Here's an easy diy project for you. I was inspired by this brick window display at Anthropolgie and thought that something similar would make great bookends.
We had quite a few bricks in the backyard, so I picked a couple and cleaned them up. To begin wrapping the brick I held down the loose end and wrapped a few turns around to secure.
Then I kept wrapping, both short ways and long ways until I was satisfied with the coverage. I didn't attempt to cover it completely. I wanted a bit of the brick to show through. To finish off the end, I wound the loose string around a couple of the crossing pieces.
A small collection of wrapped bricks in a few different colors might be pretty too.