While I haven’t been riding in oh, let’s just round down and call it 20 years, I still am amazed and
in awe of these gorgeous creatures. They are a little scary too for those of us who are not exactly
My daughter Abbie’s room has quite a few horse accents in it, and I find them popping up all over
since cleaning out my family home this past year.
1208 (twelveOeight) , the house I grew up in and our family built, was a small working farm
and orchard for many years. And the inspiration behind this blog of mine!
I think we had our horses until I was about 6.
I was sad to see them go, not really because I had done any riding at that point, but because how much
my Mom and Grandpa loved them.
So many stories, pictures, and memories of the way a tack room smells, and barrels of oats.
So while I don’t have a tack room, just a set of spurs, a few ropes, and lots of equine ephemera,
I thought I might add a twist on these rustic wood bookends by adding a pretty Spotted Saddle
I was picking up a few pieces of furniture to refinish from a local thrift store and saw this horse
for .99 so you know, I had to buy it.
Am I the only one who feels obligated to buy really cute things because we are worried that
whoever ends up with them won’t appreciate them properly?
That really sounds like some sort of disorder that should have a name, and maybe some hope
that we can someday use self control when thrifting.
That will work for now.
I brought it home and thought it would look pretty on Abbie’s dresser, but I have seen so many
fun spray-painted animals turned into bookends, or glued to the tops of jars that I figured I could
turn it into something fun.
Here is what I used and how I made these super duper easy DIY Horse Bookends…
- 4 pieces of scrap wood or pine board cut into 6″ long pieces (my board was 5 1/2 ” long)
- Wood stain or antiquing polish that is dark to tint the wood
- Plastic horse, I would avoid one with a mane, it might get messy!
- Hammer and 6-8 nails
- Paper towels
- Fine sandpaper
To connect your wood squares, follow the arrows in the picture above and connect two pieces in an “L”
shape with a few nails. Next you can use either wood stain, acrylic paint, or I used dark wood wax
and I am really pleased with how rich the color is, yet still kind of sheer.
I rubbed in the wax, and once it was completely dry, used a bit of sandpaper to smooth out the edges.
The plastic horse wasn’t quite as easy to cut as the wood, but I just measured the halfway mark from
end to end and made the cut right down the center.
Placing each bookend level in front of me, I chose the placement for each end of the horse and used
a line of glue everywhere the plastic would be meeting with wood.
I let the pieces dry well, and put them to use right away!
So, I’m pretty sure we can safely add “carpentry skills” to our resumes now don’t you think?
So, there you have it. A pair of fun horse bookends that you could do all kinds of different things with.
A hot pink horse, silver horse, painted wood, adding metal brads to the wood for a more
detailed, industrial look. I think a couple of vintage garden gnomes would look like of cute too!
Until next time, thank you for reading friend, love you SO!!