Grab some old books from a thrift store (or books you don’t need anymore), a set of stamps and some ink to make your own DIY stamped book stack!
Hello friends! I’m back today with another project for the monthly Thrift Store Challenge! I’d actually call this one a ‘reverse
- Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
- There’s no monthly theme.
- There’s no budget to stick to.
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This DIY Stamped Book Stack is SUPER simple to make (it took me longer to find the twine in my craft stash than it did for the entire project) and can be completely customized for your home! I’ve seen people do anniversary dates, the names of everyone in the house (including the pets!),
DIY Stamped Book Stack: Supplies Needed
- Old books – can be thrifted, or just from your shelves that you don’t need anymore! You can use as many as you’d like.
- Stamps – I used an old set I had from Michaels
- Ink in color of your choice
- Twine (optional)
Start by finding your books – you can use as many as you want, in any size that you want! I chose three that were all similar in size for a more unified look.
These books weren’t in great shape anyways, so I didn’t feel too bad ripping the covers off.
You can also rip a few of the first pages out, to get an empty page for the top if you prefer. With this book, the back cover actually peeled away from the paper into two pieces so I just used that for the top of the stack. What’s on the pages between the stacks doesn’t matter, because you won’t ever see them!
Now the fun part – picking what you want it to say! For my DIY stamped book stack, I chose three simple words that are very near and dear to my heart: Lets Stay Home.
We’re homebodies in every sense, so this fits us perfectly! I got all my stamps out, and somehow have lost the lowercase ‘e’ so had to improvise. I was big into scrapbooking & Project Life a few years ago, so I still have all of my supplies – I’d love to get back into it, so I keep them around for ‘one day’. If you don’t already have a stamp set on hand, you can find many cheap ones on Amazon or at your local craft store (maybe even the dollar store!).
I used this ink pad because it was the first one I found in my stash, but you can get regular black ink pads at the craft or dollar store. Then, start stamping!
It’s not always the easiest to line up the stamps, or to even get a crisp impression on the spine of a book – but that’s what makes these DIY Stamped Book Stacks so charming! They are not perfect by any means, which I love.
I used navy blue ink for mine, to go more with our decor. I don’t love the double T stamp (I tried to re-do it since it wasn’t clear) but again – we’re not going for perfection! You can see I was much more diligent about wiping off the edges of the stamps for the first two words than for ‘home’ 😉
If you don’t have stamps on hand, you could free-hand these, or print out some words at home and trace them on. There are so many ways to make these DIY stamped book stacks your own, which is why I love them so much! I’ve considered emptying the rest of the to-donate box of books to make a hundred more of these (seriously, we have a LOT of books!!) with all different sayings.
This next part is optional, but to keep my books together I wrapped some jute twine (picked up at the dollar store) around them a few times, and tied it in a bow on the top.
And voila! Your very own DIY stamped book stack, in less than ten minutes 🙂
If you were to make one – what would you write on it?
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