DIY Telephone Bookends

DIY Telephone BookendsToday we have a special treat for you! We invited our friends, Erin and Stefanie, from Oh So Lovely to share a fun DIY project with you. If you haven't heard of Oh So Lovely, it's a beautiful vintage boutique (run by two best friends!) based in Winnipeg. Erin and Stef have amazing vintage styles. We're loving this project they created just for you. Enjoy! Supplies NeededSupplies Needed: 2 old phones, 2 pieces of thin metal 1.5" wide, cut into 7.5" long strips. We found these at our local hardware store and cut them ourselves with a hacksaw, but you can get your hardware store to cut it for you! 2 pieces of felt in whatever color you chose, cut just a tiny bit smaller than the metal strips, 2 flathead screws, 2 drill bits, one a bit larger than the other, 1 can of metal spray paint in whatever color you chose, Cordless drill, Hot glue gun, or whatever glue you have on hand.Steps 1-2Step 1: Find 2 old phones and cut off the cords. If you are using a rotary phone, be sure to unscrew the part that you would talk into (the microphone cover) and take out the microphone, because you don't want to drill into it later! Step 2: Drill a centred hole (pilot hole) using the smaller drill bit, 1" down from the top of the piece of metal. Make sure you put something like a scrap piece of wood underneath it so that you don't drill into your table or floor!Step 3Step 3: Use the larger hole to drill a countersink (a larger hole not all the way through) so that the screw can sit flush.Steps 4-5Step 4: Spray the pieces of metal and be sure to get the sides, give them two coats and let dry. Step 5: Once they are dry, simply position the phone how you would like it to stand, and carefully screw the metal piece to the bottom of the phone, using a cordless drill. Step 6: Using a hot glue gun, glue your strips of felt to the bottom.DIY Bookends (via A Beautiful Mess)DIY Bookends (via A Beautiful Mess)DIY Bookends (via A Beautiful Mess)Ta-da! Your repurposed phone bookends are ready to go! 

Thanks so much, Erin and Stef! Check out the Oh So Lovely Blog or follow them on twitter. Now, who's in the mood for a flea market trip? Happy weekend! xoxo. Elsie 

  • OMG, I love it! Now this I could do! How clever:-)

  • Love iiiit!! You girls have such a great ideas! You don’t stop surprising me! 🙂 Your blog is awesome!!

  • Super, super, super cute!


    -Daisy Nguyen from PS BANANAS fashion blog:

  • Ah! I love this. So easy and cute!!! You’ve got some awesome books there too 😉

    – Sarah

  • soo awesome 🙂 I must try someday! btw I love yours ideas and this blog!

    greetings from Poland 🙂

  • What an idea! thanks for the DIY. I love those pictures it is so colorful!
    Olive xox

  • I cant decide what I love more..the concept, or the colors in these photos 😉 <3

  • I love this proyect. Finally I have something to do with my old phone!! I think it can look good with my old mobile phone!!

  • Perfect….going on the hunt. I have a really old phone in our home as display….my grandkids wanted to know what it was used for….If I find some phones like the ones you show…..I bet they will think they are really big cell phones.
    Very clever idea!

  • Wow, that’s so cool, I absolutely love it.


  • I love the powder blue. I have big crystal geodes for my bookends right now!


  • Oh my gosh, I just love this! And I’ve seen some great old phones at thrift stores lately. I’m trying it for sure!

  • What a brilliant idea to recycle old phones and stop them from becoming obsolete! Functional and beautiful = I like! Katie. X

  • Love it love it!you do always have so much beautiful things 🙂

  • Always in the mood for flea markets! I loved these bookends, very cute and creative!

  • This really made me giggle, such a tounge in cheek idea! I still have a red ‘bat phone’ with a spinning dial but I couldn’t bring myself to cut it up.Rx

  • Fun, cute and so creative! But that could be hard to drill the phone and glue it to the metal. Maybe need a man’s hands? 🙂

  • What a cute idea! I’ve never seen anything like it 🙂

    ♥ Naomi {Starry Eyes + Coffee Cups}

  • This is such a great DIY! Definitely going to have to try it! 🙂

  • this is just too adorable, such a great, great idea!


  • Amazing idea! I will try to do it if I found old telephones!!
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    Kisses from Spain! <3

  • Whaaat? This is such a cute idea! I love this! So cute 🙂
    xo Heather

  • Hey girls! This question has zero to do with this post 😉 but, I was wondering if you can disclose how you keep dog fur off of all your stuff… because I also own a pug and we are drowning in fur. I vacuum, we get him groomed once a mth.. to no avail. Pretty please do a blog post on this!!! xoxo

  • this is very cute! what a wonderful idea! xo eden

  • you are just the most inspiring blog ever. this post is one of the MANY reasons i keep coming back

  • Such a cute idea! I need to find a decent bookshelf to display my books, then I’ll try this out.


  • Great idea!!!

  • It’s so nice that you’ve featured these lovely ladies from my hometown! Winnipeg doesn’t get mentioned often but it’s bustling with creative people and funky shops. Erin and Stef’s shop Rhymes With Orange is an adorable piece of the city’s vintage community!

  • Beautiful! 😉

  • This idea is SO cute! I was just looking for creative ideas for bookends! The universe listened!

  • This is such a cute idea! I’m always finding phones that I wished worked that would be perfect for this project.


  • Classic! LOVE! Isn’t it funny that years ago when we were little, phones like that were common in every household, and now we are l making fabulous bookends with them as if they are vintage! Can we call them vintage if I have a picture of myself in an amazing jean jacket talking on the wide phone? They are from my lifetime lol

  • So cute! Definitely something to try.

  • Cute! They turned out great!


  • What a great idea! Got way to many books and probably we also got old phones, so I go search this weekend and try it!
    Love this DIY!


  • This is so adorable! I love this shade of blue and it’s such a cool new purpose for those retro telephones! Great DIY, girls.

  • This is a really cute idea! And I also really like the color of the wall!
    Thanks for sharing!

  • That is a fabulous idea!!!! I will be searching everywhere for old phones now!

  • This is such a cute idea! And it turned out great and really professional. Love it.

  • I love this! I’ve been looking for a fun way to display my collection of vintage books, and these bookends will be perfect. They look easy to make too. I can’t wait to go phone hunting!

  • Such a fun and creative way to use old phones! May have to put this in my teenage daughters’ room.

  • This is ADORBS! So simple and cute! And Donna Parker? LOVE her!

    Stephanie May*

  • So CUTE! I need one of these (or three!) on my bookshelf! <3

  • Super cute! I have a few vintage phones laying around and I had no idea what to do with them. Thanks for being on point Elsie!


  • Thank you so much for this, I’ve been looking for a book end project for so long. This will look perfect in my newly decorated room! x

  • This is so cute! I have a couple old ones sitting around and I am definitely going to make them into bookends!

  • This is so crazy cute!! I had to pin it so I wouldn’t forget to do it!! 🙂

  • These are really cool! I love unique home decor ideas, and this gives me another reason to go thrifting! 🙂
    xo. Mandy

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