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Budget-Friendly Fall Decor: Dollar Tree Wooden Crate turned into an Autumn Book Stack

Hello everyone! Today, I'm excited to share with you a simple and affordable fall decor project that will add a touch of seasonal charm to your home. All you need is one wooden crate from Dollar Tree to create an adorable autumn book stack. This project is perfect for those who want to elevate their fall decorations without breaking the bank.

To begin, we'll use a decorative napkin, paint, glitter, and a few other materials to decorate the wooden crate from Dollar Tree. Once completed, you'll have a charming book stack that can be added to any existing fall decor.

wooden book stack displayed by pumpkins and fall floral

Video tutorial

Wooden fall book stack displayed near fall floral


One wooden crate

Gold glitter (Any color will do)

Acrylic paint (I'm using my wooden crate from a previous craft, so I'm repainting and adding white paint over the black)

Wooden beads


Decorative napkin

Stencil or stamps



Parchment paper

Mini iron is optional for applying napkin to the wooden crate with Mod Podge

Applying paint to the wooden crate

First, I applied white acrylic paint to a black wooden crate that I had used for another project. You can use different colors for your stacked book decoration. Make sure the paint is completely dry before moving on to the next step.
Black wooden crate, white acrylic paint and paintbrush

Cutting the decorative napkin and applying Mod Podge

Next, I cut a decorative napkin and removed the second layer since it was 2-ply. Then, I applied a thin layer of Mod Podge to the top section of the crate and placed the napkin over it. I used a mini iron to apply the napkin to the crate and removed any remaining napkin from the sides with a sanding block.
Decorative napkin with pumpkin design, painted crate, and scissors

Decorative napkin over white painted wooden crate near sanding block, and Mod Podge

Adding stencils and gold glitter

After that, I added my Hello Pumpkin stencil to the front of the crate using orange and brown paint. If you prefer, you can use stamps instead. I also added gold glitter above the decorative napkin by applying another thin layer of Mod Podge and spreading glitter over it.

Hello pumpkin stencil, wooden crate with decorative napkin design, paintbrush and acrylic paints.

Paintbrush, gold glitter, and wooden crate with decorative napkin design

Adding Twine and wooden beads

Finally, I wrapped twine around the crate and tied it off at the front, leaving a strand of twine to add wooden beads. I pulled the twine through each bead and tied it off at the last one.
White wooden crate with decorative napkin design, and gold glitter, near twine and wooden beads
And there you have it! Your Autumn book stack is complete. It's a great addition to your fall decor, tiered tray, or coffee table. If you enjoyed making this, be sure to check out my other book stack designs that use wooden crates. Thank you for creating with me, and I'll see you soon!

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  1. Looks great for this time of year, I like your new creation :) Thanks so much for linking up at the #UnlimitedLinkParty 134. Pinned.

    1. Dee, thank you. 😊 I appreciate you visiting.

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    1. Amy, thank you so much. Happy to hear you enjoyed it. 😊

  3. Visiting again to say thanks so much for linking up at #IMadeItMondayLinkParty 29. Pinned again too.

  4. Love this Steph! I appreciate your videos too.
    Visiting today from SSPS 284 #37

    1. Paula, I appreciate you visiting. Thank you so much.

  5. More beautiful autumn decor, I love the beautiful detail you add.

  6. Stephanie, CONGRATS! Your post is FEATURED at #IMadeItMondayLinkParty 30.

  7. This is so adorable! Thanks for linking up with Tell It To Me Tuesday, I hope to see you again this week!

  8. Brilliant! You'd never know this wasn't books. Featuring when my party opens!

    1. Carol, thank you. Happy to hear you enjoyed this. 😊

  9. Stephanie - This project turned out so cute! It's the perfect compliment to fall decor. Thank you for sharing your post on the Home Imagined Link Party.

  10. This is super cute! Gotta love Dollar Tree for those fall crafts! Visiting from the link up. Have a great week.


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