Let me show you how to make your own farmhouse book stacks to help personalize your space with your favorite quotes or your family’s names.
Stamped book stacks are a great way to personalize your space! I love mixing them in with my other pieces such as baskets, my DIY wood beads, and faux plants. They make for great pedestals by raising other small pieces like plants or candles.
Personalized book stacks make for great gifts too! They are a perfect way to celebrate a new home (“Home Sweet Home”), marriage (Mr & Mrs, new last name, wedding date), baby (baby name, birthday, time of birth, weight, height), or even a dog (family stack with an additional book for the new pup)! For this tutorial I created a family stack including Alex, Me and our fur babies.
Oh! One more thing.. These charming stacks make for a super cheap DIY! I have used books from Dollar Tree, thrift stores and garage sales to do this project, so make sure you don’t pay more than $1 per book! And before you book-shame me, I promise the books remain 100% readable after this DIY.
This post is all about how to make your very own farmhouse book stacks!
Materials for your Book Stacks
**For your convenience, some the materials listed below are directly linked.
- Multiple books in similar size
- Paint for spine of the book & lettering
- Letter stamps, stencils, or pencil for lettering
- Skinny Paint Brush
- Twine or ribbon to bind the books
- Small pieces of greenery or floral picks to decorate top (optional)
Instructions for How to Make Book Stacks
Remove Covers & Spine
Start your DIY by removing the covers and spine from your book. To do this, you will want to fold both covers away from book until they are touching. Then rip the covers away from the book. If you would rather leave the cover attached, an alternative to this step is to paint the entire cover off-white.
The spine looks different every time I do this DIY and you may choose to leave them as is or paint them. If you choose to paint the spines, start by painting the entire spine white. While the paint is still wet, I like to rub in a few dots of gray or brown paint with my finger for a more worn or rustic look. If you don’t like the way it turns out, feel free to try again. Just paint over it!
Add Names or Phrases
Once your spines are dry, it’s time to personalize your book stacks. As you can see I chose to personalize ours with our family members’ names. You can personalize them by painting the letters one or using stamps. My stamps are not big enough, so I chose paint.
If your unsure of which font to use, Google it. I like the courier and typewriter fonts. Practice your chosen font on a scrap piece of paper until you like the way it looks. Then sketch the lettering with pencil onto the spines of books and paint over using a skinny brush. Remember to use light pressure when painting becuase increased pressure will increase the thickness of the letters. Paint over the entire word or phrase before going over letters a second time because you may end up liking a less perfected and worn look.
If you have letter stamps that are big enough for the spine of your books, start by practicing on a scrap piece of paper. You can use ink, paint, or even marker with rubber stamps. To ensure proper spacing, i like to tape the letter stamps together before stamping.
Stack & Decorate
Once your books are dry it’s time to officially make your book stack! Stack your books in appropriate order then bind them together with twine or ribbon. Add a piece of greenery a small floral piece or other embellishment to the top of your stack for a more finished and decorated look!
That’s it! Now you get to decorate with your book stacks!
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