I’ve seen lots of book stacks made either from old books or scrap wood. This has been on my to do list for a while and I’m pleased to share with you how easy it is to make a patriotic scrap wood book stack.
Do you like budget friendly seasonal decor? Of course we all do! For the cost of a little paint and ribbon, you can make a festive decor piece for the 4th of July.
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This book stack took only minutes to make after the paint was dry. I used chalk paint for quick drying time.
Red, White, and Blue DIY Wood Book Stack
Georges often has scrap wood pieces after he’s done some home project at his and Gloria’s place. He’s given me a lot of it so I had several pieces to choose from when I was looking for the right size pieces for my book stack. Using chalk paint means that it won’t take the blocks long to dry and you can quickly move on to decorating them.
None of the pieces were all the same length, so I decided instead of making a book stack that has each book on top of the other, horizontally, I would make mine with the books standing upright.
I had two spools of grosgrain ribbon in my craft stash that I liked for this project. I cut ribbon strips to wrap around each block and hot glued the ribbon in place.
Since these are standing upright I thought the front book needed something on its cover. Looking through my scraps of vinyl, I found some star cutouts that I had saved.
To continue to decorate the book stack, I began by wrapping twine around the three books. Starting on the back side, a little hot glue is added.
I continued wrapping the twine until I liked the look. I used three wraps. I also decided to use a small piece of medium grit sand paper to rough up the edges of the blocks. This should be done before adding the ribbon, but you know how ideas don’t always come in the right sequence, right?
Next, a piece of decorative patriotic ribbon was glued around the stack, just beneath the twine.
The finishing touch was adding a wood star and a twine bow. These are hot glued to the twine and ribbon.
Including the drying time for the paint, these were made in less than 30 minutes. Since I had everything on hand that I needed to make them, I didn’t need to spend any money. That’s always a win when making seasonal decor pieces.
For such a simple DIY project, this turned out to be one of my favorite patriotic crafts. Sometimes, we just need to look at what we have on hand and get creative with how we used the items.
When I decided to create a patriotic book stack I thought mine would look like the ones I’ve seen on Pinterest with the books being stacked on top of each other. After I realized I didn’t have the right sized blocks for that look, instead of deciding to forget about the project, I improvised and I’m very pleased with the look.
I’d love to know what you think of a book stack being made this way instead of the usual way.
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Patriotic Scrap Wood Book Stack
Supply List for Scrap Wood Book Stack
- Scrap Wood Rectangles
- White Chalk Paint and Brush
- Self Adhesive Star Pattern
- Sand Paper
- Hot Glue
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