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DIY But First Coffee Wood Book Stack

National Coffee Day is on September 29, 2022 and to celebrate, make this DIY But First Coffee Wood Book Stack using scrap wood. Be sure to also celebrate at Dunkin’. Details about that below.

For more crafts, check out all our DIY posts.

A book stack with the words "BUT FIRST COFFEE" on it and the words "DIY But First Coffee Wood Book Stack" digitally written on top.

Book stacks got so popular a few years ago. I don’t know when the burst happened, but, just like shiplap walls and sparklers at weddings, one day, book stacks were just everywhere.

Don’t fight the trend. Learn into it and make this very cute DIY But First Coffee Wood Book Stack.

We made ours using scrap wood with a rounded back, just like the spine of a book. But, it’s more sensible to make this using scrap wood that you have lying around rather than buying books just to use in a craft.

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This would be a really great homemade gift for a coffee fan. For more ideas of what to get them, check out our list of 10+ Best Gifts For Coffee Lovers.

DIY But First Coffee Wood Book Stack

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How To Make A But First Coffee Wood Book Stack

Wood being cut on a miter saw.

Use a miter saw to cut three pieces of 3.25- x 4-inch wood.

You want to cut from the back of each piece so that you keep the curved edge so that looks like the spine of a book. If you don’t care about that, you can just cut three equally-sized pieces from any part of the wood.

Paint being poured into a cup.

Pour some of the dark brown acrylic paint into the plastic disposable cup.

A paint brush painting wood.

Paint the top and all the sides of one of the pieces of wood with the dark brown paint. Let it dry. If you think it’s too light, paint a second layer.

Paint being poured into a cup.

Add some of the white acrylic paint to the plastic cup. Stir until the paint is combined.

A paint brush painting wood.

Use that new color to paint the top and all the sides of one of the pieces of wood.

A paint brush painting wood.

Paint the last remaining piece of wood using the beige paint. Let the paint dry completely.

Now it’s time to add the alphabet stickers.

The word "BUT" on a piece of wood.

Starting with the beige brick, spell out the word “BUT”. The easiest way to do it so all the words end up right-justified is by starting with the “T” then the “U” then the “B”.

Set that block aside, grab the lighter brown block and use the alphabet stickers to spell out the word “FIRST”.

Finally, take the dark brown block and use the alphabet stickers to spell out the word “COFFEE”.

Stack the blocks on top of each other, starting with the lightest and ending with the darkest.

Jute cording wrapped around a block.

Take a piece of jute cording and wrap it around the blocks three times. Cut the cording with a pair of scissors and tie a knot up top. Then, tuck the extra pieces of string under the string that’s wrapped around the wood block.

A match burning flyaways off jute cordking.

Use a match (or lighter) to very carefully burn the jute cording to remove any fly-aways. This is optional. If you opt to do it, the cording looks really nice, but you want to be really careful with fire near wood.

DIY But First Coffee Wood Book Stack

DIY But First Coffee Wood Book Stack: Frequently Asked Questions

Can you use books to make a book stack?

You can use books to make a book stack. Everyone seems to make them out of wood (us included) and call them a wood book stack. But you could make them out of books.

You want books that are the same size, so you could either buy three copies of the same book or you could find three books that are the same size.

If they have paper covers on them, be sure to remove the covers and look at the spine of the book. You’re going to put the words there, so you want to make sure there aren’t any words already imprinted there.

Do you need to glue the wood book stack together?

You don’t need to glue the wood book stack together. You could if you really wanted to, but these are just going to sit near your coffee area or on a tiered tray as decoration and aren’t meant to be handled. So they won’t be flopping around or anything. They’ll stay put without glue.

If you’re set on gluing them together, though, use wood glue rather than school glue.

Can you use something other than jute cording?

You can use ribbon, twine, string, really anything you want as an embellishment for the wood book stack.

Coffee mini wood book stack.

Purchase A But First Coffee Wood Book Stack Online:

If you really like this But First Coffee Wood Book Stack, but you don’t want to make it yourself, there are similar ones out there that you can purchase online (and if you say you made it, well, I won’t tell anyone your secret).

You can see more options on Amazon and Etsy, in case these ones didn’t catch your eye.

A DIY But First Coffee mug held by two hands.

More But First Coffee Projects:

Want another similar project? Check out our DIY But First Coffee Mug.

A woman holding a homemade serving tray with a knife, jelly, and bread on it.

More Scrap Wood Projects:

We love using scrap wood to make fun projects. So anytime we purchase food, we save all the pieces (yes, even the really small pieces) because we could potentially use them in a craft later.

Some of our favorite crafts using scrap wood are:

A Dunkin' bag and coffee cup against a brick wall.

National Coffee Day 2022 With Dunkin’:

National Coffee Day is held annually on September 29, 2022. This year, that’s a Thursday. To celebrate, DD Perks members can get a free medium hot or iced coffee with any purchase.

If you’ve been wanting to try Dunkin’s Tomato Pesto Grilled Cheese that we’ve been raving about for months, try it Thursday and pair it with a free cup of coffee. If you’ve been meaning to catch up with a friend, invite her out for coffee. Buy your cup and get hers for free.

For a full list of National Coffee Day Deals and Freebies, click that link.

Speaking of Dunkin’, don’t forget to sign up for DD Perks so you can earn points towards free drinks. Find out all about the Dunkin’ Donuts Perks (and How To Get Free Coffee From Dunkin’ Donuts) in that post.

A woman holding a Dunkin' coffee and bag in front of a Dunkin' with the words "How To Get Free Coffee & More With Dunkin' Rewards" digitally written above her.

New Dunkin’ Rewards Program:

The new Dunkin’ Rewards program rolls out on October 6, 2022. Find out all about it in our How To Get Free Coffee & More With Dunkin’ Rewards (Formerly DD Perks) post.

Yield: 1 Book Stack

DIY But First Coffee Wood Book Stack

National Coffee Day is on September 29, 2022 and to celebrate, make this DIY But First Coffee Wood Book Stack using scrap wood.

Active Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Difficulty Easy

Materials

  • Miter saw
  • Scrap oak stair treads
  • Burnt Umber acrylic paint (or any dark brown paint)
  • Plastic disposable cup
  • White acrylic paint
  • Beige acrylic paint
  • White alphabet stickers
  • Jute cording
  • A match

Tools

  • Paint brush
  • Scissors

Instructions

  1. Wood being cut on a miter saw.Use a miter saw to cut three pieces of 3.25- x 4-inch wood.
  2. Paint being poured into a cup.Pour some of the dark brown acrylic paint into the plastic disposable cup.
  3. A paint brush painting wood.Paint the top and all the sides of one of the pieces of wood with the dark brown paint. Let it dry. If you think it’s too light, paint a second layer.
  4. Paint being poured into a cup.Add some of the white acrylic paint to the plastic cup. Stir until the paint is combined.
  5. A paint brush painting wood.Use that new color to paint the top and all the sides of one of the pieces of wood.
  6. A paint brush painting wood.Paint the last remaining piece of wood using the beige paint. Let the paint dry completely.
  7. The word "BUT" on a piece of wood.Starting with the beige brick, spell out the word “BUT”.  Set that block aside, grab the lighter brown block and use the alphabet stickers to spell out the word “FIRST”. Finally, take the dark brown block and use the alphabet stickers to spell out the word “COFFEE”.
  8. Jute cording wrapped around a block.Stack the blocks on top of each other, starting with the lightest and ending with the darkest. Take a piece of jute cording and wrap it around the blocks three times. Cut the cording with a pair of scissors and tie a knot up top. Then, tuck the extra pieces of string under the string that’s wrapped around the wood block.
  9. A match burning flyaways off jute cordking.Use a match (or lighter) to very carefully burn the jute cording to remove any fly-aways.

Did you make this DIY But First Coffee Wood Book Stack? Let us know how it went in the comments.

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