Patriotic Book Stack for the 4th of July

This patriotic book stack idea is the perfect dollar store craft! Show your Independence Day pride and add this homemade decor to your mantle or shelf.

I’ll show you a couple of different Dollar Tree supplies to make this different sizes to fit bookcases, tiered trays, or console displays. This is just a quintessential farmhouse decoration and you do NOT need a cutting machine at all.

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Make this patriotic book stack in under 30 minutes using dollar store finds.

Make this July 4th Wreath as a way to add a fun red, white, and blue look to your front porch.

Farmhouse Patriotic Book Stack

Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, I lean towards easy decorating and re-decorating during the summer months. It’s beautiful here and I want to be outside by the pool, not shifting boxes of decorations around in my attic.

When I get the gusto to make something during this time, it needs to be quick and this summer craft definitely fits that description. Head to the Dollar Tree and gather up all of the supplies for this 4th of July book stack. For less than a package of fireworks, you can make this fun rustic DIY to use again each year.

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This simple farmhouse book stack for the 4th of July is a quick craft to bring a pop of color in for the holiday.

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Year-Round Book Stack Ideas for Decor

Since these easy pieces became popular years ago, I’ve shared a ton of inspiration for you to create your own. If you’re at the store and have your paints out, you could make up a few of them for an afternoon crafting session and have them for the entire year.

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Gather up supplies from the dollar store and your craft stash to get started.

Where to Display a Fourth of July Book Stack

  • The size and shape make it perfect to fit on a mantle, shelf, or coffee table. It looks great from both sides when it’s painted, so you don’t have to put it up against a wall.
  • If you’re entertaining for Independence Day, add this as as small decoration to a dessert table.
  • Entertaining outside? Pop this onto the self-serve table along with some mason jars filled with flatware and napkins. This is small enough to still have room for all the food and condiments.

RELATED READING: How to Make a Rustic Wood Round Tiered Tray

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Use stamps, a cutting machine, or paint or write the wording in for this fun July 4th decor idea.

How to Make This Dollar Tree 4th of July Craft

Below is the written and printable tutorial for this “less than 30 minute craft.” If you have any questions, use the comments below or join me in the Facebook group here. It’s a great bunch of crafters who are kind and helpful (and we’d really love to see your creations)!

This book stack is a little larger than one made for a tiered tray set or display. If a wood book stack is what you need, use the closed-sided wood crates from the Dollar Tree. Sand them first and then paint, stamp, and decorate it the same way.

4th of July Book Stack

Square image showing the detail on the red, white, and blue book stack for July 4th decorations including red, blue and natural twine, paint, and stamps.

Make this farmhouse inspired patriotic book stack using a few items from the dollar store, some paint, and twine. Create easy and elegant Independence Day decor with this easy July 4th craft idea.

Active Time 25 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $7


  • 3 Hardcover Books
  • Natural, Red, and Blue Jute Twine
  • Paint: White, Ivory, Light Grey, Red, and Blue
  • Stamps (optional)


  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Black Ink Pad, optional


  1. Remove book covers and paint with a mixture of ivory and white paint. Don't over-mix, as you want the coating of the paint to be rough so that the dark underneath shows through. Set aside. Use the gray paint and brush it around the sides and edges to show wear. Set aside to dry. Crafter showing to paint the books white and add gray to weather them.
  2. Paint the edges of the paper on the 1st book with red paint. Paint the 3rd book with blue paint on the paper edges. Let it dry. Paintbrush, paint, and books displayed on white wood background instructing crafter to paint the edges of the book pages.
  3. Use the alphabet stands and spell the message Stars & Stripes Forever. Put the books with their spines up and put each letter into the black ink and then stamp on the spine. Use a mixture of upper and lower case letters. Stamps and books shown with an ink pad as the next step in making a July 4th book stack.
  4. Stack the books and tie them with the natural, blue, and red twine. Wrap it about 10-12 times and then tie in a knot, leaving the tail longer. Make a bow by wrapping the twine around your hand 10-12 times and then trimming the end and putting it in the middle of the book stack. Knot the tails around the bow to hold in place. Final image of a completed patriotic book stack with the three color twine bow and scissors on a white wood background.


You can use a cutting machine or paint the wording by hand.

A great topper for this would be a small natural-colored star.

This DIY can be made into a tiered tray version using the full-sided wooden crates from the Dollar Tree.

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Create this quick Independence Day book stack with dollar store finds.

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