My DIY Valentine: A Pretty and Romantic Book Stack

How to make those pretty white book stacks

… but with a Romantic twist. Plus more DIY home decor from my friends!

Beads available on Etsy Shop TheHomeEnvy

Beads available on Etsy Shop TheHomeEnvy

Today I am joining up with a group of blogger friends to share some cute Valentine-themed DIYs for your home. I am so thankful to be among these talented women and I hope you will go check out their amazing DIY projects. I’ll introduce them at the end of this post so you can see their cute projects plus get to know them better. They are also on Instagram and have beautiful feeds. Each one is an inspiration for me. I think you will love to stick around and watch their feed for inspiration beyond this post.

I’m sure you have seen these cute white book stacks all over Instagram and Etsy. I’ve seen them with cute sayings, Christmas-themed and with names of family members. I also think that they are pretty when they are plain white and wrapped up with twine. Today I’m going to show you how to give them with a romantic twist. I think they are suitable for Valentine’s Day, but you could take this into any other holiday as well as year round.


what you need


  • Paperback books, with covers and spine torn off. (If any print remains on spine, a little rub with sandpaper will take it off.)

  • Sheet music (original or copied)

  • Adhesive (tape runner, double sided tape or glue)

  • Letter stamps and ink pad (or marker to free hand)

  • Distressing ink pad

  • Sandpaper

  • Scissors

  • Ribbon or twine

  • Faux greenery or flowers

Supplies

Supplies

Books, sheet music, faux flowers

Books, sheet music, faux flowers


what you do


  1. Lay sheet music over book and crease to imprint book size.

  2. Cut sheet music to size.

  3. Affix double sided tape or adhesive to book on top along spine (running down left, you can cover entire page if you desire).

  4. Press sheet music onto book.

  5. With distressed ink pad, distress paper to add color.

  6. With sandpaper, rough up edges of sheet music on all sides.

  7. With stamp set or pens, stamp or write a word on each book. It’s alright if the stamped letters don’t come out perfect, it’s part of the worn look.

  8. Stack books and tie ribbon or twine around the stack.

  9. Tuck in greenery or flowers under ribbon or twine.

Crease sheet music over book to give measurements to cut

Crease sheet music over book to give measurements to cut

Distress sheet music to make it look vintage

Distress sheet music to make it look vintage

Stamp some romantic words on spine

Stamp some romantic words on spine

That’s it! If you don’t have any paperback books, I found mine at goodwill for 50 cents a piece. This is a very inexpensive project because most of the items you may already have on hand. Sheet music can be printed online and once you distress it, you won’t know the difference from original sheet music.

Finished with lace ribbon

Finished with lace ribbon

Finished with velvet ribbon

Finished with velvet ribbon

 I hope this inspire you to put a little romantic touch into your décor. I’m now going to introduce you to my friends and their projects. Please go give them some love.

Heart Garland

Cate of West Magnolia Charm (Instagram: @west_magnolia_charm, Blog westmagnoliacharm.com) made a cute heart garland. How cute is this, especially for those who love neutrals? I think I need to run to Michael’s and get the supplies! Cate’s style is so pretty and romantic, and she shares my love for vintage. She has awesome blog topics too so she’s definitely one to watch regularly!

valentine Map

Dani of The Taborhood (Instagram: @thetaborhoid, Blog: thetaborhood.com) has made the most beautiful and sentimental DIY. Her project is a framed map that denotes a special place with a heart. I can’t wait to read more about how to make it. And wouldn’t this make a cute gift, even for a shower or wedding? Dani has such great ideas and I love her style. She’s the mom of three boys and I love hearing about the things she does with them. She’s new to blogging this past year and I think she is doing an outstanding job.

textured heart banner

Robyn of Robyn’s Reverie (Instagram: @robynsreverie, Blog: robynsreverie.blogspot.com) made this beautiful textured heart banner. I love the look of it and how its draped over that fabulous chalkboard. It has such a European vintage look. Robyn is a dear friend, and we share a love of home decor styles. We host the weekly hashtag feather myRHStyle and I think anything she does is perfect. She inspires me with her craftiness and her furniture rehab. Go check out her highlights on Instagram and you will see what I mean. She is starting up her blog again after taking a break and I can’t wait to see what she writes about.

Sweet and Simple Rustic Wreath

Kayleigh of The Rusty Barn Blog (Instagram: @rustybarnblog, Blog: www.rustybarnblog.com) made this beautiful wreath. This wreath is so pretty and romantic and perfect for Valentine’s Day, but I could see leaving up through Spring and Summer. I need to go pick up supplies to make this, as I need something like this on my door versus the pine needles I have going on right now. Kayleigh is a new friend and I’m so happy to get to know her. Her instagram feed is so pretty and fun, and I’m so glad she joined us today because I love watching what she is up to and creating!