Scroll through Instagram, browse Etsy, or spend time on Pinterest...you're sure to come across stamped book stacks on shelves and coffee tables. These book stacks are famous for the quotes and family names displayed on the spine and their ability to quickly personalize the home. Usually, the stack is made up of three books, but sometimes it has up to five. I have been wanting this for MONTHS and am so excited to finally have one in my home! If you decide to make this book stack, be sure to tag @hygge_bug on Instagram so I can see your fabulous work!
Difficulty Level: Easy
Project Time: 30 minutes (not including drying time)
3 books. For reference, I'm using books measuring 8 x 6 1/4 x 3/4 inch. I bought three of the same book for $1 each at a discount store. You can also use old books that you do not need anymore. Just make sure that the books are roughly the same size and that the spine is at least 3/4 inch thick so that stamps fit.
3 pieces of white cardstock paper
Wooden beads (optional)
1. Cut cardstock to fit the top and bottom edges of the book so that there is no overhang.
2. Fold cardstock around the book to get an idea of where the spine of book hits the cardstock. Mark off this area lightly in pencil to guide you as you stamp the paper.
3. Think about what you want to stamp. Some common quotes used on book stacks are "love you more", "live laugh love", "bless this home", and "home sweet home". Other book stacks really personalize and list children's or pet's names. Pick something that you want to see every day.
4. Stamp the area of the cardstock that will cover the spine. When stamping, press straight down, and try to avoid wriggling the stamp. If you do not press hard enough, you can go back with a blank ink pen and fill in the gaps. Make sure to wet the stamp with ink for each stamp you make or you'll end up with some bold and some faded letters. This project can take a little trial and error, especially with stamping, so have some extra cardstock on hand.
5. Allow the stamped cardstock to dry ~15 minutes.
6. Bend the cardstock along the edges of what will be the spine, and create a fold at the top that will go under the front cover of the book. Make sure all of the creases are firmly pressed...it will look really nice once it's covering the book!
7. Cover the inside of your cardstock book cover with glue and set onto the book, allowing it to sit until dry (~1 hour). I like to plop a few heavy books on top to make sure that the covers dry tightly onto the books.
8. Erase any pencil marks made earlier.
9. Wrap twine around your book stack 4-5 times, tying off in a bow at the top. For a little extra bling, add a few beads to the bow ends. Done!
I have to say that I am pretty happy with how this book stack turned out! I've wanted a book stack for some time and am excited to finally have one. Let me know what you think in the comments below, and thanks so much for reading the Hygge Bug blog!