DIY Animal Print Bookcase Background

So you know when see photo like here, and you can’t get it out of your head?  And then the universe keeps putting similar pretty things (like this and this) in front of you?  I did some researching for the original wallpaper, and found it.  It was beautiful and stole my decor heart.  Alas, a part of me wondered if I could recreate the look by myself.

All of the walls in my house are pretty long/wide, or they are taller.  I didn’t want to commit to doing it on a larger wall since I wasn’t sure of the end result.  So I opted to do it on boards to back my bookcases.  And if I didn’t like the look or want to change them out in six months, I can take them out without repainting the wood!  So here goes my attempt at a DIY Animal Print Bookcase Background, drumroll please…

DIY Animal Print Bookcase Background

I measured the spaces of my bookcases (between the shelves), and brought them with me to Dick Blick.  I bought 4 big sheets of foam board and had them cut to size.  Their custom cutter was the reason I went there.  I think I paid $4 for the cuts, but it was totally worth it.  Note:  the sales associate warned me the cutter can be 1/4 inch off.  Well she was pretty accurate with that.  Practically every sheet came 1/4 too short short.  Oh well, it’s still better than me making a mess of it with a box cutter at home.  TIP – pick the straightest boards you can.  When they’re standing upright, you don’t want the boards that curve.

I went to Dick Blick and bought a block of Speedball Speedy Cut.  This is cool stuff, it’s like modeling clay that works like a stamp.


I draw out the shapes I wanted with a pencil…


And cut them out with an Exacto Knife...IMG_4179

Cut a variety of shapes and sizes…IMG_4180
So now you’ve got your stamps.  I used black acrylic paint and squirted some onto a  styrofoam plate.  Literally, I dabbed the stamp into the paint and then ‘stamped’ the board.  Easy as pie.

The one thing I learned after I was done stamping all of the boards, was that the paint creates a film on the outer side of the stamps.  I couldn’t figure out why the shapes weren’t coming out as crisp in the end as they were when I started.  When I cleaned the stamps, I saw the gunky semi-dried paint on the sides.  Ahhhh…  So looking back, I should have cleaned the stamps half way through the stamping.  I’m probably the only person that will notice, thankfully.

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I really like the end result.  And I’m glad that if I want to take them out (and put them back in later), I can do just that.  Hope you enjoyed this little project, and it inspires you do something fun with your bookcases!

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14 Comment

  1. Reply
    January 20, 2015 at 10:14 pm

    This project turned out so great!! Thanks for sharing!!

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      Tyler @ The Striped House
      January 28, 2015 at 10:11 pm

      Hi Lindi, thanks so much! I’m pretty jazzed with how it turned out 🙂

  2. Reply
    Carissa Rasmussen
    January 21, 2015 at 11:33 am

    I don’t think I could get tired of this! Love how it turned out! Come share at my link party

    1. Reply
      Tyler @ The Striped House
      January 28, 2015 at 10:13 pm

      Hi Carissa! Oh my gosh yes, I love partying with you! See you real soon 🙂

  3. Reply
    the cape on the corner
    January 21, 2015 at 11:55 am

    super fun and chic update.

  4. Reply
    Amy | Club Narwhal
    January 22, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    Oh, this is BONKERS adorable! I love the modern look it gives this bookcase. Thanks so much for linking up at The Makers 🙂

    1. Reply
      Tyler @ The Striped House
      January 28, 2015 at 10:15 pm

      Hi Amy, I love that you used the word Bonkers in your comment – you rock and thanks for making my day 🙂

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    Sarah @ 702 Park Project
    February 16, 2015 at 11:24 am

    This looks fabulous!! I love it! I’m definitely going to have to try this one. (Visiting from DIY Showoff link up.)

    1. Reply
      Tyler @ The Striped House
      March 29, 2015 at 10:16 pm

      Thanks Sarah! One of the best things about this project, is that it’s completely stress-free since I wasn’t painting the actual bookshelves 🙂 Let me know how it turns out!

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    Carissa Rasmussen
    February 17, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    so glad you came and linked up at Outside [the Box]! You’re being featured today!

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    Trisha D. @Black and White Obsession
    February 18, 2015 at 3:13 pm

    Stopping over from the Outside The Box party! Holy cats your bookcases turned out sooo cool! I had no idea Speedball Speedy Cut even existed, off to go hunt some down and get creative!

  8. Reply
    Angela, blue i style
    February 20, 2015 at 6:45 pm

    Oh my goodness, I LOVE this!! I’d love to have you come and link up with us at The Creative Circle again this week!

    1. Reply
      Tyler @ The Striped House
      March 29, 2015 at 10:38 pm

      I would love to come and link up with you ladies again! Thanks for the project love and I’ll see you again real soon 🙂

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