DIY farmhouse Dollar Tree bookstack + FREE SVG
How to make your own DIY farmhouse book stack using books from the Dollar Tree
Farmhouse book stacks are such an easy craft to DIY especially if you are just starting out in the crafting world. This is one of those craft projects you can do in less than 30 minutes start to finish. You don’t even have to wait for paint to dry. Don’t get me wrong I LOVE painting but it is so nice to do projects once in a while that have almost that instant satisfaction like this one does.
There are many different variations of ways to making these book stacks too. I chose to make the most simple stack out there but you can also paint them, you can make them out of wood instead of using real books, you can stamp them, or like in this craft tutorial you can use vinyl decals. No matter what rustic farmhouse book stack you choose to make it is sure to turn out gorgeous!
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how to make your own book stack using Dollar Tree books & your Cricut cutting machine
Here’s what you need
3 paperback books (I got mine from the Dollar Tree)
matte black vinyl (here’s the vinyl I recommend)
xacto knife, sewing pin, or picker to weed vinyl
1. CUT OUT DECALS
You can get the SVG I used to make my book stack in my free resource library. In Cricut Design Space I adjusted the height of the words so that they would fit on the spine of the books. Also want to note that I left my words on lock mode so that the width adjusted with the height if that makes sense. My book spines measured around .75” with the covers on so I made my decals .69”. That size seemed to be perfect for my book stack.
I cut my words out on black matte finish vinyl using my Cricut cutting machine and green cutting mat. Then I weeded my design using an exacto knife.
2. REMOVE THE OUTER COVER & PAGES
This is super easy! to get that rustic look of your books you just need to remove the cover, the shiny spine of the book, and the first few pages. They will rip right off. Something I also did was rip out a few extra pages so that I can use them to make some Easter bunny garland out of them. You want to do this with all three books.
This is what my stack looked like after I removed the covers. There is still paper and it’s not completely smooth but that was the look I was going for. I could have kept peeling or taken a sanding sponge to it but I like this look.
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3. APPLY THE DECALS
When you get to this step be sure you take your time. This word decal has super skinny lines so it’s easy to mess up especially if you’re moving too quickly. I actually messed mine up a little and lost the dot to my “i”. I ended up having to recut just the dot but if I was more focused I wouldn’t have lost that tiny guy. A little behind the scenes while I was making this book stack…I had 5 kids, 15 baby chicks, 4 baby ducks, 2 dogs, and a cat all in my craft room while making these lol! We most definitely have that beautiful chaos going on 24/7 in our home. We had just picked up our new feathered babies the day before so their temporary home while they grow is in bins with heat lamps over them on my craft table.
I used my favorite clear transfer tape to transfer the decals on the spines of my books. I didn’t measure or get super exact with this. I just eyeballed it and that worked great. I used my trusty blue vinyl squeegee to help press my decals down so that they were good and adhered to the sides of the books.
Then I slowly removed the transfer tape. Be sure to go super slow on this step.
Stack your farmhouse books in order then take some twine and wrap it around your books. I chose to tie a bow on the spine side but you can also do this on the top. I did glue some lambs ear and flowers to the top of mine but I didn’t like it at all. So I removed those. They came off pretty easy because I glued them to the twine and not the page itself.
Look at that before and after. So pretty!!!
That’s it! Such and EASY rustic home décor DIY project! I hope you enjoyed this crafty tutorial. If you have any questions about this craft or any other projects on my blog comment below or message me in the about section.
Farmhouse Dollar Tree bookstack + FREE SVG
- 3 paperback books (I got mine from the Dollar Tree)
- jute or twine
- matte black vinyl (here’s the vinyl I recommend)
- transfer tape
- FREE ‘it’s good to be home’ SVG
- CUT OUT DECALS
- REMOVE THE OUTER COVER & PAGES
- APPLY THE DECALS