Man Podger Walter has come up with a great idea for holding children’s books – a vintage alphabet blocks DIY book holder. And it makes it so that you don’t need a bookcase. It’s not always easy to fit a bookcase into a nursery, so this lil’ guy fits on top of the dresser. It would make a great gift, and you can personalize with the paint colors and paper of your choice. Mostly I’m just jealous of Walter’s cool vintage book collection! Keep reading for the book holder tutorial.
I love books, especially kids picture books. And I thought this little book holder would make a nice addition to any child’s playroom or nursery. It really is easy to make!
This tutorial is for the exact one that I made, but you can alter the dimensions and use what ever paper you like.
- 2 (5 x 5 1/2″ x 3/4″) wood squares
- 3 dowels, I used 11″ x 1/2″ (most craft stores in my area sell a bag in a variety of widths for a buck)
- 1/2″ drill bit OR the size to match your dowels
- FolkArt acrylic paint – Engine Red
- Scrapbook paper – two sheets
- Mod Podge Hard Coat
- Craft knife
- Wood glue
Cut two (5 x 5 1/2″ x 3/4″) pieces of wood and drill holes in one side. Use the template above for the measurements. Drill holes for the left side and the opposite for the right side. Your finished holes should look like a “L” shape.
Then prime and paint. I used Kilz primer and FolkArt Engine Red. TIP: For the dowels I squirted some paint onto a heavy duty paper towel and rubbed it into the dowel.
I decoupaged both sides of both wood blocks with paper and Mod Podge. Take a craft knife and cut a criss-cross into the hole section. Wait 15 minutes to dry and scrape out the paper from the three holes.
I used a little bit of white glue to bring it all together. Insert all three dowels onto one piece first and then add the next piece. TIPS: Use a cotton swab to spread the glue inside the hole. Use a small piece of wood against the end of the dowel and gently hammer the dowel into the hole. Let dry for about an hour.