On a family day out in Middleburg, my kids and I both found ourselves drawn to some interesting bookmarks created by artist Felix Doolittle. They loved the fact that a hedgehog was depicted, I loved the fanciful artwork. Immediately I thought of space in their bathroom that could use something to fill it. I wasn’t sure how it would work, but I bought the bookmarks and started to brainstorm.
My husband has to carefully park his car next to this kind of stuff, since his wife has a hundred grand schemes about what she is going to with every neat piece of wood she finds.
But in this pile, I found two lovely little pieces of wood taken from an antique window frame I’d salvaged. My gut told me to start here as an idea began solidifying in my mind.
I cut them the same length and sanded the edges smooth.
I decided to stain the wood a dark walnut.
I bought a flat bracket and attached the pieces of wood side by side.
Next I figured out where I wanted each bookmark from the set attached and kept them in place with washi tape.
I used rubber cement on the back of each bookmark to permanently fix them to the wood.
Some heavy books and my oft’ neglected set of weights sat on top of it overnight to ensure the glue could dry with the bookmarks held flat.
The next morning, I removed the washi tape and began painting decoupage over the entire surface.
After giving it 24 hours to dry nice and hard, I added some hanging hardware to the back and hung it up.