I have been wanting to make some cute bookends for my girls room. My cousin, Bonnie and I, spent all day thrifting, trying to find a knick-knack to make the cute bookends that are all over Pinterest right now. We looked everywhere, but couldn't find anything.
That’s when this little gem popped into my head.
My mom gave me this old brass elephant a few years back. It was missing a tusk and it was a little dated, but I knew I would eventually figure out something to do with it. And I realized it was the perfect piece for the bookends I wanted to create.
Here is what I did-
First, I got my super cute hubby to cut it in half for me.
Next, I spray painted it grey to give it a base. I knew I was going to modpodge paper on it, so giving it a base would help with coverage.
I found this paper that matched my daughters’ room perfectly.
(When you mod podge paper it helps if the paper is thin one-sided stuff. Smaller patterns work better for projects with lots of grooves and corners.)
After a few evenings ofwatching Netflix , with the hubby, I got it all covered. I even got him to help me towards the end.
It took me about 4 12 x 12 papers to do the whole thing. I didn’t worry too much about creases in the paper; I was more concerned about the paper being really flat around all of the curves so that they would show through.
Lastly, after I got it all covered, I painted a couple of scrap boards that I had nailed together to make a base for my elephant to stand on. My hubby drilled a hole in the bottom of the boards and in the bottom of the elephant’s feet and screwed in a few long screws. This elephant is not going anywhere.
Now it is ready to display!