Create cute DIY Farmhouse Style Stamped Books for any holiday or occasion with this easy tutorial! With just a few simple supplies you’ll be on your way to creating these books! Once you start, you won’t be able to stop! They’re so much fun to make, and make great gifties too!
What you need
- Paperback books (I like getting them at Dollar Tree)
- Stamps (These stamps from Amazon make stamping so much easier!) (affiliate link)
- Stampabilities Ink Pad (Hobby Lobby)
- FolkArt Cottage White chalk paint (Hobby Lobby)
- Ribbon (ribbon used in this video is from Hobby Lobby)
- Sand paper
In this video I’ll show you how I make these and also show you other stamps available but why the stamps I use make it so much easier. These stamps are great for many other projects too!
Making stamped books is pretty simple. You just need to have some paperback books. Hardcover books work too, I just prefer the paperback books.
You can purchase books at a thrift store, but I like to get them at Dollar Tree so I can get sets of 3 books that are a similar size.
Once you have your books, order the stamps I love, get an ink pad, some cottage white paint for touch ups, sand paper, and ribbon, and you’ll be on your way to stamping books!
Start by removing the paper cover, including the paper binding and back cover of each book.
Use sand paper if needed to smooth out the paper if needed.
Paint the top of the book if desired with FolkArt Cottage White Chalk paint. Give it a light coat. The paper may wrinkle a bit, but once you are done painting it, use a hair dryer to dry it, and then set another book or two on top and press down to smooth out the top.
Now you’re books are ready to go. Come up with your words you want to stamp. For my books I used bless our home and hello spring for another set. There are so many options, especially for the holidays. I might need to create another post just with ideas for the books!
The key to stamping the books is to make sure you press firmly then and gently rock the stamp up and down, top to bottom so the entire letter is stamped so letters don’t get cut off.
Easy to fix mistakes
If you make a mistake no worries! Trust me, I’ve made plenty! Just let the ink dry. You can use a hair dryer to speed up this process. Then lightly sand the words. Add a light coat of FolkArt Cottage White paint, and use a hair dryer to dry it. You may need to apply a second coat of paint.
Then just repeat your stamping. Once you get the hang of it, it’s super easy!
Once your books are stamped, dry it with a hair dryer to make sure the ink is dry. Nothing like getting excited that the books are done, only to smudge them when you pick them up! Trust me, I’ve learned the hard way!
Now just use some ribbon or twine to tie them in a bundle and display anywhere in your home, or to give as a personalized gift!