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Picture Frame Bookends!

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These picture frame bookends are so easy to make with just a few supplies and some creativity!


Summer is my favorite time for little makeovers on my kids’ rooms, and it’s an even better time to pick some projects that they can help out with!  The project I’m going to share with you today covered both of those goals and was SO easy and fast!  Aside from paint-drying time, I probably spent about 10-15 minutes total on this project!  Go me!!

Photo Frame Bookends


Supplies Needed (affiliate links):

2 unfinished picture frames

4 pieces of scrap wood

8 finishing nails

Spray paint

3 colors of acrylic paint

3 pencils with unused eraser


  • Build your bookend supports out of your scrap wood.  The pieces need to be large enough to keep the piece stable, but small enough that they are hidden behind the frame.  My pieces for my 8×10 trim frame were about 7.5″ x 5″ each.  Then just use 2 finishing nails to make a simple “L” shape.

photo picture frame bookends supports


  • Place your frame flush on the “L” shape so it rests on the table top surface, then use 2 more finishing nails to attach it.


picture photo frame bookends


  • Spray paint the entire thing.
  • Then add confetti dots using your 3 acrylic paints.  I use the pencil erasers for quick and easy dots!  In fact, this is so easy that this is where I let my daughter get involved.  She did all of the confetti dots herself!

picture frame book end


There are lots of different frames on Amazon that you could choose from, but the trim frames are great for this purpose because they don’t have a bulky back on them.  This lets them sit flush against your bookend bracket and creates a nice seamless finish!

That’s it!!  SO simple and they look adorable sitting on her DIY desk makeover and they also coordinate with the upcycled bench colors!  These could be personalized in so many different ways!



And you might have noticed from the lamp, the books and the hat my daughter’s wearing in the pictures, that YES!!! She is a huge fan of Michael Jackson!

I actually made her that lamp in the top picture from a thrift store find! Come see how easy it was and you can use this same technique to transfer any image. It doesn’t have to be MJ!  Click HERE for the tutorial!

Michael Jackson lamp

We also threw her a Michael Jackson birthday a few years ago! I had SO much making the cake, ABC favors, glove craft, this Beat It Pinata and SO much more!! Check out all the little details HERE!

Michael Jackson pinata


Create bookends using an unfinished frame





Monday 31st of July 2017

Love your ideas! Thanks for the inspirations!