I like shiny things, and I think a lot of you do, too.  I’m seeing lots of gilded decor on Pinterest and in stores and I just love it!  There are some great, inexpensive crafter’s paints out right now that make it easy to create a faux gilded look.  Read on to learn how I turned a Dollar Tree owl into a chic gilded bookend.

(This post was originally published at Dollar Store Crafts, where you’ll find me sharing a NEW tutorial every Tuesday.)


Supplies Needed:

  • Owl Figurine
  • White Spray Paint
  • Metallic Gold Acrylic Paint
  • Wood pieces
  • Paper
  • Mod Podge

To make your own gilded owl bookend:

Step one:  Paint your figurine white.  I used a Halloween owl from the Dollar Tree.

Step two:  Paint your owl with two layers of the metallic gold paint.

diy-bookendsStep three:  Decoupage (Mod Podge) and/or paint your wood squares.  My squares came from a bag of wood I purchased at Hobby Lobby.  I sanded my edges to give them a distressed look.

Step four:  Glue your pieces together to form the bookend, and glue your owl in place.  I used E-6000.


I love my faux gilded owl bookend!  It’s going to look great in my office.  What a transformation from the brightly colored owl I started with.  If gold’s not your style, try faux pewter or spray paint.  Have fun creating!




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