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Stamped Book Stacks for Christmas

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Easy to create as decor or gifts – Stamped Book Stacks for Christmas

Welcome to this month’s installment of Thrifty Style Team.This is the place where we get together with our talented and creative blogger friends every month. We each makeover, repurpose or transform something from our homes or thrift stores. This month you are in for a treat, as we each share thrifty Christmas ideas! A giant thank you to our friend Julie of Redhead Can Decorate for this great hop.We are sharing our Stamped Book Stacks for Christmas. Let’s get started!

Start With A Paperback

To be clear, no precious books were harmed for this post. The paperback books that I used were actually .10¢ each from a thrift store. These same books were two days away from an incinerator…truly. Therefore, I had no problem with saving them from a fiery fate and repurposing them into pretty Christmas decor!



Each book stack should have three paperback books of the same size.

Carefully tear away the front and back covers of the book. Tear away pages with a lot of writing. It’s best to have a blank page on top or a page with very little printing. 

Think of your favorite Christmas phrase.

Suggested Ideas

  • It’s a Wonderful Life
  • Joy to the World
  • O Christmas Tree
  • Merry and Bright
  • Let it Snow
  • Baby it’s Cold Outside
  • Believe in Miracles
  • Merry Christmas Baby
  • Peace Love Joy

Clear stamps are hard plastic discs that letters can be added to.

Letter clear stamps in uppercase and lowercase. They feel jelly-like and are easily added to the stamp.

A simple black ink stamp.

Twine or ribbon of your choosing. I personally prefer twine as it adds a bit of vintage charm.

When you add lettering to the stamp, it is in reverse print – so it looks backwards. Just remember to add letters right to left.

Carefully dip the stamp onto the ink pad.

Line up your stamp to the spine of the book and press. The ink dries very quickly.

Don’t worry if you get ink onto the stamp. It cleans up easily with rubbing alcohol and swabs.

Cute, right?

Next, take the twine and wrap it around your book several times.

Tie it off on the top with a simple knot and bow.

If you read our post yesterday, you saw our beautiful Vintage Christmas Postcard Tags with Free Printable. I used these to embellish the tops of my bookstacks.

I particularly love vintage Santas.

A sweet miniature bottlebrush tree adorns the top of this stack with another printable postcard.

It’s a Wonderful Life is our favorite Christmastime movie. We watch it every Christmas Eve.

These Stamped Book Stacks for Christmas would be perfect gifts for family, friends and neighbors!

In years past I’ve done other vintage postcard projects.Vintage Postcard ArtDIY Vintage Christmas Postcard Poinsettia,  DIY Christmas Gift Tag

Don’t forget to Pin this to your favorite Pinterest Board!

Now lets see what our Thrifty Style Team members have created!

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Lora B Create & Ponder – DIY Repurposed Candlesticks with Sheet Metal Shades
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  1. I love a cute book stack and your Christmas ones are so merry! Great tip with the alcohol!

  2. I love this idea and it can be used for decor in any season by changing what you stamp on the book spines. Another reason that I love it is that you saved a few books from the incinerator and created something lovely with them. Topping them with a copy of one of your antique postcards is the icing on the cake for this project!

  3. Love this cute project! And the vintage reproduction tags are adorable!

  4. These are so easy to make and would be a great height-addition for Christmas decorating! I’ve never used stamps like that where you put the letters on a separate block; very interesting. Pinned:)

  5. These are just the sweetest! They’d be perfect for my built-ins. Such a fun, and pretty idea!
    xoxo, kristi

  6. I’m in love with this project! It turns out so pretty and there are so many ideas to do! I’m so inspired!

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