I adore fast and easy it is to make this Christmas farmhouse gnome book stack. It’s a perfect addition to my farmhouse decor in the house–and goes particularly well with my farmhouse Christmas tree!
FARMHOUSE GNOME BOOK STACK
Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we are all about the farmhouse gnome decor for Christmas. There’s just so many fun things you can do with the farmhouse style and I just can’t get over how easy it is to make my house feel like a home with little gnomes. One of my favorite crafts I’ve done lately is this adorable farmhouse gnome book stack.
Not only is it really easy, but the farmhouse book stack is easily the best way to repurpose books you can find. I mean, no cutting, no real messing around–just whip out this fun home decor craft and you’re ready to go. I love crafts like that. If you’re ready to make a farmhouse gnome book stack for yourself, let’s get started.
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Tips to Make a Gnome Christmas Book stack
- If you want to make these for commercial purposes, you can get this cute font here.
- Make sure you let the paint dry completely before you try to put on your lettering or do the painting for the gnome, or even glue together the books.
- Don’t forget, if you’re going to use heat transfer vinyl, be sure to mirror the image in Cricut Design Space or Silhouette Studio. I have wasted so much vinyl that way…don’t be like me.
- You can get hardcover books at the dollar store or thrift stores. But I’m all about repurposing things I already have. So I grabbed some books that I had duplicates of (I know, but sometimes it happens that I buy one and then the kiddo gets the same thing for a gift–go figure) to make my farmhouse book stack.
How Do I Make this Farmhouse Gnome Book Stack?
I’m so glad you asked. Below is our written tutorial.
- Remove the dust jacket from the books and toss.
- Apply a coat of white paint to the entire book jacket, including the edges and ½” inside, allow to dry.
- Add a second or third coat of paint until your books have a nice solid coverage, dry completely
- Stack your books, secure with a little hot glue between each layer to keep them in place.
- Wrap ribbon around one end of the bookstack, overlap 2” and secure with hot glue on the underside.
- Next to the ribbon use a pencil to sketch out a simple gnome shape-hat, beard,body.
- Fill in pencil lines with paint, outline with black if desired.
- I used the Bondi font from dafont.com, download and install it into your computer, open it in Cricut Design Space. I wanted mine to be as large as possible so the lettering would be easy to read so I measured and made it the same height as my book spines.
- Cut and peel back the excess vinyl from your lettering, use the Cricut hook tool to remove the space out of letters like o and a.
- Rub transfer paper over the letters until they all stick to it and press in place over the books, you can use the scraper tool or the edge of a credit card if you don’t have one to press them down. Remove transfer paper.
- If you don’t have a Cricut you can still get a similar look by using scrapbook stickers to create your lettering instead.
- Finally, add a little greenery, berries etc to the ribbon to finish off your project.
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