Books, books and more books! Seems like there are always books around at my house. Most of mine have already been read more than once and are in a pile to be donated. Recently, I shared a 5 minute project to create colorful book decor! Hand-stamping has been the latest craze in decorating books to use in decor, so I thought I’d give it a try! It was actually a very fun and easy DIY! I decided to add my own twist with jute twine and bling tassels; follow along to see how I did it…
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- Old Paperbacks (I chose odd numbers)
- Alphabet Stamps (lowercase)
- Stamping Pad with gridlines
- Acid-free Ink Pad (black)
- Jute Twine
- Bling Trim
This was by far one of my personal most fun and easy, DIY projects! In fact, the hardest part was choosing a saying. I will definitely be doing more of these to put in the online store.
Step By Step Instructions
1. Pick your favorite saying or decide if you’d like to use names, etc.
2. Choose the appropriate number of books to correspond to your saying or names. I like to stick to odd numbers of books to keep in line with design basics.
3. Tear off the paperback covers, tearing as much of the spine part as possible but leave a bit behind for a more vintage effect.
4. Lay out your first word on the stamping block in reverse order. This way your word will appear correctly once you stamp it.
5. Dab the word part of the stamp on the black ink pad while trying your best not to get it all over the stamp block itself.
6. Practice stamping on a plain sheet of paper if you want to make sure that your final stamping will look like you desire it to.
7. Stamp your book in a ‘rocking’ motion being careful to start at the bottom part of the spine.
8. Tie your books together with some simple ribbon or twine and finish with some bling tassels if you like!
You can also follow along with my facebook live video here in case you missed it.
I cannot tell you the number of people who noticed that one of my paperbacks of choice was a Bible. YES! I did a project with my Bible! It was a $5.00 paperback Bible that I bought many, many years back and it had been very “well-loved“. Regardless, I simply removed the stained cover and it is totally still readable and usable and I love it now even more!
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>>>Leave your thoughts below in the comments please… BTW— Life is short—Enjoy the mess! I hope you out this hand-stamped book project for yourself, it’s fun to upcycle old books and they can really add interest to any room! It reminds me of another great project where I upcycled rustic buffalo check cross with bling here. **P.S. Please join us over on our Facebook Page to see more fun projects “Live”.