Pretty Handy readers Happy New Year! Jaime here today from That’s My Letter to share how to make scrap wood DIY Owl Bookends. It’s January and everyone is in cleaning, purging, and organizational mode. While you’re cleaning out the scrap wood bin, save a few scraps to make these cute owl bookends. They are adorable and will help straighten up your bookshelf, too.
I used scrap wood pieces straight from my cut off bin to quickly put together these bookends. These wood pieces happen to be different colors (some stained, some cedar, some painted) but you could easily use new lumber and paint the owls in fun colors.
This is a great gift idea for adults and kids alike! I sent this pair off to my sister who happened to have an owl get down her chimney (someone left the flue open!) and was flying around in her house.
Below are the step-by-step instructions including materials and a cut list. Always follow all safety precautions when using power tools.
- scrap wood pieces as listed below
- miter saw
- measuring tape & pencil
- drill & drill bits
- 1 1/4″ wood screws
- 1 1/4″ finish nails
- 3/4″ finish nails
- wood glue
Cut List (for 1 bookend):
- 1 – 1×6 @ 6 3/4″ pine board (side)
- 1 – 1×6 @ 6″ pine board (base)
- 1 – 1×6 @ 6″ cedar board (head)
- 1 – 1×4 @ 3 3/4″ pine board (face)
- 2 – 1 1/4″ circular dowel (eyes)
- 1 – cedar plank scrap (beak)
Step 1: Assemble the bookend. Attach side piece to base using wood glue and countersunk 1 1/4″ wood screws.
Step 2: Cut out owl head shape as per sketch.
Step 3: Attach the face piece to head using wood glue and 1 1/4″ finish nails.
Step 4: Attach eyes and beak to head using wood glue and 3/4″ finish nails.
Step 5: Center owl onto base and attach using wood glue and 1 1/4″ countersunk screws.
Be sure to sand any rough edges. I recommend painting the owl prior to attaching it to the bookend.
Cheers to another great scrap wood project. Now go raid your bin and make some owl bookends!
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