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Decorative Faux Books

These decorative faux books are perfect for Valentine’s Day! I love for my holiday home décor to be subtle and these are just that. 

decorative faux books

Step 1: Cut Wood Blocks

I started searching for wood blocks to make these decorative books.  Amanda had a perfect 2″ x 6″ board for me to use! She even cut my books for me using her miter saw.  I had her cut three different size “books”.

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Step 2: Sand Wood Blocks

I used 80-grit sand paper and my palm sander to round the edges of the books.  I then sanded the entire blocks with 220-grit.  Once sanded, I wiped them down with denatured alcohol. 

decorative faux books

Step 3: Paint Books

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So I started with a pink spray paint and hated the way the books looked.  My fake books seemed way too pink & bubble-gum looking! 

I changed course and picked up a light pink & antique white paint.  I decided to paint the smallest faux book with the antique white.  Then I mixed the pink and antique white paint, using 1 part pink and 1 part white.  This created the pink-white color I was hoping for! 

decorative faux books
decorative faux books

I then painted the other two books the off pink color.  I allowed to dry my books to dry! 

Step 4: Design & Print Spine Labels

I designed the labels for the book’s spines in Canva.  Then, I printed & cut them out.  I decided to “name” my books after Taylor Swift songs because of course I did! This gave my books a personal touch that not everyone would notice. 

Before attaching my labels, I decided to age them a bit.  Check out our post on How to Age Paper here for a step by step guide on how I aged these labels! (Note: I only used one tea bag for minimal aging).

decorative faux books

Step 5: Attach Labels

I then painted a thin layer of mod podge overtop the tables to glue them onto the book spines. 

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Looking for more Valentine’s Day DIYs?  Check out all of our Holiday How-To’s here

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decorative faux books

Decorative Faux Books

Dry Time 2 hours


  • Miter Saw
  • Palm Sander
  • 2" Paint Brush
  • Printer


  • 2" x 6" Lumber
  • 80 Grit Sandpaper
  • 220 Grit Sandpaper
  • Acrylic Craft Paint (Cameo Pink & Antique White)
  • Paper (tea bags, if aging)
  • Mod Podge


  • Cut Wood Blocks
  • Sand Wood Blocks
  • Paint Books
  • Design & Print Spine Labels
  • Attach Labels
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