Day 1 of the 12 Crafts of Christmas Series is started off with this sweet set of Christmas Stacked Books.
If you’re a fellow book lover I highly recommend decorating with them. Stacked books add interest to a room and can be used in so many ways. Stack them vertically or horizontally. Make a small stack of three or a large stack. Or you can use them to add height to decorative pieces.
I love to display them on coffee and end tables. This summer I did a tutorial for diy stacked books with my Home Sweet Home books that I made for my living room. I’ve received so many compliments on it, and it was super easy (and cheap!) to make.
Now you can make your own stacked books with a Christmas twist and swap them out for the season! Or personalize them as a fun and thoughtful gift.
Christmas Stacked Books Supplies
3+ Hardcover Books
Paint to match the hardcover under the dustcover
Christmas Touches: evergreen pick and golden ball picks
Hot Glue Gun
Where to Shop
I picked up a lot of my supplies for these Christmas stacked books at the Dollar Tree and Dollarama to keep costs down. If you don’t have hardcover books at home that you want to sacrifice for this craft then pick some up at your dollar store. They usually have an abundance of $1 books. Check under the dust cover for your fav hardcovers, and grab multiple copies of the same book. No one gave me weird looks when I stocked up, promise.
Since I already had a stamp set on hand from my scrapbooking days, I opted to use what I had. If you don’t have stamps you can use letter stickers, handwrite with a fine paintbrush, or use a sharpie.
The first step is to take the dust covers off the books.
Next, you will need to paint the spine to hide the original title. Use paint to match the hardcover color, or else you can paint the entire cover. You should only need to paint the cover of the top book since the covers of the other two will be hidden. This may require a few coats.
After the paint’s dried, use an opposite color to stamp your Christmas saying onto the spine. You want the words to stand out. For this, I did Joy To The World, but there are so many options. Merry and Bright, Oh Christmas Tree, A Child Is Born, Oh Holy Night, Cookies Cocoa Carols, etc. Measure where on the books you want your words placed so that they’re even on all books. Make sure to give these lots of time to dry so you don’t smudge them, like me.
Once the words are dried, stack your books in order and tied them up with twine or ribbons. Give it a nice knot or bow. The knot will be covered by the Christmas touches.
Cut off sprigs of evergreen and tuck them into your twine or ribbon. Play around with them on your cover for a bit until you get a look you like. Then add a dollop of hot glue to keep them in place.
Use a similar creative method for your Christmas balls. You can either trim the metal pick off or if yours are soft enough curl the pick around to form a base underneath the ball. Once you know where you want the balls to go, add hot glue to your pick base, and set them in place on the evergreen needles.
Step back and admire your Christmas Stacked Books! Nicely done.
Once you have all of your supplies and are ready to go, this is a simple and quick project. Turn on a Christmas movie and be prepared to craft for the evening and you should get your Christma books done. I don’t worry about glue the actual books together and the twine holds them together really well. So who are you going to gift this too?
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