DIY Dollar Tree Book Stack for Fall

10 Materials
15 Minutes

Create your very own DIY Dollar Tree Book Stack for Fall with one dollar hardcover books, some of my favorite DecoArt acrylic paint, and alphabet stamps from my stash. The perfect farmhouse-style Fall décor with a Southern message. You just need to be patient enough for the paint to dry!

Gather Supplies

Hardcover Books, Three – Dollar StoreSilk Flowers and Leaves Bunch – Dollar StoreRibbon, Buffalo Check – Dollar StoreAmericana Acrylic Paint by DecoArt – Titanium White, Bleached Sand, Slate GreyAlphabet Stamps – Upper and Lower CaseArchival Ink Pad, Black – Ranger InkMONOTWIN Permanent Marker, BlackPaintbrushScissors – I love my FiskarsWire Cutters

Paint The Books

Select books with black or dark covers. This will give the finished project more depth. Remove the paper dust covers and basecoat the canvas covers of the books with a mixture of Titanium White and Bleached Sand acrylic paint. Don’t over mix the colors and let this basecoat be rough, so the dark base is visible through the paint. Set aside to dry.

Paint Edges and Sides

Dry brush Slate Grey acrylic paint around the sides and edges of the base coated books, in places that wear and tear, would naturally occur. Set aside to dry. To dry brush, dip the bristles of the paintbrush in paint, pounce most of the paint off on a paper towel and brush paint on without using any water.

Stamp The Spines of the Books

Using both the upper- and lower-case alphabet stamps, select the message HAPPY FALL YALL. Place all three books spine up, tap each letter stamp in the ink pad, and stamp on the spine. Leave a bit more space between the Y and A in Y’ALL, so we can add the apostrophe in the next step. The irregularity of the stamped letters gives the project farmhouse charm. Use letter stickers or hand-letter your book stack message instead of alphabet stamps. Using an archival ink pad gives you a permanent and waterproof stamped image that will not smudge or bleed.

Add Apostrophe

Using the bullet tip of the MONOTWIN permanent black marker, add the apostrophe between the Y and A in Y’ALL. I love the MONOTWIN from Tombow because it has a larger bullet tip and a smaller fine tip, all in one marker! When I used the lower and upper case “L” in FALL, it ended up looking like FAIL, so I painted over the lower case “l” and re-stamped it.

Add Ribbon

Stack the three books together and wrap with buffalo check ribbon, securing at the top with a knot and leaving the tails long. Cut a decorative fishtail at the end of the ribbons with scissors.

Add Flowers and Leaves

To finish, snip off a section of a small silk flower bunch and two Fall leaves with wire cutters and tuck into the knot. Dollar Tree always has a nice selection of silk flowers, leaves, and berries.

Your Project is Complete!

I hope you will use my DIY Dollar Tree Book Stack project as a jumping-off point to showcase YOUR Fall decor. The perfect farmhouse style home décor with a sassy message. Change things up by stamping an Autumn message that speaks to you and embodies your home. Your family and friends will never know how quick and easy this trendy book stack was to create!

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