Farmhouse Stacked Books

Farmhouse Stacked Books

Make Your Own Farmhouse Stacked Books

I jumped on the Farmhouse Stacked Books bandwagon! I just love how they look! We have a billion kids, and my soon-to-be grandson, Ryder, is due in a few weeks! I am so excited! So I had to add one for him, too!

They turned out adorable and are super easy to make!

The ones that I have seen online are usually all the same size. But, because I needed to stack seven of them, I thought I’d try doing them in sizes that range from big to small.

I had most of the books sitting on my bookshelves already. But, I did purchase the two smallest ones at the Dollar Tree for this project. One of them is actually a little journal. It was the size I was looking for, and it was going to be painted anyway.

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  • Books
  • Waverly Chalk Paint (Wal-Mart)
  • Permanent Vinyl, Black
  • Jute or Twine


  • Paint Brushes
  • Sanding Block
  • Scissors
  • Cricut (or you can scissors)


Step 1

Collect your books and clean them with a damp cloth.

pile of books and chalk paint

Step 2

Lay your books out and paint with Chalk Paint.

After you’re done painting the book covers, you can shabby them up by sanding the edges a little.

Books laid out

Step 3

Measure the spines and cut out each name or word with your Cricut. You can also use a stamp or pre-cut letters.

cricut mat

Step 4

After cutting the names out with my Cricut, I  weeded out the extra vinyl.

Names cut with cricut

Step 5

I used a piece of transfer tape on each name and applied it to each book’s spine.

Transfer Tape

Step 6

I used my scraper tool and rubbed all of the letters onto the books.

Using transfer tape

Step 7

I felt like the letters were too glossy for the shabby books.

farmhouse stacked books

Step 8

So, I used a small makeup brush that I keep in my paint supplies and dabbed on a little of the chalk paint over the letters.

paint on letters on book

Step 9

Next, I took a dry paper towel and wiped some of the paint off. It worked like a charm!

wipe some paint off

Step 10

Let the paint dry. This chalk paint only needs a few minutes to dry.

books drying

Step 11

Wrap in jute. (Twine) Then, tie a bow on the top.

I put little knots at the ends of the string and then frayed them.

Farmhouse books wrapped in twine
Stacked Farmhouse Books with Pumpkin


I thought it would be fun to use this old typewriter font on the books. 

But, after I applied the names and stacked them all up, I didn’t like how it looked.

So, I had to use my weeding tool to take all the letters off and try again.

And…I painted them so quickly that I got paint all over the edges of the pages. I let it dry and used sandpaper to get it off. :/ Phew!

And, And… one of the books was red when I started and it took at least 5-6 coats to cover it because it kept bleeding. I think it still has a hint of pink. If you’re trying to figure out which one it is, it’s the one that says “robert”.


typewriter font

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