Monday, November 11, 2013

Christmas Trees from Book Pages


It's true, I mentioned Christmas. I've already started getting ready for it, as I imagine a few of you have been also. Or at least getting together a plan of attack!

Alrighty, are ya scratchin' your head pondering ways to get a Christmas tree for a few bucks?
Silly you. I'm not talking about the BIG tree! I'm talking about a cute, little one for somewhere like say maybe your mantel.

Although, if you are looking for a deal on a Christmas tree then check out some of your local thrift shops, DAVs, Goodwill, etc. We bought a nice one for my husband's office a few years back for about $50. Hit up the after holiday sales if you don't need it for this season(say next year you want a tree upstairs AND downstairs).

When it comes to the holidays, I'm ALL about tradition. I like to do the same activities each year. Game nights, movie nights, wood fires. I love to eat the same foods. Eggs Benedict, egg nog, chocolate souffles. Lastly, I love to see the same things. Nostalgic decorations. When I was a kid, I felt a lot of joy hanging up the same ornaments from years past.

So, I'm not one to change up my tree and Christmas decor each year. I kinda stick to the same theme, adding as I go. The purpose of this craft is to bring in a twist of cozy charm that compliments traditional Christmas colors such as red, green, silver, and gold... all of which I already have and love.

It takes just a few easy steps. My son even helped me.



The Materials:
  • Scissors
  • Glue Gun (and glue)
  • Tree Ornaments from The Dollar Store (or something of similar "tree" shape & form)
  • A Used Chapter Book

I decided to use these tree ornaments for my base because they have a built-in gold tree topper. You will see why this makes sense, keep reading.

I cut the pages of my book into small strips. If you follow me on instagram, you saw the prep pic already. Yes, I know. You probably think I'm a little off the rocker cutting up a book, but for the sake of this post and idea bear with me. It's not all that bad! You can get books at Goodwill 50¢. I selected one with aged pages, not too yellow, but slightly yellowed.


Then, I folded my strips in half, like this:


Next, I used my hot glue gun, adding glue to the back of the paper. Then, I placed it on the tree, working my way from the bottom up. Once I reached my last layer at the top, I made sure the edges lined up all the way around, so I had an even line.



Notice how I glued the paper on with a small fold at the top of each piece? Doing this gives some dimension to the "branches" making them stick out a little more. So, folded in half-ish (like the pictures I showed you previously) and then folded again, just at the top (the part that's glued down). Make sense?


And at the very top? My star. Perfect little tree topper.

Lastly, I used my scissors to trim up some of the longer pieces, and the pieces that didn't have any text. Fluff your "branches" and it's good to go!




Let's recap those steps:

1. Cut pages into small strips.
2. Hot glue the strips to the tree, starting at the bottom.
3. Continue gluing the strips on to the tree, working your way from bottom to top.
4. Line up the edges of the very last layer at the top so that it's even all the way around.
5. Trim the paper to your liking.
6. "Fluff" or ruffle the "branches".
7. Display your tree!

I think these would look great on a mantel, as a vignette on a shelf, or even as a centerpiece on a table.

Charming, right?

Linking up:
The DIY'ers




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