Make these Anthropologie bookends, which cost $168, with just $40 worth of materials easily available at a hardware store or Hobby Lobby. Erick and Emily from Hello Home Shoppe show us how.
Materials: two wooden blocks approximately 8 inches tall and 4 inches in diameter (you can have them cut specially at the hardware store), newspaper, chestnut-colored wood stain, tacky glue, a paintbrush, faux grass (available at craft stores), assorted pebbles and stones, assorted faux conifer tree figures, small plastic woodland figurines, and a Scene-A-Rama water kit (optional).
1. Spread out newsprint on your work surface. Using either a clean cloth or a paintbrush, begin to stain your wood blocks by gently applying the stain in the direction of the wood on all 4 vertical sides of the blocks. You can stain the bottom of the blocks if you choose but don’t stain the top. No need for a second coat — one should do it. Let dry for a couple hours.
2. Once your blocks are dry, create a mixture of tacky glue and water in a bowl. Using a paintbrush, paint the glue mixture on the top of the block that has not yet been stained.
3. While the glue is still wet, sprinkle on the faux grass. Press down lightly with your finger to adhere. Let dry a few hours.
4. If you wish to add a stream to your bookends, scrape off the grass using a blunt object (we used the end of a foam brush) until you reach your desired stream shape. Add a thin layer of glue to the outside border of your stream on both sides to create a seal when you add the water.
5. Paint on the water undercoat that comes with the Scene-A-Rama kit in the area where you scraped off the grass. If you don't have the kit, you can use thick acrylic blue paint instead. You can also add small pebbles on top of the undercoat to look like stones submerged in the water.
6. While the undercoat dries, start gluing down your animal figurines, pebbles, and trees in your desired location. Tweezers may come in handy during this step for holding the figures in place while the glue dries.
7. Once the water undercoat is dry, apply the realistic water effect that comes with the Scene-A-Rama kit. Let dry a few hours. If desired, once this layer is dry, add the water ripple special effect (the last layer in the kit).
8. Add a few more pebbles/whatever finishing touches you may have and let the bookends dry a few more hours before use.