How to make a Quirky Mardi Gras Book Stack. Have you ever thought about making a book stack for a holiday? I wanted to do a stack at Christmas time but time got away from me. But now I LOVE how the idea turned out for Mardi Gras. Keep reading for how to make a Quirky Mardi Gras Book Stack. It does take several steps and drying time but is totally worth it.
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Painting the Books
Three books were chosen for the three colors of Mardi Gras. The books were bought from the Dollar Tree. Mardi Gras is all about the colors of purple, gold and green. I wanted an elegant look so I did not make the colors too bright. Spray painting the books is not recommended (I tried). The book covers just absorb it all. Instead, brush acrylic paint over the hard covers and on the inside front and back covers. Prime them first so the true colors will show up better. I used a light dove gray because I have the paint and want to use it up. It will normally take more than one coat of primer and more than one coat of the color. The picture below shows the paint priming.
Adding Interest to the Spines
The next step was to add interest to the spines. I used a Prima Redesign mold called ELEGANT BORDERS for the three different styles on the spine. Here is an Amazon affiliate link if you wish to see which one I used. CLICK HERE. I used hot glue to make the castings and then glued them on the books depending on the size of the spine. The picture above shows how to to make the glue molds and attach them. The collage below shows the many steps of painting.
Stenciling the Harlequin Design
Then I used a harlequin stencil to paint metallic gold paint on each book. Here is an Amazon affiliate link to the Harlequin Stencil. CLICK HERE for the Stencil Link. The metallic gold paint is some I had on hand for years. It is regular acrylic paint. On the gold book, I mixed purple and green to make the harlequin print. Below are some pictures.
Adding the Finishing Touches for Your Quirky Mardi Gras Book Stack
I then stacked the books on each other but I did not glue them together. I wanted the books to be removed from the pedestal and removed from each other if the buyer so chooses. The books are also still readable. I painted a red Christmas Crown Ornament purple and highlighted it with the gold. Then I added the jester. The crown is glued to the top book and the jester is glued to the middle book.
The pedestal was made from a 4×4 block of wooden post. I painted it purple and then used the same stencil and paint on it.
I hope you try this for all different holidays. You can make a Quirky Stack of Books to fit your decor that can stay up all year too. Think of a vintage stack with lace, buttons and keys. Thank you so much for reading my blog! Drop a comment if you see something you like or want to know more. CLICK HERE for another Mardi Gras Decor Idea that you may like called “Unique Mardi Gras 4×4’s Centerpiece”.
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