How to Make Dinosaur Bookends
What do you give a girl who loves dinosaurs? Dinosaur bookends, of course!
My daughter turned 20 last week. I can hardly believe that this little peanut is so old. Seems like yesterday that she was giving slobbery kisses and following me around the house like a little shadow.
These days, you are more likely to see her like this…
Okay, maybe not all the time. Ha! Most of the time, I see her buried in textbooks, studying to be a paleontologist. Please hold off on the Ross Gellar references – she’s so much cooler than him!
It feels like just the other day when I posted about her 18th birthday, and here we are two years later! Time sure does fly.
Of course, present buying is always a bigger task when the birthday girl says she doesn’t know what she wants, but I’ve figured out that just scoping her Pinterest board for “products I love” will always lead me in the right direction. Almost feels like cheating!
One of the first pins I found was this one…
As always, please click on the picture to be taken to the website where you can find this item! Thank you Erin!!
Tori is a HUGE book lover, and her library is pretty impressive so far. I know when she has her own place someday, she will have books all over the place. Bookends will always be needed at her house. Anyway, I thought this would be a great project for me to tackle. I decided to combine her love of books and dinosaurs.
I picked up a few of those plastic dinosaurs at Michaels and Target (4 of them were $1 a piece and the two bigger ones were $3 a piece). We cut the two bigger ones in half.
I asked my husband to pick up a four foot piece of beautiful wood at Home Depot, which was $28. I know that’s a little pricey, but I knew I was going to be staining the pieces, so it had to be “good wood”.
This is what I did…
- stained the wood with Minwax dark walnut stain
- my husband cut the pieces down for me (then stained the sides of the wood)
- we glued the wood pieces together and used our very cool Ryobi brad nailer (I love that thing!) to secure them
- I put three coats of the Minwax Helmsman spar urethane spray
- primed, then painted the dinosaurs black.
- I used Gorilla Glue epoxy to attach the dinosaurs to the wood pieces
- let everything dry for a day or two
She LOVED them!
Now, if I could just get my son to start a Pinterest account so I could get some ideas for his next birthday… 🙂
So, what pins from Pinterest have you tried lately??