DIY Chrome Owl Bookends

DIY Chrome Owl Bookends

A few months ago, I share my Custom Craft Space on the blog. I’m still SO proud of this wall-turned-craft-sanctuary that my husband helped me design :) As with any project, there were still a few looming projects that I wanted to complete one day. An up cycled desk chair, craft supply labels, and a few DIY organizational elements. That’s where these beautiful DIY Chrome Owl Bookends come in! Just one more piece to help me personalize  my workspace. 


I was first inspired when I saw these adorable owl salt and pepper shakers on sale at Target for only $2!
[Link to a similar product]

putty owls

Next, I filled the salt and pepper holes with putty. Then after the putty dried, I sanded it down so that there wouldn’t be a bump on the top of the owl’s head. The owl on the left [above] is sanded and then one on the right is not.

wood frame

Next, I cut some MDF to fit around the owls. I used MDF instead of 2×4″s because MDF is more likely to provide a smooth, seamless finish after being sanded and painted.

glue frames

Next, I glued the MDF pieces together [above] using Wood Glue, and then screwed the bottom, horizontal piece into the vertical piece. I did this so that the holes and screws would be hidden.

glue and screws

Last but not least, I spray painted them with Chrome Spray Paint :) Did you even know Chrome Spray Paint existed?! I didn’t! But I LOVE the finish!

chrome owls chrome owl bookends

Now they are happily sitting at their home on my bookshelf in my Custom Craft Space.

chrome owls2 sideview owl vertical owl shelf sideview shelf

What do you think? Are you as big of a fan of owls as I am?


43 thoughts on “DIY Chrome Owl Bookends

    1. I didn’t know either! I was so happy when my husband pointed it out to me! The dollar store is your best friend when it comes to low cost salt and pepper shakers :)

  1. I absolutely love this! I’ve wanted those small owls for my mantle, but I thought someone would notice they are salt & pepper shakers. It’s brilliant to fill the holes and spray paint them!

    Thanks for sharing!

  2. I can’t believe that those used to be a salt and pepper shaker! What a creative idea! Thanks so much for linking up at our last weeks link party! We chose your super cute bookends to be one of our features this Thursday! And of coarse we will be pinning to our group party page on Pinterest! Hope to see you again this week! Thanks again!

  3. Using the salt and pepper shakers is brilliant cause they are like a mirror of each other! Perfect for the bookends. And that spray paint is awesome. It looks just like chrome. Awesome job :)

    1. You’re so sweet!! Thank you for the compliments. I loved how the owls mirrored each other too – they were perfect for this project!

  4. Congratulations! This post is featured over at Diana Rambles today and has been pinned in the Featured at Diana Rambles board at Pinterest, Tweeted, and Stumbled. Please grab a featured button off my button page or via the post guidelines graphic. Thanks for sharing this awesome idea!

    1. Thanks Meredith!! I saw it there :) I tried to comment on your blog too, but it didn’t work from my iPad. Thank you for letting me know though!

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