Concrete Bookends

It must be my all time favourite DIY blog, just crammed with super clever projects and DIY tutorials . So I am really pleased and excited that Benita Larsson, the brain behind the blog Chez Larsson has agreed to contribute a guest blog post this week.

Recently Benita was asked by hobby craft shop Panduro Hobby to take part in a pretty challenging competition, alongside 39 other Swedish bloggers. Each competitor was sent a kit containing concrete and other supplies and were asked to be creative and come up with fun ideas that could inspire others to try the crafting with concrete.

I have to admit, I’ve never considered using concrete for my projects because I’d imagined it would be too complicated to use.

Benita proved this isn’t the case though, and she submitted seven different concrete crafts projects – ending up winning the grand prize, a gift card with 4000 kronor / £350.

Here Benita’s going to show us how to use concrete to make a heavy, raw looking book end. So clever, no wonder she won the prize! But all the ideas are wonderful so it’s worth going to the blog and checking the rest out too. I can’t wait to get my hands on some concrete and try them myself, but in the meantime, here’s Benita with the details.

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I prefer making stuff that has a use and a purpose rather than just being decorative and I really needed a bookend. Here it is! B goes three ways. B for Benita, B for books and B for böcker (that’s books in Swedish).

Concrete Bookends

My bookend started it’s life out as a Ferrero Rocher container. I know, too yummy. The MDF letter B came in a craft swap about a year ago.

Concrete Bookends

When filling concrete into a hard container like this plastic one it’s advised to coat the inside with some vegetable oil. I ended up breaking the container to get my bookend out but I think it would have been even harder without the oil.

Concrete Bookends

So again after filling the two sides of the container with the concrete mix and with the B placed at the bottom of the lid I left it for 24 hours in the garage (don’t leave it outside in the sun, it’ll dry too quickly and won’t cure well). Broke the mold, got the bookend out (had to do a bit of scraping to get the letter to emerge as some concrete had seeped in under) and sprayed with water several times over the next day.

Concrete Bookends

I ended up painting the B white and added felt dots underneath so my bookend won’t scratch the shelf it sits on.

Concrete Bookends

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Comment from Alice
Time Wednesday, June 30th, 2010 23:34 at 11:34 pm

This is great. I usually avoid these type of kits as they conjure up images of thing that look way too home made but this one is great.

Comment from Peter
Time Thursday, July 1st, 2010 18:14 at 6:14 pm

The “B” can work a fourth way too: B for brick. :)

Comment from Anonymous
Time Saturday, July 3rd, 2010 00:06 at 12:06 am

Awesome! Can’t wait to try it myself! Thanks for the info and the wonderful tips!

Comment from Amanda
Time Tuesday, November 1st, 2011 21:22 at 9:22 pm

How do you get the two pieces to stick together?

Comment from Rohini
Time Monday, November 7th, 2011 13:58 at 1:58 pm

They aren’t stuck together its one piece : )

Comment from SJ
Time Sunday, November 27th, 2011 16:33 at 4:33 pm

I’m definitely going to try this! After filling both sides with concrete how do you get the two sides together without spilling the concrete… or how are they attached after drying for 24 hours?

Comment from Adriana
Time Saturday, March 3rd, 2012 05:47 at 5:47 am

How do you close the plastic container without spilling the concrete?

Comment from Norma
Time Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013 01:44 at 1:44 am

Do the lid first, let it dry then do the bottom and put lid on top so it’ll stick together!

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