DIY Faux Cement Bookends


I recently got some of the new FolkArt® Painted Finishes and have been dying to try the concrete finish. I love how concrete looks in decor, but have no idea how to create something with real cement! So this simple-to-use faux finish is perfect! I had an idea to create some faux cement bookends, and I love how easy they were to make and how cute they turned out!

FloraCraft Styrofoam cubes
FloraCraft Smooth Finish
Spatula/putty knife
Cardboard letters
FolkArt Light Concrete Painted Finish
Craft paint
Paint brushes


I used a foam cube as the base of the bookend. I just learned about this FloraCraft Smooth Finish, which fills the cracks of the foam to make a smooth surface you can embellish in SO MANY ways. It’s a game-changer!


I applied two coats of the Smooth Finish to the cube using a putty knife.


After the Smooth Finish dried completely, I was ready to apply the concrete finish!


I dabbed the concrete finish on the cube. You can see in the picture that it has a grit to it, which makes it nearly impossible to mess up, since bumps and cracks are what make it look like real cement!


Next, I applied the concrete finish to the cardboard using the same method as the cube.


Then, I glued the letter to the cube.


I wanted it to look like one piece of cement, so I used the concrete finish to fill in the seams between the letter and the cube.


Last of all, I add a pop of color to the bottom of the cube. I just taped, painted, and let dry.


How cool is that texture from the concrete finish?!




My books have never looked cuter! Happy crafting!

ox. Sam


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  • SharonSeptember 8, 2016 - 8:30 am

    These are so very cool! What a fabulous idea!ReplyCancel

  • Amy's Fashion BlogSeptember 8, 2016 - 7:50 pm

    I had no idea they sold paint like this.


  • Anne from PintestingSeptember 14, 2016 - 6:21 am

    I love how cute and easy these are! Since they’re made of foam and probably not very heavy, are they sturdy enough to hold books or more for decorative purposes? I’d be bummed if a heavy book crushed my pretty new bookend.ReplyCancel

    • prettylifegirlsSeptember 25, 2016 - 6:27 pm

      Yes, they are definitely more decorative! I don’t think a book would be able to crush them, but it would probably knock them over. xoxo.ReplyCancel