Make It Your Own
A geode may not be the first thing that springs to mind when you see these cube bookends but, honestly, that’s where my design process started! I love the way geodes have a seemingly glowing, coloured interior encased in solid, neutral rock, and I wanted to make something to achieve the same effect. I’ve lost count of the number of colour combinations I tried until I found the right one: mushroom grey with the brightest pink.
There are lots of places you can get wood or MDF cut to size – just search online for somewhere close to you.
MAKE IT YOUR OWN
• You can pick up gorgeous, vintage wooden bookends (on eBay or in secondhand or
charity shops) which look great as they are, or you can spruce them up with a couple of coats of bright acrylic paint (like the red pair in the photo opposite).
• Once you’ve made the cubes, they are something of a blank canvas that you could decorate in any number of ways. You could mask and paint them with stripes, or coat the inside with glue and cover it in glitter
– the possibilities are endless.
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You Will Need
Set out one of your 10 cm x 10 cm (4 inches x 4 inches) wooden blocks flat on a piece of newspaper.
Check that all your edges line up neatly and make any adjustments while the glue is still wet. Clean off any excess glue gently with a tissue (on the inside and outside).
Repeat this with your remaining four blocks for your second bookend and leave both cubes to dry (ideally overnight).
Once the glue is completely dry, sand any rough edges or slight overlaps.
With your grey acrylic, paint the sides and edges of your cubes. You can do this in stages, letting parts dry and then turning the cubes over (so they are never sat on a wet side!). Build up coats of paint in this way, until you have a smooth, opaque finish. Leave to dry completely.
To paint the inside of the cube, first mask the outside edges on either side with masking tape. Using your second colour, paint the inside of each cube, again, building up several coats to create a strong, solid colour.
Once the inside colour is dry, carefully remove the masking tape. To get a really neat edge between the two colours you may have to use a fine brush to go over any specks of paint that have found their way under the masking tape.
Once all the paint is dry, your bookends are ready to use.