How to make stamped book stacks
I must confess I have had a little obsession lately.
An obsession with stamped book stacks.
I came across one on Pinterest one day and pinned it.
And in good Pinterest algorithm fashion, more and more handmade book stacks with stamped lettering showed up in my feed.
And I liked all of them.
So I decided to make one for myself. Turns out it is really easy to do a stamped book stack DIY. Let me take you through my process and you can see for yourself how easy it is.
A book stack starts with books, right? Right!
I had the perfect little stack of books in my stash. Four vintage German history encyclopedia, they were the perfect size, all natural vintage patina and practically ready to be stamped in an instant.
The books were already pretty much loose in their covers so it was very easy to free them. A little clipping of the extra bits of papers hanging loose was all that was needed to make them ready for stamping.
As I rummaged through my stash I realized that this wasn’t even going to be my first vintage book stash to be used in decorating my home. Except the last one, was just that, a stack of pretty books. And this time I wanted to give them a little extra pizzazz.
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I used a clear stamp pad and clear alphabet stamps to stamp my texts. Using a clear stamp pad makes it so much easier to postion your text just right. It also made it easier to follow to curve in the book back.
The beauty of using vintage books is that the lettering doesn’t need to be perfect. Little imperfections make it look all the more authentic.
I new immediately what my text would be. If you have seen my vision ‘board’ garland project you know that I have big plans and goals for this year. And surrounding myself with little reminders to go after the life I want, can only help.
A daily reminder to not live in the future but start living all my dreams today, is exactly the kind of decoration I love to have around me. I’ll put this one in my bedroom where I can see it first thing in the morning.
And in case you are wondering, that rose is a leftover of a project from the good old days. I still like it, maybe I’ll venture into making plaster roses the easy way again soon. With the right books a project like this is whipped up in a flash. I really like that.
I still have two books left. They are going to be a stamped book stack too. Just a little more elaborate and different, and probably if it turns out right a bit more feminine and modern too. You’ll have to come back for those because today I am fully enjoying my stamped vintage book stack DIY.
I guess this is my second ‘someday is today’ project of the year. Maybe I can make at least one every month. Now that would be a good challenge to set for myself. (the first project was my DIY scarf wreath project).
If you are interested in more upcycle projects than you must check out this collection my fellow bloggers put together in this months DIY makeover Challenge.
I hope you love my vintage stamped book stack DIY project and you will be back for my modern version too.