Painted book stack- how to make one the easy way!

Does anyone else love using books for décor?! And not just books straight from the bookstore…books that are taken up a notch in cuteness of course!

This painted book stack is so cute and I will show you how to make one the easy way so you can have a set for your own home!

When I do a book stack, I like to use books I’m not too attached to. I usually grab some at Dollar Tree or Goodwill. These for this project all 3 came from the Dollar Tree (I do prefer the look of hardback but you can use either for this).

Painted book stack DIY

Next I grabbed my go to Waverly chalk paint in white- I love this paint for crafting projects when want to use chalk type paint! I painted 3 good coats on all of the books. I even ended up going over the sides and painting the edges of the book pages, but you don’t have to do that step.

Painted book stack DIY
Painted book stack DIY

Once they were dry, I took 2 sheets of coordinating scrapbook paper and cut strips to fit directly on the spine of each book. Then I simply mod podged them on there! Easy peasy!

Painted book stack DIY

This next step isn’t mandatory, but I did decide to go ahead and add some hot glue in between each book to stick them together…just to keep them from moving around too much!

Painted book stack DIY

Next I took a neutral and white striped ribbon and attached it on the bottom of the books with hot glue. I then layered a gray and white polka dot ribbon on top of it and attached it underneath too!

Painted book stack DIY

Last but not least, I painted this little wood piece gray (wood piece is from hobby lobby) and I hot glued it to the top. I thought about adding more (like a bow, wood beads, etc) but honestly I loved this JUST AS IS! To me, it screams simple and timeless…it can be used any time of year in any place in your home!

Painted book stack DIY

What do you think of how these turned out?! They would look so cute on a bookshelf or on any piece of furniture used in a vignette with some other items! I love them and I hope you do too!

Painted book stack DIY

Until next time…


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  1. terri

    That turned out perfect Stacey, love the polka dot tie in to the ribbon. Perfection.

  2. Brenda

    Love it. The ribbon just finishes it. Perfect.

  3. Eula Vance

    I love it. It’s stunning!! Thank you for sharing your your talents. Tell Tyler Happy Birthday!

  4. Joyce walker

    It turned out real neat

  5. Teresa Kidd

    It turned out looking very elegant. I like it. Great look!

  6. Cheryl

    Turned out so cute. Agree, nothing else needed.

  7. Debbie

    I love this so much!!!! I am looking through my books now!!!!

  8. Maryse Malone

    I love it. Follow you when I can. My forte is pressed flowers but I appreciate talent when I see it.

  9. Sandy

    Love how they turned out!

  10. Gwendolyn Pitts

    Love everything you do.

  11. Susan

    This turned out beautiful the ribbon, decal, scrapbook paper, book sizes, BRAVO!

  12. robin max

    Beautiful. Love it

  13. Connie Goldie

    Love it!!!❤️

  14. Lovelia Zenor

    Love the book stack, cannot wait to make one.
    Thank you

  15. Darlene Saylor

    It turned out beautiful!! You can take nothing and turn it into something Lol have a great day.