Want to get your kids excited about books? Then make them a funky DIY Toy Soldier Bookend!
It’s guaranteed to pique their interest in their books. It’s also a fantastic way to repurpose an old toy action figure, I used a G.I. Joe soldier, but other action figures would also work.
Step by step guide
Here’s how to make your own DIY toy soldier bookend… it’s not too tricky!
STEP 1: Take your old toy action figure and use a hack saw to remove a 20 mm section from the waist.
STEP 2: Cut two wooden discs slightly bigger than the toy’s waist.
STEP 3: Find a bolt (with a nut) long enough to fit through the shelf and both wooden discs, something around 4-5 mm in diameter. Drill a hole in the centre of both discs, large enough to fit the bolt.
STEP 4: Drill another hole halfway through each disc, large enough to fit the bolt head and nut.
STEP 5: Mix epoxy adhesive (such as Araldite) using a matchstick. Apply glue to the inside of the enlarged hole of one disc and then push the nut in.
STEP 6: Use more glue to attach the same wooden disc onto the top half of the soldier.
STEP 7: Glue the bolt head into the other wooden disc.
STEP 8: Glue the disc onto the legs using more expoxy adhesive.
STEP 9: Drill a hole through the shelf big enough to fit the bolt.
STEP 10: Last step, push the bolt through, and screw on the body.
You’re almost done! Adjust the position of the legs and arms, so the books can lean against them… and then add the books!
- Large plastic action figure
- Sandpaper or craft knife
- Small piece of 10 mm MDF/plywood
- Nut and bolt 6-8 mm diameter
- Hacksaw, jigsaw
- Drill and drillbits
- Epoxy adhesive
Old toys are brilliant for quirky upcycling projects, before you throw them out, think what you could turn them into.