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Guest post: Claireabellemakes crochet web bookends

Hi everyone - today I have a real treat for you; the wonderful Claire from Claireabellemakes is sharing how to make a genre inspired set of bookends! I just love the spider web effect and will definitely be making a few for myself - two months before Halloween should give me enough time to learn the stitch too! So please give Claire a very warm welcome to the blog and be sure to check out the other gorgeous makes on her site :)

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I'm Claire from the craft blog Claireabellemakes and I'm here today to share a book themed DIY with you all! I figured as you are all followers of Mab Is Mab you must like to read, so will hopefully enjoy some crafting inspiration today.

So where to start for these DIY Horror Themed Bookends? Gather your scariest books....

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You will need 4 pieces of square craft wood (I got mine from this eBay seller) and a glue gun or wood glue.

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A hammer (pink if you are a girl of course!) and some nails.

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Black yarn and a crochet hook (or lace if you can't crochet).

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Begin by gluing the square blocks together so they form bookends - simple! A glue gun will dry very quickly, but wood glue may take slightly longer.

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Crochet a spider web! How you say? I followed a YouTube tutorial which showed a simple pattern. You do need to know how to crochet a UK treble stitch (Australian/US Double) for this pattern, but do not worry if you can't do it. There are further suggestions for alternative spooky decorations below!

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Hammer a few nails on each outward facing side of your bookend - enough to stretch your spider web across.

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Hook your crochet spider web across the nails. If you haven't crocheted, you could add more nails and just hook the yarn across the nails creating a spider web effect.

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For those of you who cannot crochet - why not try a black lace decoration? I just nailed mine across the bookend, but you could twist it into a spider web shape or similar.

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Stack up your scary books and you're done!

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I hope you enjoyed my book themed DIY today! Thanks so much for having me Mab.

Toodles!
 Claire

Once again, thanks SO much to Claire. And if you have a book inspired post you would like to share on the blog, get in touch!