Thursday, December 15, 2011

How to Make a Book Christmas Tree


Let me start off by saying that this is not my idea.  I saw this in my December 2011 issue of Better Homes and Gardens.  I immediately fell in love and knew I had to make it. 

This was actually really easy and fast.  I used a 145 page book and it took me less than an hour.  Perfect for getting some crafting in during nap time. 


Things you will need:

  • Paperback book (about 150 pages)
  • Glue
  • Ruler
  • Binder clip or clothespin


Remove the front and back cover from the book. Fold the top outer corner of the page over across the page.  Use a ruler to make the fold nice and crisp.  This will help it stay in place, too.

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Now fold the paper again across the page.  Be sure to use the ruler again to make the fold flatter.


Fold the excess hanging out of the bottom up to make a straight line.  I tucked mine inside the fold, but the picture above shows it out so you can see.


When you are done with a page simply use your binder clip or clothespin to hold the pages together.  This keeps them out of your way.


After you have folded all of the pages, glue the first and last together.  I used a glue stick to keep the glue from seeping through the paper onto other sheets.  Isn’t it sweet?


If it looks a little too plain for you this is the part where you can jazz it up.  Grab a hot glue gun and some embellishments.  I grab some trim and rick rack, but only ended up using trim. 


I glued on the trim and ta-da!  It is pretty plain and simple, but I like it that way.  The magazine suggested using glitter spray paint to give the tree a dust of glitter.  I really like that idea, but I wasn’t going to the store just for that.  The whole point of this craft to me is to use things around your house to make an awesome decoration for free. 

Put your spin and flair to it.  I would love to hear from you if you try this.  It really is easy.  Older children could easily do this, too. 


  1. Could you BE any more awesome??!! Love this!!

  2. That is super cute! I remember making an angel that way as a kid out of a magazine. Now, do I actually have a paperback I'd be willing to sacrifice?



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