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  • Angela DiBetta

Book Stack Tutorial

Updated: Oct 23, 2019

I love these book stacks so much I decided to make a quick tutorial on them. We have so many transfers that work perfectly for them! Mix and match from different sets to create the stack that speaks to you!

Here's what you need:

2-3 Hardback books

Chalk paint and/or Acrylic paint

Sponge paint brush

Chalk Couture Transfers

Chalk Paste


Embellishments - Ribbon or hemp, pearl strings, silk flowers etc...

Let's get to it! - I went to a local thrift shop and bought 3 HARDBACK fiction novels. I know! You'd think I'd have a bunch of old books around the house but I donated them all a few months ago. That Konmari decluttering bit me in the butt! Not really, it needed to be done, but I did have to go buy a few books. I also bought some Chalk Paint and pulled out a sponge brush from my craft supples.

NOTE: When choosing books, pick books with a wide spine so you have enough room for the text.

  • I removed the paper covers from the books

  • Paint the front, back and spine of the books with the chalk paint. Let them dry and apply a 2nd coat if needed. I did 2 coats.

  • I didn't do this but should have - Paint the inside edges of the front and back covers just enough so that when the book is closed that little lip that shows is the same color as your book.

I got busy and didn't get back to my project for a couple days... (typical - LOL). I thought they looked a bit dull. I wasn't crazy about the color. I was wishing it was a little lighter so... I grabbed some white acrylic paint from my craft cabinet and put a squirt of it on a paper plate. I sprayed it with some water to thin it out and then I used that sponge paint brush and brushed some white on until they lightened up a bit. I thinned it down quite a bit so it gave them kind of a white washed look which is what I was going for. I was in a hurry for them to dry so I grabbed my heat gun and dried them real quick. You can let them air dry... I was just in a hurry to get on Facebook and do a Live for the next part. Here's what you'll need for the next step:

I've linked in the Facebook Live video which shows you how to do the chalking, put the books together and adding the embellishments. You can go make some popcorn if you want or gab a snack... Yes? No? Ok, here it is... And thank you FB for choosing such a perfect moment for the screenshot! 😂 (If you'd rather, you can watch it on FB and read/leave comments.)

That's it! Pretty easy! These make great gifts and are a great way to re-purpose books. And really, you aren't damaging the book, so you can still read it if you want to. Win win!

I hope you enjoyed this project. Let me know if you have any questions, I'm happy to help.

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Until the next project... happy crafting!