Gather all supplies. When you purchase lumber at your local home improvement store, they will cut it to size for you at no charge. Sand all edges and surfaces of each book with a foam sanding block.
Basecoat the wooden books with white craft paint. Set aside to dry. If the grain is raised, then sand lightly. Topcoat the wooden books with a mixture of white and ivory craft paint. Dip the paintbrush in both colors and don’t over mix the colors and let the topcoat be rough. Set aside to dry.
Dry brush light grey paint around the sides and edges of the wooden books, in places that wear would naturally occur. Set aside to dry.
Using the typewriter style alphabet stamps, select the message HOME SWEET HOME. Place the wooden books spine up, tap each letter stamp in the ink pad and stamp on the spine. The irregularity of the stamped letters gives the project farmhouse charm.
Stack the books together and wrap with twine three to four times, securing the end with a knot and leaving the tails long. To create a bow, wrap the twine around your hand five to six times, trim the end and place in center of book stack. Secure in place by knotting the tails around the bow.