Hey friends, how are you doing? It’s been a tough year and I’m sure we all can’t wait to get back to some semblance of normalcy. I know I’ve been gone a while, my apologies, but I’m slowly getting back into creating starting with this easy DIY. I don’t know if it’s boho style or rustic, but I think it’s cute! Let me know in the comments if you agree.
These are rope wrapped bookends. Honestly I’m not sure wrapped is the right word, considering they’re not exactly wrapped, but you’ll see what I mean. Anyhow, enough of my rambling let’s get on with it.
For this DIY you’ll need ,
- Metal bookends
- Jute rope
- Cotton rope
- Glue gun and glue sticks
- Cardstock or construction paper
To create my bookends I used the Bottna bookends from IKEA. They came in a pack of two, one black and the other antracite.
I don’t think IKEA still carries these bookends however I found some on Amazon that will work just fine. They come in a four pack, enough for you to make bookends for yourself and to gift.
Now before you say, but Nikki, the shape is different, I know, but it will still work. What you’ll want to do first is cut a piece of card stock to fit just over the opening of your bookend. Glue your paper to the inside part of the bookend, you want to make sure that that part is covered so your rope has something to adhere to. Now begins the fun part. Grab your rope and glue the end of it to one end of your bookend starting at the corner and going up and around gluing as you go. When you get to opposite corner cut off the excess rope. Now taking the end of your rope again. Place a dab of glue right next to where you glued the first bit of rope and glue down that end, going up and around again, don’t forget to add glue as you go. Once you get to the end, you want to cut the rope like you did before.
Keep adding rope, when you get to about three quarters of the way in it’s time to switch to the cotton cord. Sorry I don’t have a picture of it, but you will basically continue the process except with the cotton cord. If you don’t want to use more than one color you can skip this step and continue with the rope. If when you get to the middle there is not enough room to make a loop, simply cut a piece of rope to fit the space and glue that in, making sure to tuck the top end under the rope above so it doesn’t show.
The final and possibly most important step to make your piece look finished is to add rope on the outside edge of the bookend to help cover the metal edges
And that’s it, your bookends are done! Easy Peasy right! If you try this know ways to improve this project let me know in the comments. And don’t forget to follow me on on social media @nikkifridy_accidental_crafter I’d love to be friends.