Pretty Projects No. 3: Tattered Vintage Book Stack

As I promised in my living room post here is a tutorial on how I created my Vintage Book Stack.

{Tattered Vintage Book Stack}

I took a quick shopping trip to Goodwill to find some old books......the older and more beat up the better :) I chose books similar in width and also looked for yellowing pages.....that will add to the vintage charm!

Remove book covers.....

You can peel back as much or as little of the binding as you'd like. The more you peel off the shabbier your books will look :)

This is the look I ended up with.....

Continue the same process with the other two books.

Next, you'll need to gather your supplies. I grabbed some stamps and a brown stamp pad I had on hand, some embellishments like the vintage bookplate and some lace and twine. Feel free to use what you currently have.

Using your stamps or whatever you've decided to use begin embellishing the spines of your books.

I used two different styles of lace to add dimension and vintage appeal to the books. I applied the lace with just a bit of hot glue....

Add your other embellishments with hot glue.

I flipped the top book over to the backside so I would have a blank page that I could use my larger vintage words stamp on and then I covered that with a thick burlap type ribbon that I had in my stash. Finally wrap your book stack like a gift with the twine.

And there you go....a gorgeous very vintage book stack to add to your decor, to use at a wedding or vintage party or shower, whatever you'd like! Hope you love it and as always make it a beautiful day!

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  1. Love these Brooke! Love how you removed enough spine to see the page edges and added the embellishments. I'll definitely be trying this with some old books soon and pinning them now!

    1. Thank you Jen! Oh and thanks for pinning too :)

  2. These are really pretty Brooke, I love old books, these are great :)

    xoxo, Tanya

  3. Stopping by from Nifty Thrifty! Oh my gosh, these are so pretty and vintage looking. Love how you added the lace, a very nice touch. I love the look of old books such charm and stirs memories of who had read them before us! I have pinned them so I won't forget where to find the tutorial when I want to make! I'd be tickled if you'd shared this over at Sunday's Best tonight! I know so many others would love to know how to make! I am now following you on Facebook!

    1. What a thoughtful comment! Thank you Cathy! Love your work too :)

  4. Came over from charmer. I love book stacks as basket fillers, tablescapes or for risers. Yours are very special - love the embellishments!

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  5. Just tickled you share your beautiful Tattered Vintage books with Sunday's Best! So love them - thanks for sharing your creative inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!

  6. very cute!!! Such darling and affordable decor!

  7. Wow this is such a pretty project. I can't believe it's just books with the covers taken off. Gorgeous! Thanks so much for linking this up to our weekend Wonders party.

  8. I'm so glad that I'm following you! What a brilliant idea. Thanks for the inspiration and for posting on the Not Just a Housewife link party!


    1. Thank you so much Katie :) Glad you found me!

  9. These books are so pretty. I have a link party on Wednesdays, and I would love it if you would link this and any other posts. It is called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party. It runs from Wednesday to Sundays.
    I hope to see you there. I am your newest follower, and I would love for your to follow me also. Have a great Day.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above

  10. I so love love love LOVE this idea!! I'm so doing it:D Pinning it and sharing on FB & Twitter!

  11. I am seeing these everywhere! they are so full of vintage charm...and the colour tones are right up my alley. I really should make a set of my own....I'll add it to my creative long list of things to do!
    Thanks for sharing your White Wednesday post...stop by to visit me anytime!

    ciao bella
    your newest follower
    Creative Carmelina

  12. Brooke... you are one crazy TALENTED lady!! WOW!!!! Truly beautiful!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer... From Dream To Reality!

  13. So cute! Found you at the link up party.

  14. This is so cute! What a fun idea. We appreciate you linking up to our Strut Your Stuff Saturday link party! Please come back again soon! -The Sisters

  15. These look so gorgeous!! I love your attention to detail :)

  16. Do you have the complete collection of Vintage Spoon? You can find it all here!

  17. I've always loved this look but am terrified to rip books apart! I really like how you went the extra distance and embellished them. Maybe I'll give it a try!

    Popped over from House of Hepworths!


  18. such a creative way to display books. I love old books too. I love it.

  19. I love this! Great tutorial. This is my first time here and I'm now following along!

  20. What a great idea! you are awesome! thanks for linking up!

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