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Party Crafts and DIY

Easy DIY “Blast Off” Space Bookends

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Hi, I’m Suzie of Project: Party Perfect and I’m super excited to share my first guest blog post with SandLB readers! With National Read Across America coming up on March 3rd, I wanted to combine two of my son’s favorite things: books and Space.

Here’s how to create your own bookends for your little Space enthusiast, without breaking the bank. This project cost me less than $10 to make!

What you’ll need:

  • (4) 4″by 6″ wood pieces (I bought a 1″x4″x6′ for $3 at my local hardware and I had them cut my pieces)
  • sandpaper
  • wood glue
  • hot glue
  • cotton swap or tooth pick
  • spray paint
  • craft paint
  • foam brush
  • paint brush
  • toys (I used my son’s space shuttle that was missing a wheel and a small globe, you can also use a small foam ball)


Paint Your Pieces
I spray painted the toys so the color would be distributed evenly and I applied acrylic paint with a foam brush to the wooden blocks. Make sure to sandpaper the wood before painting.

**Allow the paint to completely dry before applying another coat.**

Once the globe is dry, use a thin paint brush to create the Earth’s landmass. I’m not an artist, I just printed an image of the Earth and went with the flow. It doesn’t need to be perfect. 🙂

Attach the Wood
Using Wood Glue, attach 2 wooden pieces together to make a 90 degree angle. Use a toothpick or cotton swab to remove any excess glue.
Place heavy books on top of your bookends to help apply pressure while the glue sets.

Attach the Toys
Once everything is dry and set, use hot glue to attach your toys.