DIY Bookends | Die Cut Word Challenge | Photo Tutorial

Hi all,

This is Shruti here from Shrootzies with yet another photo tutorial. As you know the challenge this month is to create any project with a die-cut word on it.

So keeping the challenge in mind I decided to try something new and make a bookend from scratch.

One thing that my daughter, husband and I have in common are our love for books! We unapologetically hoard them. Old books, new books, story books, educational books, fiction, non fiction, you name it and we have it. Which is why I was always on a lookout for an interesting bookend until I decided to make one myself.

So without further ado: How to make your own bookends.

Here is what I received in my DT kit for the month of October.


I decided to use the Prima Wooden trays as my base for the bookends.


To begin with I added some texture on to the sides of the tray using some texture paste and a stencil.


Once it dried up I sprayed on some gold spray paint on it.


While the paint dried, I cut some pattern papers to adhere on the wooden trays.


I went through my daughters toys and sneaked these cute mini chair and table which I spray painted with gold paint as well. With the scraps left from the pattern paper I made these really cute mini books.


Using a hot glue gun, I glued down the wooden trays together.


My idea was to create a miniature library scene on the panel. Here, I added some small  rectangular pieces of cardboard to make it look like a book shelf. The words were die cut using my Silhouette Cameo.


The back of the largest wooden panel was sealed using cardboard topped with pattern paper.


Once the panel was ready I glued down all the mini elements together.


Here is a closer look at it.


That completes one end of the bookend.

Now for the other side I repeated the same steps on the panels. But for the insides I decided to place a cute little owl, for which I got this little cutie from a dollar store.
diy-bookend8Here is how it looks once it was spray painted with some gold

I painted its eyes with some black and white acrylic paint.


How cute is it?


Here is how they look once put together.

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I hope you will give this DIY a try. As always, feel free to hit us up in the comments below with anything that isn’t clear. And most importantly, happy making!

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I hope you enjoyed the tutorial and would participate in this month’s challenge.

To enter this month’s challenge, here are the guidelines:

1. Create a project with a Die-cut word in it.

2. Upload your entry at our Member Gallery and link us up in this thread in the forum October 2016 Challenge – Die-cut word.

3. All entries are due by October 30, 2016.

4. Challenge winner will receive a prize pack worth AED50.


1. A winner will be announced only if we have THREE new submissions.

2. All projects submitted for the challenge must be NEW and created AFTER the challenge went live.