Make bookends and hit a home run

Make bookends and hit a home runNeed a great project for the sports-oriented man (or woman) in your life? This week Man Podger Walter delivers the perfect idea –  decoupage bookends. All you need are wood and Mod Podge (well, and a few other things). I’ve never told you, but my grandfather was a Brooklyn Dodger. Yep! His name was Herbert Olson and he was a catcher. I’m not sure for how long – but I know it was in the late 50’s/early 60’s. He passed away not so very long ago, so I kind of think of these as a tribute to him. Man Podger Walter had no idea that he made something with so much meaning to me. Here’s how to make these bookends for yourself.

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This project is for one bookend! Duplicate each supply for a pair.


Step 1:

These are the supplies you need:

  • 2 – 5 x 5″ wood
  • 4 wood screws
  • Screw driver
  • Mod Podge Gloss
  • Baseball
  • Plaid FolkArt Paint, I used Licorice
  • Tape measure and/or Ruler
  • Foam Brush
  • Drill
  • Self Stick Rubber Pads
  • Pencil


Step 2:
Measure about 1 1/2″ in at each end, from the left and right sides.
Drill a hole; I used a counter sink bit.
Next hold the drilled 5″ x 5″ wood upright to the other piece (base).
Insert an awl through the hole, penetrating into the base – this will make for better contact when assembled.


Step 3:

Paint both wood piece with the Licorice. FolkArt paint dries so fast!


Step 4:

Decoupage the paper and cardstock! This is the step where all the cut pieces of paper will be decoupaged.
Tip: I suggest using Mod Podge tools for ease and accuracy.
I like to lay out everything as seen in the photo. This way I know what pieces will be decoupaged to the right area. I used a nice green textured cardstock for the outside and edges of the bookend. Then I mounted the vintage images last. Let dry for at least 15 minutes.


Step 5:

Seal both pieces. I love using FolkArt Water Base Varnish (792 Satin Finish). This Varnish dries in 15 minutes. Apply two coats and set it aside for another 15 minutes of drying. Clean up is so easy. . . soap and water!


Step 6:

Ready to assemble! Attach two screws into the bottom base using a screwdriver. Base is done! Easy . . .
You can use industrial glue like E-6000 to attach the baseball in place
I eyeballed where the contact point was and drilled through the upright piece and then screwed the baseball into place. Either way works, though “I am a perfectionist at times” and attached the baseball with a screw.

last step: Attach four self stick rubber pads to the base. This keeps the bookend from moving.

Make bookends and hit a home runBookend is completed. I think I hit a home run with this project! Try different variations to fit your liking . . .


Walter, thank you so much – you totally hit a home run.  To all of you, please visit the rest of the Man Podger projects here.

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  1. Becki says

    What a great idea for my grandsons! They love anything to do with sports and I would love to make these for them! Thanks for the great tutorial!

  2. Lesley Paige says

    I love this!!!! I am thinking of all the little league pictures of my brother! I can’t wait to try this!

  3. Colleen @ MuralMaker&More says

    Aaack! I love these! I still have some ‘yard’ baseballs from my son’s little league days. I’d love to make these for him now that he’s a dad himself and is coaching his own son. (Yes, I’m THAT old!) But I gotta tell ya, I think I’ll just buy some bookends and go from there 😉

  4. Tanya says

    Those are so fabulous. My son has a couple signed balls from the local teams around here. It would be cool to make him a set with those:)

  5. says

    Brilliant Idea!! I have wondered what to do with those baseballs I have been saving. My kids get the “players ball” each year and being that I have 2 boys that makes a set. I think this is a great gift idea for the grandparents/family.