DIY Bookends: How To Make Truck Bookshelf Decor

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DIY Bookends should be fun and stand out among your books, but they don’t need to be expensive! Use a few tools to quickly make these cute, interchangeable bookends..

Hello! I’m Amy and I blog over at amylanham.com. I love to have seasonal decor throughout my house. I used to be really good about changing out my decor. But then I had kids, and I don’t have all the time, or space, for lots of individual seasonal decor.

wood Truck bed with hearts in the back books in the middle and then the front of the truck

But I still enjoy having some decor that can change with the seasons. When I saw these trucks trucks with interchangeable seasonal decor, I knew I had to have them!

How to Make DIY Bookends

These bookends are super simple to make and can use scrap wood or supplies you already have. And I love a project that can help me use up some scrap wood!

5 wood cut outs painted, top right 3 trees, top left pumpkin stack, middle American flag, bottom right hearts, bottom left flowers with watering can.

What you need: 

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DIY Tools Needed: 

wood truck bed with flowers and watering can in it holding up books

Supplies Needed: 

These are the ingredients you’ll need. All the exact amounts are in the printable card at the bottom of this post.

wood Truck bed with hearts in the back books in the middle and then the front of the truck

DIY Bookends Tips:

What if I don’t have access to a Miter saw?

No problem!

It makes the project easier if you do, but if not no problem. Use an exacto knife to cut the truck in half, instead of using the miter saw.

wood Truck bed with flowers and watering can in the back books in the middle and then the front of the truck

You can also use a hand saw to cut the wood to size, or if you go to a home improvement store, you can cut the wood to size there.

What if I don’t have a nail gun?

Again, this isn’t really that big of a problem. If you don’t have access to these tools, don’t think you can’t do this project!

Did you know wood glue is actually stronger than the nails? The nails are mainly used to help hold the pieces in place so the glue can dry.

gorilla glue next to a piece of wood with glue on the top

So if you don’t have a nail gun, use the glue to hold the pieces together, and find a way to keep everything tight until the glue dries. Books or clamps work well.

back of a truck attached to wood with glue and nails
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DIY Bookends

These bookends have interchangeable decor that can be switched out with the seasons!
Work Time3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs
Keyword: bookends, diy
Author: Amy Lanham

Equipment

Supplies

  • Acrylic Paint
  • Wood Glue
  • Truck with Interchangeable pieces
  • 4 pieces 1/2" wood cut down to 3" wide by 5" long
  • Velcro

Instructions

  • Paint all of the individual pieces of the truck and decor
  • Cut down 1/2" wood to 3" wide by 5" long. Need 4 pieces.
  • Glue 2 pieces of wood together to make an L, then nail the pieces together. Repeat with the other 2 pieces.
  • Cut down the truck from the middle, separate the trunk from the front.
  • Cut off the spot to attach the interchangeable pieces from the back of the truck bed.
  • Attach the truck to the wood pieces using glue and nails.
  • Using an exacto knife, cut the tabs off the bottom of the wood decor.
  • Use a small velcro piece to attach the wood decor to the top of the 1/2" wood and balance it on the bed of the truck.
  • Display your new bookends!
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How do I attach the interchangeable decor?

So, if you attach the truck like this, in front of the wood, so that you mainly only see the truck, the decor will need to be attached to the top and front of the wood, instead of on the back in the place that was provided.

wood truck attached to bookends in the back

You can choose not to use the decor at all, or to glue one on. But because part of the reason I wanted to do this was to have the interchangeable decor, I decided to place a little piece of sticky velcro on to keep the decor attached but easy to change.

up close of a velcro holding two pieces of wood together
close up of the back of the truck with flowers in it holding up books

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