Reader DIY: Animal Bookends and Brass Figurines

Ooh! I love this Reader DIY from the adorable and talented Cassie at Hi Sugarplum!


Cassie figured out a really inexpensive way to make cute book ends and brass-looking table top accessories (HERE and HERE).


She picked up random little toys and figurines from thrift stores, hobby shops and the dollar bin at Target and spray painted them!


She super glued the painted figurines to flat rocks and made really cool, unique bookends.


Cassie did a similar project using (my go-to) Rustoleum in Brass from their metallics line.


PS Their gold color has way too much pink in it, but the brass is a lovely bright yellow. It really looks like brass, right? I'm thinking a trip to the Homegoods clearance section is in order!!


Cassie spent less than $5 on each of these. Little projects like this that cost almost nothing are so great. It's a nice way to get a fun look that you don't have to commit to. If she wants to change these out for something else later, there's no reason to feel bad. I love it.

Thanks for sharing, Cassie!

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28 comments:

Amelia said...

You really have the best readers and the DIY's are totally charming!
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Lemanie said...

Aww!! What a cute lil elephant!! So simple!!?!?!!!

Laurie said...

Great DIY. It does make it easy to change things up.

yvonne doyle said...

I love this idea! I feel like heading to Toys R' Us to pick up some plastic animals today after work!

Kerry @ Design du Monde said...

I know what I'm doing today!

(Eileen) a creative day said...

Ahhh love this diy. Want to head to homegoods asap!

xoxo
eileen
www.acreativedayblog.com

Lindsey said...

This is so cool and such an affordable way to add interesting accessories.

LindsB said...

Such a cute idea! As if I need another reason to bring more elephants in my house, but I think this is a good excuse :)

Room to Grow said...

That's fantastic! Love!!

Mrs. Ch√Ętelaine in Paris said...

Such a great and simple idea!

Looooove it!

xoxo Mrs. Ch√Ętelaine

Lauren said...

haha i love those! they make me smile ; )

Allyson said...

What a great idea. And thanks for noting that the gold has too much pink in it; it's much appreciated.

Amber Interiors said...

I Love Cassie! She is such a superstar!

Dana Gastelum said...

I love Cassie! She is the DIY queen! ;)

Sarah O'Brien said...

this is great, i'm off to find an elephant, for some reason i'm obsessing over elephants right now!

Portland Sunshine said...

wow. love this!
http://portlandsunshine.blogspot.com/2012/02/painted-animal-figures-and-funny.html

sarahbarksdaledesign.com said...

I have a few little trinkets like this I got from my grandmother's house, but I have not decided on a color. I like the brass a lot... maybe I will try that!

able mabel said...

Seriously love this!!

Adie Andrews said...

That are so cool elephant inspirations looking just perfectly as a part from the interior. Greets book a flat for olympics

Anonymous said...

I love this idea... The brass looking horse head is awesome!


Jeanna / http://dramaqueenseams.com

Shannon said...

i bought a gray elephant from a thrift store almost a year ago and just got around to painting him last weekend! i choose white but maybe someday i'll go back and give him a pop of color!

JoJo said...

Thank you so much for sharing this! I picked up those plastic animals out of the $1 bin (technically $2.50) from Target last year just for a good laugh but had no use for them. Now, I do!

I am Megan said...

What!? This is freaking awesome!!! I am so going to try this

Sandra said...

Genious!!!! I'm doing this! Thanks for the inspo!

www.littlerockbigstyle.com

becky said...

This is a really good idea and it could open a lot of decorator options for lots of plastic...cheap looking items. There's a lot of things that could look fabulous.
becky@reinventingtheordinary.com

Aaron said...

This is awesome information. I am happy to see creativity and a little bit marketing?
rent for the Olympic
book a flat for Olympics 2012

Morgan said...

This is such an interesting and innovative idea! I can really appreicate the whimsical feel the elephants give to the room and better yet, its a DIY project!

Barb said...

Found you (well this project anyway) on Pinterest. So amazing. Love it!

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