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DIY Arrow Bookends

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Hello! It’s Carrie from Lovely Etc. and I’m back to share a super fun pair of DIY bookends with you this time. I have a major love of arrows (as you can see in this DIY pallet art and this huge arrow growth chart) and I have had this idea for a pair of arrow bookends bouncing around in my head for months now. I’m so happy to finally see them come to life!

DIY arrow bookends

These bookends manage to be both fun and elegant at the same time and I love how it looks as though the arrow was shot right through the books!


4 scraps of wood, sanded smooth (I used two pieces that were 4 inches by 4 inches and two that were 5 inches by 4 inches)

Drill and small screws

wood glue

small dowel


colored tape

silver clay


DIY Arrow Bookends

pieces of the bookends

First, you need to construct your bookends. I have to admit I was a little intimidated by this part. I am a DIYer to the core but I don’t love actually building things. Thankfully, it turned out to be a painless and fairly easy process. The wood pieces I used were scraps I had leftover from a different project, but if you don’t have any wood scraps laying around, you can buy a small wood board at any home improvement store. And if you are nervous about using a saw, they will typically cut it for you there in the store.

wooden bookends

To build the wood into bookends, simply stack one of the taller pieces on top of a small piece. Use your drill and a small drill bit to pre-drill holes up from the bottom and then connect the two with small screws.

I sculpted my arrowhead using silver modeling clay. (This is very inexpensive at any craft store). I cut a small piece off of my dowel and then sculpted the clay directly onto one end. I baked the whole thing in the oven (wood and all) to harden the clay.

tail of the arrow

The tail of the arrow was made from another small piece of the dowel. I bought a bag of colorful feather pieces from a craft supply store and arranged a few into a plume at the end of the arrow. I used a thin piece of masking tape to attach the feathers to the end of the dowel and then covered the masking tape with some colorful washi tape.

making arrow bookends

The final step was connecting the two arrow pieces to the bookends. Using the drill, I drilled a small hole in the front of each bookend. I was careful to use a drill bit that was only the tiniest bit wider than the shaft of the arrow. Then I slid each arrow piece into these holes and used some wood glue to attach them there securely.

how to make your own arrow bookends

I found the perfect spot for them on our bookshelves and set to work filling them with books.

DIY arrow bookends 2


DIY arrow bookends

These would be extremely fun in a kids’ room, but I think they are elegant enough to work in any grownup space as well. (Which is exactly why they have found a home on our living room built-ins.) To keep up to date on all my latest crafty ideas and DIY adventures, be sure to follow along with Lovely Etc. on Facebook, Pinterest, or Instagram.


  1. This is super cute! I have a ton of books laying on their side because I didn’t have any bookends and this would be the perfect way to change that! Love it 🙂

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