Thursday, April 3, 2014

Woodland Inspired Monogram Bookends

I received the Mod Podge Rocks! Peel and Stick Stencils for this review. As always, all opinions are my own.

This project combines several of my loves: The letter S, my favorite books, cute fabric, faux bois, and Mod Podge. I also got to try out these new Mod Podge Rocks! Peel and Stick Stencils for this project. Here’s how I made my Woodland-Inspired Monogram Bookends, plus enter to win a stencil of your own at the bottom of this post.

Woodland-Inspired Monogram Bookends Featuring Mod Podge Stencils - The Silly Pearl

These new Mod Podge Stencils were designed by Amy Anderson of Mod Podge Rocks! They are adhesive stencils to create glitter designs with Mod Podge.  Here are the fun patterns you get to choose from. For my project, I am using the Woodland pattern (top row, middle).


I wanted to create some bookends for my girls, and to celebrate the letter S (all of our names in our family start with S…no it wasn’t on purpose, I’m usually not that cheezy!). So I collected a bunch of wood S’s in different fonts and sizes. I was also fortunate to find these wooden bookends at the thrift store, already painted in a distressed gray color. It would not be difficult to make your own; it’s just two pieces of wood glued/nailed together. Or, you could glue some wood pieces to a pair of those metal bookends that you can get at an office store. So I rearranged my S’s so they would be approximately the same height on both sides.


I painted the two largest S’s in white and gray, as I was planning to use brown glitter and white glitter.


For the smaller S’s, I painted the edges and the back so they would look finished, in case I display the bookends in a spot not against a wall.


I started out with the largest S and got out my Mod Podge, spouncer brush, glitter, and my Woodland Mod Podge Stencil.


I adhered the stencil and dabbed on some Mod Podge, first blotting off the excess on a paper plate, and spounced it onto the stencil.


After carefully peeling off the stencil, I could see the pattern very clearly! After this, I quickly moved the stencil over to cover more of the S, and quickly applied more Mod Podge. I repeated this until the entire S was covered. I worked as quickly as I could so the Mod Podge would not dry.


Then I sprinkled glitter all over the surface in an even layer.


And with a few taps on my tabletop, all the excess glitter fell off. Love it! After I allowed it to dry for several hours, I brushed off more excess glitter with a brush.


I’ll show you again with my gray S and white glitter. Apply the Mod Podge with the spouncer brush.


With the white Mod Podge on a darker surface, you can see the faux bois pattern more clearly. Yay!


Move the stencil over to cover the rest of the surface.


Sprinkle the entire surface with glitter, and tap it a few times on your tabletop to remove the excess glitter.


For the rest of my S’s, I Mod Podge’d woodland-themed fabric to the front. I traced the mirror image to the back of my fabric with a washable pen.


Then I covered the front of the S with Mod Podge, as well as the back of the fabric. Then I smoothed on the fabric with my fingers, and applied one more coat of Mod Podge to the top of the fabric.


Now all the S’s are done! Time to assemble the bookends. I hot glued one small S to the front of the largest S, which will be the right bookend. I also painted some little wood pieces which will serve as reinforcements in the back of the S’s.


Here is the back of the right bookend. I glued the wood piece to the bottom, behind the S. I also glued one vertically, to the left of this piece. Thank you to my lovely assistant Sophie who noticed I was struggling to take this picture with one hand (though she had her own motives…she wanted me to get her a snack).


Here is the large S on the other (left) book end. Sorry about the excess hot glue goo.


I glued the smaller S’s to the large S in a topsy-turvy manner. You really have to make sure you don’t have excess glue goo here because it will actually show! So use a lighter hand with your glue gun here.


Here is the left bookend, all done.


And here is the right bookend.

woodland monogram bookends

These are perfect to hold these baby versions of these classic books. I know my girls aren’t babies anymore, but I couldn’t resist them!

Woodland-Inspired Bookends

Click to learn more about the new Mod Podge Rocks! Peel and Stick Stencils. I will surely be trying these out again for many projects to come.



Would you like to win a Mod Podge Rocks! Peel and Stick Stencil? Enter the giveaway in the Rafflecopter widget below. The winner will receive one stencil (chosen by Amy).

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  1. Steph ~ these are absolutely tooooo cute! I love the way you put it all together. My favorite stencil is the woodland one that you used ~ so versatile!

  2. What did you use to weigh down your bookend? I have some that I made but they won't work to hold books.

    1. Hi Sewing Mom! I did not use anything to weigh down the bookends. These bookends (found at the thrift store) came with some rubber feet at the bottom (see one of the earlier pics in the tutorial). That might be why they are working well, as the feet stop them from sliding. I hope this helps!

      Have a nice weekend and thanks for stopping by!

  3. OMG, love this! All the letters are so fun. Thank you Steph!

  4. Love the wood but dieing to try the diamonds!!

  5. I really like the chevron, but they are all great.

  6. Great project! I like all the stencils but I think I like the Tangier/diamond one the best.

  7. Awesome, fun colors and I love the way you did the letters!

  8. Great idea. I love how these turned out. I just wanted to let you know that I am linking to this post on at Simply Creative Living on 4/22 if you don't mind.


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