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Dollar Tree Hand Stamped Book Stacks

Have you seen the beautiful whitewashed and hand stamped book stacks and wanted them for your own home décor but thought they were hard to make or too expensive to buy? Well, they're not (hard to make, that is).

Stack of 3 books whitewashed and hand stamped.

Today, I'm going to show you how to make your own Dollar Tree Hand Stamped Book Stack for less than the cost of a cup of Starbucks (or my personal favorite, Dunkin' Donuts).

You can use old books, substitute a hardcover book, or use paperback books.

Today's tutorial will be focusing on the paperback book version.

This thrifty craft is part of this month's Thrifty Style Team frugal extravaganza.

How To Make Farmhouse Style White Washed Book Stacks

Supplies:

Books from the dollar store or any paperback books you no longer use or need - make sure they are very similar in size so that they stack nicely. Another good source for inexpensive books is your local thrift store.

Gesso, white craft paint, or chalk paint (Heirloom Traditions is my favorite brand- very easy to use and great coverage)

Paint Brushes - These Nylon Craft Brushes work great!

Twine or ribbon (this natural cotton ribbon has the look of grain sack and I think would look great wrapped around a stack of books)

Set of Alphabet Stamps

Ink Pad

Directions:

Carefully remove the book cover from each book.

Paint the book spine, front, and back of each book with the Gesso or white paint until you can no longer see the print beneath.

Once the paint is dry, use the rubber stamps to stamp anything you want along the spine.

I wanted mine to spell out one phrase across all three books so put a single word on each book, lining them up (as best I could) along the right side of the spine.

When dry, I added twine to wrap them up together and called it a day!

Here is another set of books I decorated for Christmas - I really do like the look of these and think they would be cute as personalized book sets to commemorate your children, their names, and dates of birth as well, your anniversary, or just about anything you can think of!

Display Ideas:

Each bookstack is a unique creation and can be displayed as part of a bookshelf display, quaintly stacked on risers in an open shelving display, placed on a coffee table, or anywhere else you need a splash of gorgeous farmhouse style decor.

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Now For the Rest of the Thrifty Style Team Posts for the Month


How To Make Farmhouse Style Whitewashed Book Stacks (from Dollar Tree Books)

Mary Beth
Perfect for adding farmhouse style charm to any area, inexpensive and easy to make Dollar Tree whitewashed book stacks. Hand stamp with anything you want them to, so easy to customize for any occasion.
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Active Time 30 mins
Additional Time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr

Instructions
 

  • Carefully remove the covers from each book
  • Paint the spine, front, and back of each book with the Gesso or white paint until you can no longer see the print beneath
  • Once the paint is dry, use the rubber stamps to write anything you want along the spine.
  • I wanted mine to spell out one phrase across all three books so put a single word on each book, lining them up (as best I could) along the right side of the spine.
  • When dry, I added twine to wrap them up together and called it a day!

Notes

Wrap with twine or burlap, add twigs, dried flowers, faux flowers, anything your heart desires to give your stack the look you want.
Keyword Book Stack, diy, Dollar Tree, Farmhouse, Hand Stamped, home decor, Thrifty, Whitewash
Tried this DIY? Let me know what you think!Mention @TheHowToHome or tag #thehowtohome!
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9 Comments

  1. Angie @ Postcards from the Ridge says:

    This is such a cute and fun project. I love how cozy it looks on that pedestal! Thanks for sharing, and have a wonderful weekend.

  2. Cindy caretto says:

    Is it necessary to remove the covers?

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Hi Cindy. In all likelihood, the covers are shiny in which case the paint will not stick and that's why removing the covers is important. It allows the paint to adhere and give an extra texture to the books. I hope that helps. Regards, Mary Beth

  3. Paula@SweetPea says:

    What a cute idea, Mary Beth! Your book stack is perfect for using in a vignette to decorate for most any season.

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Paula!

    2. I love these, I've made some too and they're so fun! Have a great weekend Mary Beth!

  4. Kristi Pawlik Dominguez says:

    This is so clever, Mary Beth! What a perfect, budget-friendly, seasonal decoration. Thanks so much for sharing. xoxo

  5. Such a neat trick!!! I had no idea this was a thing. I love the idea to use your children’s info!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Julie!