Reorganizing and redecorating your bookshelves doesn’t have to mean a trip to the store. You needn’t buy expensive bookends to hold your tomes together on the shelf. Instead, rummage around the house for items that are weighty and attractive. You’re bound to come up with something more unusual than those brass numbers you see in catalogs and department stores. And you’ll help save the planet in the process. Here are some ideas!
1. Small jars filled with beads, shells, marbles, or colored sand.
2. Decorative beer steins.
3. Ceramic pitchers or crockery.
4. Duck decoys.
5. Piggy banks filled with change.
6. Small baskets filled with gourds. (Shellac the gourds to preserve them.)
7. Dolls or teddy bears. (Try ones that are tall enough to slide into the bookshelf in a sitting position, with their heads barely touching the bottom of the shelf above).
Adapted from Vinegar, Duct Tape, Milk Jugs & More, by Earl Proulx (Rodale Books, 1999).
For more on reducing and reusing things, read Sustainable Dave’s blog To Buy or Not to Buy: Is There Really a Question? or learn all about Freecycling things you no longer need, or finding free items instead of buying new.