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).
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
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!
Set of Alphabet Stamps
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!
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.
Have Some Fun and Shop the Look:
- Liquitex BASICS Gesso Surface Prep Medium, 16-oz, White
- Linen (off white), Finish All-In-One Paint 32oz Quart - - Amazon.com
- Ranger Archival Ink Pad, Jet Black – Permanent, Waterproof, Acid-Free, Non-Toxic
This is my favorite chalk paint! Easy to use, great coverage, and a little goes a long way. Great for crafts and furniture painting.
Won’t Bleed or Smudge – Provides Vivid and Crisp Stamping Results – Air Dry on Matte and Heat Set on Glossy Surfaces.
Now For the Rest of the Thrifty Style Team Posts for the Month
Redhead Can Decorate – Repurposed Hobnail Milk Glass
The Painted Hinge – A Thrifty Way to Upcycle Old Curtain Rods
DIY Beautify – Easy Wreath Centerpiece
Sweet Pea – Upcycled Shower Curtain DIY Pillow Covers
Postcards From The Ridge – How to Make Flowers from Paper Egg Cartons
The Creek Line House – Making Celebrations Special During Social Distancing
The How To Home – Dollar Tree Hand Stamped Book Stack
The Tattered Pew – How to Upcyle An Old Cutting Board Using Modge Podge
Unskinny Boppy – Free Printable Easter Greeting Card
I Should Be Mopping The Floor – Painting Upholstery without Fabric Medium
Salvaged Living – Tips on Buying Vintage Books for Decor
2 Bees In A Pod – Vintage Postcard Art
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.
- 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!
Wrap with twine or burlap, add twigs, dried flowers, faux flowers, anything your heart desires to give your stack the look you want.