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How to Make Books out of Bricks

Have you seen the brick books that people are creating and using to decorate their gardens? Recently, I decided to take some old bricks that were out in the barn and try to create a new garden piece of decor celebrating one of my favorite hobbies – reading! The beauty of this craft is that is very forgiving! If you make a mistake, just repaint it and start over! Here are the directions for creating these easy books out of bricks for your garden!

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I love reading and have always enjoyed getting lost in the pages of a classic book. This year I have read 21 books and am well on my way to my goal of 24. I think I’ll have to adjust that goal soon since I am already so close! But for now, I’ll celebrate the love of reading with these brick books!

  • Spray Paint or Acrylic Paint (paintbrush)
  • Sharpie Marker

Directions:

Prepare the bricks.

Choose the bricks you want to use for your books. They don’t have to be perfect rectangles. You can bury the broken end in the dirt and hide those spots.

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Paint the Bricks

Spray or paint one side and one top end white for the pages of the book.

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Spray the other sides of the brick the color of your choice to form the binding of the book. If you are worried about overspray, you can touch it up with a brush or tape it off for a more precise edge.

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Design your BookBinding

Use a sharpie to draw your bookbinding design. Simple is better! I tried multiple things before I realized that I was being overcomplicated. A simple stripe with a hint of a fleur-de-lis or open book worked better than our elaborate idea of using a stencil and painting on full titles.

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Draw Page Lines

Using a Black fine point Sharpie, draw page lines on the top and side of your book. There’s no real right or wrong to draw the lines. Since the eye sees what it expects, then you are simply giving the illusion of pages.

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Place in Garden

Place them in your garden where you can enjoy them. I have a feeling that we will be rearranging our ‘book shelf’ periodically depening on how the flowers start to grow.

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Have you ever painted bricks to create books in your garden? Got any tips or pictures to share? I can’t wait to have family over soon to show off our new outdoor brick bookshelf!

Looking for another easy idea to decorate your yard? How about a DIY Directiional Sign using an old pallet and some stencils from your Cricut?

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That was a great way , by spraying the bricks. The only thing I found out was the Sharpies turn purple in the sun. Is there another kind of pen that won’t turn purple? Or a clear spray that has UlV to protect against color fading?

Great idea. I’ve been trying to think of what to do with one brick. I saved it from a friend’s home which was destroyed by a tornado.

Absolutely adorable! What a beautiful interesting border … Cannot wait to give this a try.

Thanks for the tutorial. Yours look so cute. I can’t wait to try my own.

I enjoyed watching the progress of your books. I love to read and garden, too! ‘I somehow need to make a sewing machine, too!😊

What a lovely way to combine 2 things I love. Reading and gardening. Thanks for the wonderful idea. I will be trying it soon!!

Love this and will try it, I have a few bricks behind the shed that I have NO idea where they came from. How does the sharpie marker hold up in the rain?

Hi Gillian, The sharpie marker has remained all the way through all the weather for the past 2 years. I’ve had no issues. Can’t wait to see what you create!

I’d personally put a clear coat of spay paint over it to hold lick in the marker ink.

Very Cute! I love this idea and will try it in my own garden. So cute as garden decor

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How to Make Book Bricks for your Little Free Library

By Megan Hanson

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Here’s a fun bookish craft: make book bricks to decorate your Little Free Library or garden! Steward Julie B. in Lafayette, Louisiana, is a calligrapher and artist. She started the Shelly Drive Little Free Library #38509 several years ago as a joint venture with her neighbors. (Find her library and many more on  our world map !)

Julie enjoys adding artistic touches to her little library and recently saw photos of books painted like bricks. She set out to recreate them and wrote up a step-by-step tutorial showing how you can do it, too!

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Step 1 : Begin with bricks that are clean and thoroughly dry. If your bricks are used, scrub them with vinegar and water to clean them. If there are stubborn mineral deposits, try using a wire wheel disk attached to a drill to remove them.

Step 2 : If your bricks will be placed outdoors, you must use exterior paint products. For inside use (e.g. bookends) interior or exterior paint is fine.

The bricks must be primed and painted with either spray paint or standard brush-on paint, such as an exterior house paint. Julie used a few coats of Rustoleum all-in-one paint/primer in white with a satin finish. She doesn’t recommend using gloss finish, as the art work layer could slip and be more difficult to cover. White works well since it’s the color of the pages and a good base for the other colors.

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Step 3 : You must alter the size and scale of the book covers to fit the tall and narrow bricks. There are a few ways to do this. You could find an image of each book cover you plan to recreate, either from the internet or your own photos of your favorite books. Then you could resize each book cover image using graphic design software and print out the resized images.

Another option is to photocopy an actual book cover (adjusting the size as needed) and use the photocopy as your guide. Or, you could just freehand sketch the cover! You will quickly see that it does not have to be perfect to be recognizable.

Step 4 : Now that you have a resized book cover as your guide, trace the design on the brick! Use carbon tracing paper sold in art supply stores. The brick has texture so the tracing is just a hint at where the elements go. You may prefer to just draw in pencil.

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Step 5 : Paint the design you just sketched on the brick! Julie used 2 oz. bottles of outdoor acrylic craft paint, available in craft stores. You can quickly cover large areas using a “wash” of a color that is slightly thinned with water. Other areas will need the full-strength paint to cover well. If you are not satisfied with an element you just painted, remove it right away with a q-tip or let it dry and paint over it.

Julie did a very quick design on the sides of the brick. One long-edge became the spine and she painted the other sides to look like pages. Let your design dry several hours before moving on to the next step.

Step 6 : Julie kept the painting process quick and didn’t worry about being super detailed. For lettering or fine details, she recommends Sharpie oil-based pens in extra fine and fine size. Let the paint pen dry several hours to cure.

Step 7 : For the last step, Julie applied several light coats of Rustoleum Clear Seal in a matte finish to protect the acryclic paint designs. Take care not to apply a heavy coat of sealer, which could drip and cause the paint pen to blur.

Looking for more  Little Free Library activity ideas ? Julie also wrote up a tutorial on  how to create a sandwich sign  for your little library! Wondering what books to feature on your bricks? Check out our Read in Color Recommended Reading list for some inspired and inclusive book ideas!

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Are you someone who truly loves books and embraces the bibliophile aesthetic in your home? Have you ever wondered how to extend this charming vibe to your yard? Well, today's project is here to provide an answer.

I'll walk you through the process of creating decorative brick books for the garden, a cost-effective and straightforward endeavor.

This post was transcribed by a member of the Hometalk editorial team from the original HometalkTV episode.

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This clever DIY will not only resonate with your passion for books but also introduce a unique garden border idea that you can enjoy while spending time outdoors.

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Tools and Materials:

  • Paintbrushes
  • Permanent markers  (various colors)
  • Ruler or straight edge
  • Painter's tape for clean lines
  • Clear outdoor sealant (to protect your finished bricks from weathering)

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1. Paint the Sides

Start by painting the top skinny side of a brick in a neutral paint that resembles the color of book pages. I am using Folk Art chalk paint in Cashmere .

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Then paint one of the longer skinny sides of the brick in the same neutral color.

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Repeat this for all the brick books you want to make. Allow the brick to dry before moving on to the next step.

brick books for garden, Paint the rest of the brick in another color

2. Paint the Book Cover

Now you are going to paint the rest of each brick in a different color. These colors will be the base of your front and back cover as well as the spine.

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I decided to use bright colors but feel free to let your imagination shine.

brick books for garden, Draw the book pages

3. Draw in the Pages

Use a black permanent marker to draw book-like stripes on the top skinny side of the bricks.

brick books for garden, Decorate the binder

4. Embellish the Spines

Now, focus on decorating the spines of your "books". Use an array of permanent markers in different colors to draw designs, stripes, and shapes that resonate with your personal style. These decorations will bring each brick to life.

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5. Assemble Your Book Art

Now that the bricks are all decorated, it's time to place them in your garden. Arrange them carefully to create a lovely and playful border that mixes art with nature. You can put them on paths, near flowers, or anywhere you want to add a bit of magic.

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How to Create Decorative Brick Books

And that's it – wonderful garden art that combines the love of books with the outdoors. By following these steps, you've changed plain bricks into fancy painted brick books, giving your garden its own special style. Let this project inspire your own ideas. Tell me what you think in the comments.

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Did you seal the bricks?

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Can I do this with long thin cement blocks instead of bricks and stand them on their long end like you did the bricks?

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Cute and easy to do, but HOW would they be displayed? Do you have any examples in your yard?

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Absolutely charming. I would go one step further and print titles on the book spines. There are so many to choose from! Do one for all your favorites. Lovely border!

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Thank you, and I did go a few steps further which you can see those on my blog.

I'd love to invite you to join me ...

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Chas, this does inspire me. I'm making an Alice in Wonderland theme in my garden and this is perfect.

Thank you, that sounds fun

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Painted brick book tutorial, 7 comments:.

Wow that is clever! Thank you for sharing :)

What a great idea! Looking good!

What clever idea.. never though of that.

Love this idea! I'd want to make a whole library!

thank you very much for joining in and making our Bowdabra Crafty Saturday Showcase, we will look forward to seeing your post next Saturday. Warm Regards, The bowdabra team

That's so neat and totally love this!

Thanks for your lovely comments!

How to Paint Bricks to Look Like Books

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Bricks can be a hassle to get rid of if you've ever had any left over from a big project. Instead of hauling them away, use them to spruce up your backyard or garden. With a little bit of care, you can exercise your artsy side to turn plain old bricks into your favorite novels. You can even get the kids involved and create their favorite books, too.

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Things You'll Need

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Assemble these materials: Bricks Varied sizes of artist's paintbrushes Acrylic paint, color of your choice for the cover Acrylic paint, black Acrylic paint, white Graphite pencil Clear sealant spray Painter's palette or paper plate Cup of water Paper towels

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Optional Sharpie oil-based paint pens, varied colors Extra-fine gray or black permanent marker Foam paintbrush Letter stamps Stencils, 1-inch Ruler * Painter's tape or masking tape

Paint the Book Spine and Cover

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Clean off any dirt or grime that might be on the bricks before painting. Choose books from your "want-to-read" list or your favorite classic novels. Decide on a color for the book cover and apply a thin coat of paint on the "spine" of the book and the front and back "covers." Use one coat of paint if you prefer the books to have a vintage look. For a cleaner look, apply a second coat of paint once the first coat is completely dry.

Add a Title/Author

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Add the book's title and/or author to the book spine and front cover. Each book will be different depending on where you want the letters placed. You have a variety of options to choose from: Freehand: Use a paint pen in the desired color to freehand the letters of the book's title and author's name. If you are worried about keeping the letters aligned while you freehand them, tape a ruler in place on the brick to keep them straight. The freehand method is the most flexible, as you can make the letters as big or small as you like. Letter Stamps: Add the desired paint color to a palette or paper plate. Dip a foam paintbrush into the paint and brush a light layer of paint onto the desired stamp. Press the stamp onto the brick and then immediately wipe the stamp clean before the paint dries. Continue stamping letters to form the book's title and author's name. Again, you could tape a ruler in place to keep the letters straight. * Stencils: If you don't feel comfortable going freehand or would prefer a certain font, use stencils. To make sure your paint/letters are legible, use a stencil that is at least 1 inch in size. Add the desired paint color to a palette or paper plate. Hold (or tape) the stencil into place on the brick, dip a fine-tipped paintbrush into the paint and brush the paint onto the stencil. Pick the stencil up and wipe it clean. Let the letter dry before painting the next letter. Continue painting letters to form the book's title and author's name.

Add Embellishments

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Add any embellishments you would like to the book spine or front cover, such as horizontal lines in between the title and author's name, which is traditional in many classic books. To add your own creative touch, draw or paint an object or a motif that is well-known from the book. For example, on a Christmas book, you could paint a Christmas wreath. For a "Snow White" book, you could paint an apple.

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Add "pages" on top of the brick to give it extra flair. Choose from one of two options: Option 1: Paint the top of the brick white. Let the paint dry completely. Use a ruler and a graphite pencil to draw faint lines to represent the pages of the book on the top of the brick. Use an extra-fine gray or black marker to delineate the pencil lines you've drawn. Option 2: Paint the top of the brick white. While the white paint is still wet, paint a few black streaks and blend the white and black paint in a stripe pattern until you achieve the desired effect.

Spray with Clear Sealant

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Spray a thin layer of clear sealant to your new brick book after the paint is completely dry. Be sure to spray in a well-ventilated area.

Display Around the Yard

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Display your books along a path in your yard or position them in the garden amongst your vegetables or flowers.

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Book Worms Will Love These Beautiful "Novels" Crafted From Vintage Bricks

Each brick is now a lovely little work of art.

Worn-down bricks are excellent for exposed walls and rustic fireplaces, but we bet you didn't know there's another genius use for them — crafting a decorative library.

Each painted volume is made from a heavy, old brick with plenty of character and its own story to tell. "[The books'] whimsically evokes nostalgia for a time when libraries were cavernous worlds full of yellowing paper, silence, and time," the artist wrote on his Facebook page . "A book's weight and size often had a direct relationship with its gravitas — and those we cherished are eternally embedded in our memory."

The brick books can be used in gardens, placed on porches, featured on your home's exterior, or used inside as door stoppers and book ends—the possibilities are endless!

If you love the look, you can also try your hand at making these beauties at home. This video tutorial from HowToEugene shows how to easily create the look of an antique leather-bound hardback with paint and markers.

While these gems certainly won't replace a real novel, they are the perfect way for book lovers to show their passion for literature, both indoors and out.

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How to Paint Bricks That Look Like Books

A fun and different way to decorate and add interest to your garden is to paint bricks to look like your favorite classic books. It’s easy to paint bricks, they withstand the weather and are quite charming.

how to make brick books

To paint your own book bricks, find a book, or print a picture of a book. (Google Search and Pinterest are great resources for inspiration.) You will need acrylic paint from Amazon or the craft store and some brushes. It’s not worth spending a lot of money on the brushes, because the they will not last long when you are painting on the rough brick surfaces. A straight edge ruler or paint stick is helpful to draw pages and cover edges. Use carbon paper to trace the lettering and design. You can paint your design on a brick or paver of your choice.

If you make a mistake, it’s easy to paint over it. Acrylic paint washes away with water when still wet, so cleanup is easy.

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A few coats of clear sealer will make your brick book weather proof. Be sure to spray your brick in a well ventilated place. I use Krylon Acrylic Spray Paint – Crystal Clear , available at Lowes and Amazon, but there are lots of other brands. I have not tested them to see which is best. If you have experience with sealers, please share what you have learned in the comments section below. I would love to hear what you have learned.

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There are lots of blogs and tutorial videos on how to paint bricks to look like books. Here are just a few:

  • How To Makes Books Out of Bricks
  • How To Make A Brick Book
  • How to make a Brick Book by Sprinkle & Create
  • Dr Awkward makes: Brick Books!
  • How to Paint Bricks to Look Like Books | eHow
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If your books and photographs are still displayed on a couple of boards held up by a pile of bricks, here’s some good news: It doesn’t require a master carpenter, a workshop full of tools, and thousands of dollars to add built-in bookcases to your home. All it takes, essentially, is some sturdy veneer plywood and a circular saw. By laminating a series of short support pieces to a longer strip of wood you can create the appearance of thick boards that have been routed to accept shelves. Some solid-wood trim covering all the plywood edges hides your clever trickery, leaving you with a piece of furniture worthy of a great library.

What Kind of Wood Should I Use to Make a Bookshelf?

Traditionally, built-in bookcases are made with solid wood boards, carefully routed to make tight grooves that accept each shelf. But sawn lumber is expensive — enough oak for a 8-foot bookcase, for example, could run into thousands of dollars. Plywood that has a hardwood veneer is not only less expensive but in many cases stronger than solid softwoods like pine. Most lumberyards stock the basics: birch, maple, and oak veneer plywoods. Birch is the best wood to use if you plan to paint your bookcase, and maple lends itself to a variety of stains. But there are also special-order lumberyards that make veneer plywood from any kind of wood, including mahogany, teak, cherry, or walnut. For these, it’s best to use a clear finish and let the beauty of the wood shine through.

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How Do You Make a Strong Bookshelf?

For the strongest frame, we used oak plywood and doubled its thickness for the bookcase sides, or legs, by gluing and nailing plywood shelf supports onto longer boards. (Cutting grooves in a single board would compromise its strength.) The rough ply edges are hidden by solid-wood finish trim.

The tricky part of working with plywood is ripping down the 4-foot-wide boards to the widths needed for the frame and shelves. Making a straight cut along an entire 8-foot sheet with a circular saw is difficult, and running plywood through a portable table saw is dangerous. Your best bet is to find out if your lumberyard has a commercial table saw to make clean, straight rips. Most yards will make the cuts for a dollar or so each. Calculate how deep you want the bookcase frame and the shelves to be, subtract 11/16 inches to account for the added depth of the 5/4 solid-wood trim, then have the lumberyard rip all your sheets into boards of that width. Once you get home, you can use a circular saw to cut these narrower pieces to length.

How to Build a Bookshelf in 8 Steps

Step 1: cut the legs, shelves, and supports.

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Have the lumberyard rip your plywood into boards to the width that matches your bookcase depth. Before you cut and assemble any parts, sand all the wood. Stain or prime it and allow it to dry.

Measure the height of the space where the bookcase will go. Cut two bookcase legs to this measurement from the ripped-down plywood

Measure the width of your space in three places. Subtract 1½ inches from the smallest measurement. Cut the shelves to this length from the plywood. (Make sure you also cut a piece for the top.)

If you want your shelves to be different heights to accommodate different sizes of books, you must mark the legs where the supports will be. Hold one leg against the wall and mark where you’d like the bottom of each shelf to fall. Try to line up the shelves with nearby architectural details, such as baseboards, windowsills, and mantels.

Lay both legs on a table, butted evenly next to each other. Use a framing square to transfer the shelf marks from one board to the other. Then place a plywood scrap on edge at each line and mark the width of each shelf.

Measure between the lines to get the sizes of the support pieces. Use a circular saw guided by a Speed Square, ABOVE, to cut the supports from the ripped-down plywood. Cut the topmost supports ¾ inch short.

Step 2: Attach the Supports to the Legs

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The bookshelf has a kickplate to cover the space under the bottom shelf, so the lowest supports need to be recessed. Using a circular saw, carefully rip them down in depth by ¾ inch.

Glue and nail the supports to the legs: Starting at the bottom of one leg, squeeze an S-shaped bead of glue up to the first layout line. Align the lowest support piece with the board’s bottom and back edges. Nail it in four corners with 3d nails.

Using a scrap piece of plywood as a shelf-size spacer, position the next support. Glue and nail it in place. Continue attaching supports in this manner, left, until the top supports are in place, finishing ¾ inch from the top edge. Repeat on the other leg.

Step 3: Assemble the Box

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To make the hanging strip that attaches the bookcase to the wall, rip a 2½-inch-wide piece of plywood. Cut it to length 1½ inches shorter than the shelves.

Lay the two legs on their back edges, supports facing each other. Place the hanging strip between the top supports, flush with their tops and back edges.

Using a drill fitted with a ⅛-inch combination bit, drill two pilot holes into each leg. Drill through the leg and the support, and into the hanging strip. Screw the hanging strip to the legs with 2½-inch wood screws.

Slide the bottom shelf into place for support. Tilt the assembled frame into place. Set the top of the bookcase onto the supports and the hanging strip. Drill countersunk pilot holes along the edges of the bookcase top — two into each support and one every 8 to 10 inches along the hanging strip. Glue and screw the top in place, above.

Step 4: Level the Bookcase

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Slide all the shelves into the frame. If some need coaxing, use a rubber mallet to gently tap them into place.

Check the bookcase for level. Place a level on each of the shelves. If one side needs to be raised up, tap thin wood shims under the foot.

Step 5: Plumb the Bookshelf

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Hold a level vertically to check the bookcase for plumb. Add shims, as needed. Once the whole piece is plumb and level, tap shims around the bookcase anywhere there is a gap against the wall to make sure the entire frame is tight in the opening. Score the shims with a utility knife, then snap them off flush with the bookcase edge.

Use a stud finder to locate and mark where the wall studs fall just under the hanging strip.

Using a combination bit, drill a screw-shank clearance hole and counterbore hole in the hanging strip at each stud mark. Securely fasten the bookcase to the wall through the pilot holes with 2½-inch screws.

Step 6: Attach the Kick Board

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Cut a piece of plywood — the same size as the lowest supports on the frame — to act as a nailer for the kick plate. Slide it under the center of the bottom shelf. Nail through the shelf into the nailer’s top edge with 6d finish nails.

Measure the opening under the bottom shelf. Cut a piece of plywood to fit tightly into the space. Put this kick plate into the opening against the nailer and support edges. It should be flush with the bookcase front. Attach it with two 6d finish nails at each of the supports and the center nailer.

Step 7: Scribe the Trim to Fit

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Use ½ trim to finish the sides and top of the bookcase. The trim can hang over the inside edge, or be flush.

Hold the trim over a bookcase leg, tight against the wall. Using a level, adjust the trim until it’s plumb. Tack it with 6d nails.

Find the widest gap between the trim and wall. Open the scribe to span that gap. Run its point along the wall so the pencil transfers the wall’s contours onto the trim. Remove the trim and cut along the scribed line with a jigsaw.

Attach the trim with glue and 6d finish nails. Repeat on the other leg.

Cut trim to fit along the top; glue and nail it in place.

Step 8: Apply Nosing to Shelf Faces

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Use 1x trim to create a recessed, finished edge on the front of the shelves. To make sure these nosing pieces will fit tightly between the side trim, hold the 1x trim against the front of the shelves and butted to one side. Mark the back of each piece where it meets the other side. Cut each strip at the mark.

Apply glue to the front of the shelf. Nail the nosing into place with 6d finish nails. Start nailing at one end and adjust the nosing as you move down its length so it’s perfectly flush along the top of the shelf. Finish each shelf with nosing in the same manner.

Set all the nail heads and fill the holes with putty or a wax pencil to match the color of the stained wood. Finally paint, wax, or polyurethane the entire bookcase.

Scribing Tips to Help With Your DIY Bookshelf

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Making a tight, gap-free fit between the side trim of a cabinet and the wall — a process called scribing— is one of those critical skills that separates the real craftsmen from those of us who rely on caulk. But it’s not that difficult, once the cabinet is plumb and fastened in place.

  • Decide how you want the trim to cover the gap.
  • Set the compass to the widest part of the gap. Rest its metal point on the wall and the pencil point on the spot where you want the edge of the trim to land on the cabinet. Your trim must be at least this wide.
  • Plumb the trim piece. Hold the trim against the wall with a level on one edge, and adjust the trim until its plumb and still touching the wall. Tack or clamp the trim to the cabinet.
  • Mark the edge to be cut. Without changing the compass setting, rest the compass’ metal point on the edge where the level was. Keep that point and the pencil point level relative to each other and make a mark on the trim in the vicinity of the widest part of the gap.
  • Scribe the edge to be cut. Reset the compass to the widest distance between the mark and the wall. Without changing that setting, hold the metal point against the wall and the pencil point on the trim and run the compass the entire length of the trim to make the scribe line. Be sure to keep both points level the entire time.
  • Now take the trim piece down and cut it with a jigsaw along the waste side of scribe line. That way, you’ll have some material to sand or plane down for a perfect fit.

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25 Homemade DIY Bookends to Make Your Own

Learn how to make a bookend with these 25 homemade diy bookends, including step by step instructions and easy plans. Having diy bookends in your home is an easy and affordable way to add some unique character to your bookshelf.

Making your own diy bookends doesn’t need to be complicated either – you can use everyday objects that you already have around the house or various materials and techniques depending on the look you are going for.

From cute animal shaped homemade bookends made out of papier mache to modern pieces made from concrete or metal pipes – there is sure to be diy bookend idea that suits your style. With creativity and some DIY spirit, it is easier than ever to make beautiful DIY bookends that bring interest and charm to any room.

Homemade DIY Bookends to Make Your Own

Homemade DIY Bookends to Make Your Own

DIY bookends are a great way to add extra style and flair to your home office or library. They are not only practical for holding up heavy books but also serve as decorative pieces. DIY bookends range from easy and simple to those requiring more advanced DIY knowledge.

With everyday materials such as wood, stone, ice cream sticks, brick, or ceramic tiles – the possibilities for creating DIY bookends are endless. Whether you’re a DIY novice looking to tackle an easy project or an experienced DIYer seeking something more daring – building your own DIY bookends is sure to be an enjoyable experience!

1. DIY Wood Triangle Bookends

DIY Wood Triangle Bookends

The DIY bookends make your books stand straight over the shelves and add a huge style statement to your decor display, so here are these pretty. These wooden triangular-shaped bookends to be made at home and add to your bookshelves. Three wooden pieces have been glued together to shape up these mini cute triangles and painted with matching hues at the edge lines to look so chick and awesome. You can check out complete details of the idea right on the link here makeandtell

2. How to Make Baseball Bookends

How To Make Baseball Bookends

with your books on the shelves, you need bookends to get supported over the shelf and not fall. Find this DIY bookend pair with the help of T posts and 3 baseballs being drill, hold onto each. And you are done with your bookends so simply and cheaply. Follow the complete tutorial details of this fun and the functional idea here virginiasweet

3. Bicycle Bookends Decorated with Mod Podge

Easy To Make Crackled Floral Bicycle Bookends

A bookshelf is like a mirror to our home decor type, and if you are a modern decor lover, you will fall in love with these cute mini-cycle bookends to flaunt a modern style over the bookshelves. You can make these pretty bicycle bookends using decoupage and some wooden boards. Get complete access to this modern bicycle bookend pair right on the link given here modpodgerock

4. DIY Rock Solid and Glam Bookends

DIY Rock Solid and Glam Bookends

You would surely have a big jaw drop after watching this super cute, but super duper functional book ends without much effort and money. Two rock pieces have been used as the perfectly sturdy bookends for the bookshelf, with just a coat of metallic gold and pink sprayed on them and some cork pads at the bottom to make them hold firmly on the surface. Check out the complete tutorial details here designlove

5. Homemade Spotted Horse Bookends

DIY Spotted Horse Bookends

These DIY brown spotted horse bookends would look enchanting on your bookshelves and give stylish support to the books to stand upright. They are super easy and fun to make yourself at home with the help of four wooden square board pieces and a plastic horse. You can follow the step by step details of the idea right on the link here twelveoeight

6. How to Make Acrylic and Gold Bookends

How To Make Acrylic and Gold Bookends

These gold giraffe bookends are no less than those high-priced ones you would see over the famous online brands, but surprisingly it has been made so damn cheaply and simply at home. The giraffe’s chipboard has been painted in gold and made to post stand over the acrylic cement support, and you are done. They look rich in modern appeal and add a perfect cuteness to a baby’s library more. Follow the step by step details and the instructions of these gold giraffe book ends here damasklove

7. Decorative Bookends Ideas

Make Berry Basket Bookends

While changing your home decor for the summer, these pretty DIY berry basket bookends would add a perfectly fresh summer look to your bookshelf and the overall home decor. You can easily get these vintage baskets from a thrift store and use them as these berry basket book ends with added stones, berry fabric, and some cotton fill in. The idea is too simple and easy to work on, so do hack all the details of it here sadieseasong

8. Glam DIY Amethyst Bookends

Easy DIY Amethyst Bookends

Your favorite books would look great being stacked between these absolutely beautiful and charming amethyst bookends, which are immensely easy and fun to make yourself at home. With four board pieces, the wooden bases have been made for the book ends, and the amethysts have been applied with gold leaf to behold on the wooden bases and accomplish this pair of DIY bookends with charming up your bookshelf decor with. Follow the tutorial details here curbly

9. Simple DIY Bookends

Simple DIY Bookends

Here is another gold touched bookends to add oodles of charm to your shelf display and the decor of your spaces as well. With the wooden L brackets and the gold geese, these perfectly stylish and cute bookends have been created cheaply. The wooden base has been stained in the choc brown that really has blended beautifully with the gold geese and get you this accent decor piece for the display. Follow the fully detailed tutorial build basic

10. Easy Gold Leafed Agate Bookends

Easy Gold Leafed Agate Bookends

The Agates are super fun and functional to be used as the book ends as they are perfectly heavy to support the books over the shelves. You can bring a pair of Agates at home and make them look custom for your home decor with a touch of gold leaf on one side of each. They would really accentuate your display spots with their sparkly beauty, and that is why you can use them as separate decor pieces for solely the display purpose. Catch the complete gold leaf makeover of these Agate stones here thechronicles

11. Make Your Own A To Z Bookends

Cute DIY A To Z Bookends

You can get these wooden letters in A and Z and turn them into the cutest, decent, and pretty DIY bookends for your bookshelf display and to support your books to stay upright too. Two wooden L-shaped brackets have been made and painted in black to match the black A and Z as they would be glued to these wooden base. Once they are dry, you can proudly put them on a show over the bookshelves, or you can also gift wrap them for a cheap and functional present for any around. Check out details of this idea here athomeinlove

12. How to Make Animal Book Stopper

How to Make Animal Bookends

If you got some toy animals lying around, we got this perfect bookends idea for you to get your hands on. Yes, by making a moose and a polar bear stand over the brick and then painting them both in dazzling white, you can easily create this pretty pair of bookends to be flaunted over your bookshelves, and that too at the cost of few pennies. Not only this, you can wrap them up and use them as the perfect gifts for your friends too.

13. Dinosaur Bookends with Hot Glue

DIY Dinosaur Bookends with Hot Glue

If you go to the dollar store this time, you will pick up these plastic dinosaurs first as they have been turned so great as this dinosaur bookends for your book self-display. The toys dinosaurs have been cut into halves to glue each piece on the wooden L-shaped bookend bases and then get sprayed in any of the bright hues for that perfect funky and chic look to be added to your modern styled shelves. Check out the details and the instructions here doodlecraft

14. DIY Faux Bird Tree Bookend

DIY Faux Bird Tree Bookend

look at these whimsy kinds of planter or tree bookends that would bring a natural charm to your bookshelf. The terracotta pots with a tray have been placed under the pots. The tree branches have been planted inside the pots with some stones filled under the soil so that it weighs enough to support the books. Lastly, the colorful faux birds have been added to the branches to look totally amazing and visually delightful.

15. Making Lion and Horse Bookends

Make Lion and Horse Bookends

In the world of decor, these animal bookends are getting really appreciated and loved for being so much decorative and functional at the same time. So grab a lion and horse, spray paint them in gold and make them hold over the L-shaped wooden bases and they are ready to act as the prettiest and the gorgeously appealing book ends at your bookshelves in your bedroom or the living. Catch out all the details of this project here thekitchykit

16. Plastic Animal Bookends Revisited

Plastic Animal Bookends Revisited

The animal toy made bookends are getting really popular among the home crafters and the decor lovers, and they are just super easy and fun to make at home and save yourself lots of dollars as the book ends in the market are super expensive. These ceramic toys have been cut into halves, and both these half pieces have been used at the back and front of the books and are sturdy enough to hold the books upright and tight. Grab t e details of the idea here madincrafts

17. How to Make Your Own Bookends

DIY Book Ends

Letters add up to your home decor in so many fun and functional ways, and here is another letter craft to be a part of your library or bookshelf. Yes, these are the A and Z letter bookends to be made and flaunt over the bookshelves, holding a bunch of your books between them. One that really makes this lettered pair of bookends to look stunning is the colorful and patterned scrapbook papers, and the washi tape is used to decorate the L shaped bookends. Find out the details and the instructions of the idea here diyshowoff

18. DIY Arrow Bookends

DIY Arrow Bookends

DIY Arrow Bookends are a great way to personalize your home library or office space. These arrow bookends will not take long to make and are both fun and elegant at the same time. To make them, you’ll need four scraps of wood, a drill and small screws; wood glue; a small dowel; feathers; colored tape; and silver clay. With just these materials and a little imagination, you can create something unique that you can be proud of. lovelyetc

19. DIY Cement Bookends

DIY Cement Bookends

DIY cement bookends are the perfect project for someone looking to get their feet wet with cement DIYs. All you need are some basic supplies like Portland Cement, duct tape, cardboard boxes, scissors, a pen, water and cooking spray, along with a bowl and mixing spoon. Start by tracing your desired shape onto cardboard with a pen and cut it out. Secure the two pieces of cardboard together with the duct tape, making sure that the opening is sealed.

Next, combine the Portland Cement and water in the bowl to make a paste! You might have to adjust amounts of both depending on the consistency needed. Apply the paste evenly onto one side of the shapes. And let it dry before flipping over and applying it to another side. Let the DIY Cement Bookends sit overnight before removing them from the molds — there you have it! hawthorne

20. Faux Ceramic Animal Bookends – Two Ways

DIY Faux Ceramic Animal Bookends Two Ways

Here is another fun DIY animal bookends idea to let you make and adorn your bookshelves with. A polar bear has been broken into two pieces, and each of the half pieces has been glued to a wooden base of L shape and thus create you this lovely and cute pair of the book ends with the least efforts and the money. Though easy yet the details of the idea can be hacked here lovelyindeed

21. DIY Quotation Mark Bookends

DIY Quotation Mark Bookends

These quotation mark bookends are sure to add a bold statement to your modern bookshelf. They are surely the most quirky and unique kind of bookends you have come across till now. And they are just super easy to make yourself at home using poster board and pottery plaster mainly. Here is the link where you can get more details of the supplies and also the complete tutorial abeautifulmess

22. Building a Striped Bookends

How to Make Striped Bookends

These DIY striped bookends are a great way to spruce up any living space without breaking the bank. All you need is some scrap wood, a little bit of Bondo and lots of painter’s tape. Once gathered, simply glue your chosen pieces of wood together. Now, use clamps to allow the wood glue to set and fill any gaps with bondo or wood filler. Once dry, apply stripes of painter’s tape and add two contrasting colors of paint for a striking contrast! The black and white paint is an option that works excellently. Finally, simply remove the tape for DIY Striped Bookends worthy of any home! prettyprovide

23. Scrap Wood Guitar Bookends

DIY Scrap Wood Guitar Bookends

If you’re looking for a creative and easy way to spruce up a room, this DIY scrap wood guitar bookends. This project is perfect for woodworking beginners and experts alike! All it takes is some scrap wood, wood glue, clamps, drill (optional), jigsaw and speed square to get started. First, gather all the supplies. Now measure the length of your scrap wood piece and cut the guitar shape with your jigsaw. Start by gluing the two bookend pieces together with wood glue and attach the guitar on top – easy as that! This unique diy project can be customized in any size or color to fit your style. And, who knows? Maybe while working on this diy scrap wood guitar bookends project you’ll discover a hidden passion for carpentry! jenwoodhouse

24. DIY Mannequin Bookends

DIY Mannequin Bookends

These mannequin bookends are just too cute and unique to win the hearts of every decor lover. And luckily, they are just easy to create yourself at home using the cheapest and the most feasible supplies. With some fat fabric, a mannequin template, and sand to fill in, these DIY bookends are easy to make. You can also use them as door stoppers, thus getting double the benefits. Follow the complete tutorial of making them here thesewingloft

25. Handmade Superhero Bookends

Wonderful DIY Superhero Bookends

These mini and cute superhero bookends would make a pretty display with the illusion of holding your books safely. You can cut out the superhero templates and a black farm board. And then glue them up over the metal L shape brackets. They are ready to make a cute display in your kid’s room by holding their favorite story or comic books. You can check out the details and the instructions for the idea here littleredwind

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Conclusion:

If you need some new bookends and don’t want to spend a lot of money, we have the perfect solution for you. We have gathered 25 homemade DIY bookends that will spruce up your bookshelf and save you some money. Most of these DIY bookends can be made with materials you already have around the house, so there is no excuse not to try one out. Which DIY bookends project are you going to try first?

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Non-Cheesy Faux Aged Brick – How To Make New Bricks Look Old

5 Ways to Age Brick Quickly

In this post, we’ll explore different techniques to quickly make new bricks look old/reclaimed/antiqued for the most realistic faux aged brick look .

Over the summer I took on a new landscaping project to create a circular brick patio in my backyard. I wanted the patio to not only have a cool, mosaic look to it, but I also wanted to it look old… as if it has always been there.

Reclaimed brick patio mosaic pattern

Problems with using reclaimed bricks

While you could source reclaimed brick on Craigslist , what I don’t particularly like about old brick is the structural integrity . A lot of times these older, aged bricks are crumbling and may not hold up to the elements as well as a new brick. Reclaimed brick can also be a lot more expensive . If you’re doing a large area, the cost per brick can add up quickly.

Problems with faux aging new bricks to make them look old

But, new brick kind of stinks too. You could find some unique new bricks but it’s typically special order and costs a lot of money. So I decided to buy the cheapest new bricks I could find and experiment with some faux aged brick techniques. By staining and whitewashing the new brick, I could have that antique brick look for my circular patio while starting with a structurally sound foundation.

Achieving a non-cheesy faux aged brick look

The trick to this project is to make new bricks look old without looking cheesy or cheap. And while I hate the word “faux” making something look like something its not is pretty much what I’m doing here. Except… it looks very realistic!

In this video I’ll show you five different ways you can achieve a realistic faux brick look quickly, without spending a ton of money or sacrificing the structural integrity of your patio, walkway or wall!

Materials you need for faux aging your brick

  • Paint brushes – I use sponge brushes and chip brushes but you can use whatever you have handy
  • Acrylic paint – I used one part white acrylic paint mixed with 4 parts water to get a whitewashed effect
  • Minwax Whitewash Pickling (whitewash)
  • Minwax Special Walnut (dark brown)
  • Rustoleum Driftwood (light gray) – Sunbleached is a good alternative, or mix Weathered Gray with Whitewash Pickling.
  • Rustoleum Weathered Gray (Medium blue-gray)
  • Rustoleum Willow (unfinished wood/tan) – Pickled Oak or Weathered Oak are good alternatives
  • Paper towels, water, gloves
  • New bricks – mine were 25 cents each (on sale) and I had them delivered

Faux Aged Brick Before and After

How to make new bricks look old (step by step)

Once you gather your materials and have your new bricks, you’ll want to practice before you start . If you don’t have much extra brick, you can flip the bricks over and experiment on the underside of the bricks.

Use your paintbrush and lightly dip into the stain or paint . Using different types of paintbrushes, like sponge brushes or chip brushes will give you different effects. Experiment with different brush strokes and techniques to get the look you’re going for.

You can pat the stain or paint dry in between coats . I like to reapply the color several times to get the intensity I’m going for. I also like to layer one color on top of the other .

This is much easier to understand when you watch the video !

If you are having trouble getting this to look and feel natural, I’d highly recommend finding an inspiration photo that you can use to guide you. Look at the photo and try to copy the effects you see in the actual aged brick.

Quick Tip: There are lots of ideas in my Garden Paths and Walkways Pinterest Board that you can use for your own inspiration.

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Top tips for creating faux aged brick

Here are some tips that you can use to make sure that you’re bricks look realistic!

Faux Aged Brick Patio Inspiration Photo

Find an aged brick inspiration photo

Go online and research different reclaimed brick or aged brick photos to find something you like. There are tons of different options — from color variation to pattern to size of the brick. Finding that “dream” photo will help you to determine how much “aging” you should do on the brick.

Remember to check out my Garden Paths and Walkways Pinterest Board for some inspiration photos.

Buy extra bricks to experiment with

With any kind of tile or brick project I always recommend getting at least 10% more than you need. For this faux aged brick project, you may want to exceed that 10% extra. That way you’ll have a bunch of extra bricks that you can practice on.

Practice your aging techniques on the bottoms of the bricks

If you don’t have the budget to get extra bricks, you can always flip the bricks over and practice on the bottoms of the bricks. When you are satisfied with your work, just flip the bricks over and apply the technique to the tops of the bricks.

Apply the stain/paint lightly

I like to do multiple coats of the stain or paint in order to get the desired antique look. Don’t use a heavy hand because it’s much easier to add more and build up your layers than to put on too much paint or stain and try to take it off.

In the video (5:30) I’ll show you how difficult it is to remove unwanted color from the brick and how you can (kind of) fix it if this happens to you.

Faux Aged Brick Patio Before and After

Install the brick first, then age the brick

This is a big one. If you age all of your bricks using the techniques from the video, then you install the brick walkway, patio, wall, etc., it’s going to be difficult and may not look that natural.

I would recommend installing the brick first. Once it’s in place, use your inspiration photo to age your bricks in place. It will look more natural this way.

Faux Aged Brick Patio Complete

Make your own stains

If you don’t want to go out and buy new stains, you can also try using 1 part acrylic paint mixed with 4 parts water. This will give you a stain-like appearance on the brick. Valspar Clear Mixing Glaze mixed with acrylic paint is also a great way to make custom stains.

Quick Tip: If you want to learn more about creating your own stains, check out my post, Staining Wood Any Paint Color You Want .

Wrapping Up

There you have it; 5 different techniques that you can try to age your bricks. My favorite technique is using Whitewash pickling stain by Mixwax. You can also try grays, browns and tans to achieve the effect you’re looking for. If you have some acrylic paint handy, you can also try mixing 1 part paint with 4 parts water to create your own custom stains.

Search online for an inspiration photo of a reclaimed brick installation that you like. Use this as your guide as you work on the aging techniques. Remember to practice first. You can buy extra brick or experiment on the back of the bricks. And, I would highly recommend installing the brick FIRST. If you age the brick in place using your inspiration photo as a guide, you’ll get a more natural look.

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How To Make Bricks

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In this post, you’re going to learn how to make bricks so you can start building different structures around the homestead.

Did you know that you can make bricks at home using a variety of different materials? At home, people make bricks out of clay and concrete all the time.

Even though both these bricks are made of different materials the construction process is very similar to some slight differences. If you want to know how to make your own bricks follow along with these detailed instructions.

Instructions Overview

This tutorial will cover how to make concrete and clay bricks.

Through this tutorial, you will learn how to make your own molds to create multiple bricks at a time. You will discover how to mix concrete effectively and what you can do to make sure that your concrete bricks don’t crack while they cure. Instructions are the same for both types of brick.

If instructions deviate concrete brick instruction will be listed first and clay brick instructions with being found under for clay bricks.

Supplies for Concrete Bricks

  • 1 .75 inch plywood sheet
  • 4 2x4x8 pieces of wood
  • 1 bag concrete mix (80 pounds)
  • 1 wheelbarrow
  • 1 screwdriver
  • 1 pkg of 3” screws
  • 1 circular saw
  • 1 pair safety goggles
  • 2 plastic sheets

Supplies for Clay Bricks

  • 1.75-inch plywood sheet
  • 1 container of dried clay
  • 1 pair of safety goggles

Before You Start

You should always wear protective clothing; including, a dust mask, gloves, and goggles. Remember to follow all safety precautions when dealing with concrete as it is corrosive.

How to Make Bricks

  • Making the forms
  • Preparing the form
  • Mix concrete and the clay
  • Fill your mold
  • Remove your bricks
  • Creating texture in your bricks

Step 1: Making the Forms

The first thing you will need to do is construct your molds. Your brick dimensions will be about 9X4X3.5.

Take your piece of .75 plywood sheet and cut it into 12×48 sections. This should be long enough for you to be able to fit 8 bricks per sheet. This will create about 64 bricks.

If you are looking to create less you will want to purchase a smaller section of .75 plywood.

Take your 2x4x8 lumber selections and cut 2 pieces measuring 48” for the sides of your form. The rest of the wood will be cut down to 9-inch pieces. You will need 9 of these to construct your mold.

Step 2: Assembly

Take your 3″ screws and attach the 9-inch sections in between the 2 pieces of lumber measuring 48″ in size to form 8 molds of equal size. Make sure each of the 9-inch sections are 4 inches apart.

Take your 12X48 section of .75 plywood and cover it with plastic to prevent the concrete from adhering to the plywood.

Place your ladder form on top of this. Make sure you put the plastic-covered plywood on a level surface.

Screw the ladder form to the plywood so that it is secure.

Step 3: Preparing the Form

Spray your mold with form releasing spray so that you can remove your concrete bricks when they are finished drying (between 24 -48 hours).

For Clay Bricks

Using the water striking method make sure your form is thoroughly soaked. You want to make sure the form is wet for two reasons: an easy release and so your clay does not stick to the mold

Step 4: Mix the Concrete and the Clay

Pour your 80 lbs concrete mix into a wheelbarrow. Use your shovel to create a well in the center of the concrete.

Note: An 80 lbs bag of concrete will make about 74 bricks while a 60 lb bag will make only 56.

Slowly pour in water until you reach a consistency that looks like pancake batter.

Use a bucket of water instead of the hose so that you have more control over how much water makes it into your mixture. Adding too much water will make your concrete soupy and unusable.

Mix the fully dried out clay with water until you get a frosting-like consistency. You do not want pottery like consistency because that is too thick.

Step 5: Fill Your Mold

Take your mixed concrete and pour it into your mold using a 12” trowel. Make sure that you use the bottom of your trowel to tap down each of your bricks.

Tapping on the bricks helps to remove any air bubbles that form in the bricks. You need to poke your concrete with the edge of your trowel slicing downward.

This slicing motion ensures that the concrete stabilizes and extra moisture is able to be released. You will need to do this procedure of tapping and slicing a few times to get rid of all extra moisture.

Make sure you level your concrete to the top of your form.

Add score marks to the bricks with a scoring trowel if you plan to hang them on a wall. This is important if you plan to use mortar to attach them to the wall.

Use an edger to create clean lines around the mold edges.

Leave the concrete to set for 24- 48 hours.

Fill the mold with the clay using a trowel or your hands. Level the bricks by smoothing them with your hands.

You want your bricks to be level with the mold.

Step 6: Remove Your Bricks

Separate your constructed concrete mold forms after 24-48 hours from your bricks. Place your bricks in a cool place.

Cover your bricks with a wet blanket. This is to keep the bricks moist while they are curing for 3 weeks; though some quick-drying cement claim to have a shorter curing time. Check out the back of your concrete mix bag to see what the manufacturer recommends.

You do not want your bricks to dry out and crack while they are curing. Because of this, you need to cover the bricks and wet blanket with a plastic sheet to stop the moisture in the sheet from evaporating.

After they finish curing they are ready to use in your project.

Remove the mold immediately after smoothing. If you have done everything right the mold will lift up and the bricks will stay where they should.

Clay bricks will need 1-3 days to cure. Time length often depends on the weather.

Step 7: Creating Texture in Your Bricks

If you want to add a little bit of visual interest you can role an orange or some other object along the top of your concrete bricks. Note you will want to do this within a few minutes of laying down your concrete mixture.

It is important to do this before your top layer has a chance to cure.

Final Thoughts

With the right tools, you can create your own concrete and clay bricks. The hardest part is mixing the concrete to make concrete bricks.

I hope this post on how to make bricks helped you. Knowing how to do this will drastically improve your DIY skills and opens up a labyrinth of possibilities for structures you could make for the homestead.

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