.

I had to have an activity for my son to do too, so he had a water painting book to work on.

Working hard...

Working hard…

Hardly working.

Hardly working.

The Bookends Drying

The Bookends Drying

They made an assembly line.  My son handed my daughter the rocks and she put them in the house.  Teamwork!

They made an assembly line. My son handed my daughter the rocks and she put them in the house. Teamwork!

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The Finished Product

The Finished Product

When I went to put them up in her room, I found that they worked really well when put together on one side.  This works for us now.  However, in the future I think that we are going to put two more on the other side (I already bought them, in case they run out).

When I went to put them up in her room, I found that they worked really well when put together on one side. This works for us now. However, in the future I think that we are going to put two more on the other side (I already bought them, in case they run out).

The side view.  I am thinking that I may glue something onto the roof, like moss, photos, or tissue paper.  I don't know yet, so these will work for now.  They turned out really cute and my daughter loves them!

The side view. I am thinking that I may glue something onto the roof, like moss, photos, or tissue paper. I don’t know yet, so these will work for now. They turned out really cute and my daughter loves them!

This entire project, with the two additional birdhouses, cost $5!  I love it because it is way cheaper than the store-bought variety, we could make it whatever color we wanted, and my daughter has a sense of ownership and pride about them.  I will update, if or when we add anything to them.  Enjoy!!

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