Friday, February 21, 2020

How to Make a DIY Decorative Book Stack

Have you seen distressed book stacks all over the place?  I have and I love them!  I have been toying around with different ways to distress and stamp books and have come up with an easy process for How to Make a DIY Decorative Book Stack

How to make a DIY Decorative Book Stack  |   use this simple tutorial to make a distressed\stamped book stack for your home decor  |   She's Crafty

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I love all things distressed, vintage, antique, etc.  Several years ago I saw distressed book stacks by Restoration Hardware and have kept that idea in the back of my mind.  Also, in my thrifting adventures, I've picked up antique books on occasion, but they are getting harder and harder to find, so I wanted a way to make distressed books myself.  I also wanted a way to personalize them to any season and a way to put words on them.

How to Make a DIY Decorative Book Stack


Grab a couple of paper back books off of your book shelf.  If you don't have any to spare, you can pick some up from the thrift store.  My Goodwill sells paperbacks for $1.  Thank you Nicholas Sparks for your contribution to my project!  


How to make a Decorative Book Stack with discarded or thrifted books


Tear the covers off by pulling the cover back and over the top of the spine.  Tear slowly so that most of the cover comes off.


How to make a DIY decorative book stack |  how to tear the cover off of a paperback book


After the front is torn off, it will leave some of the spine still covered.


How to make a DIY decorative book stack |  how to tear the cover off of a paperback book


Flip the book over and slowly tear off the back of the cover, tearing up and toward the spine.  Most, if not all of the cover should come off.


How to make a DIY decorative book stack |  how to tear the cover off of a paperback book


If any of the cover remains, sand it off with sandpaper.  Also use the sandpaper to smooth all of the torn binding and edges of the spine.   We want distressed, not raggedy!  


How to make a DIY decorative book stack |  how to make a distressed paperback spine smooth for stamping


Using a letter stamp set and a black ink pad, stamp your message on the spine of a book, one letter at a time.  Start at the end of the word and work backwards.  Repeat with the other book(s).


How to make a DIY decorative book stack |  how to stamp on a distressed book spine


If there are any flaws in the stamping, you can leave it - this is a handmade project after all - or sand the flaw off.  When I stamped the 'S' I dragged the stamp a little bit and it left a mark.  I sanded it a tiny bit with sandpaper and got the mark off.


How to make a DIY decorative book stack |  how to stamp on a distressed book spine


I wrapped a piece of lace trim and black and white ribbon around the book stack and tied it.  Make sure when you cut your ribbon that you either cut it in a V or on the diagonal.


How to make a DIY decorative book stack |  tie lace and ribbons around book stack


Then I placed the book stack in a vignette in my living room.  


How to make a DIY decorative book stack |  add a distressed book stack to a vintage home decor vignette


I love the way it looks with a metal house stacked on top of it.  It adds a little bit of height, distressing and personality to this vintage vignette!


How to make a DIY decorative book stack |  add a metal house to a distressed book stack to a vintage home decor vignette


I also made a book stack for the Music Themed Gift Basket I put together.  


Music Theme Gift Basket - music art, music candle, music paper, blue tooth speaker



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3 comments:

  1. These are so cute! I love the way you decorated them!

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  2. how charming... love the decor look
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