On the 5th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, a DIY book Christmas Tree. A few weeks ago, I had to decorate for a hospital fundraising dinner for our local hospital, on which I am on the board. I had to set up and decorate 42 table centerpieces. 42. Forty-two. I decided to go with the farmhouse winter theme with a woodland touch. As it was at the beginning of November, I didn’t want to go overboard with Christmas. I wanted it to portray a more winter theme than a Christmas theme. I didn’t want to anger anyone:)
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I did decided I wanted some woodland Christmas trees, and my paper tree was one of them.
Book- I got one at a thrift store for 25 cents.
Now, this is actually a really easy project, and did not take too long. I started with my book. I took my X-acto knife and cut sheets of the book out.
I did not want them to be too wide so I cut it at about 4 inches. The X-acto knife worked perfectly for this. It will cut through about 8 pages at a time.
Once I had them cut out of the book, I sliced through the pages, creating the fringe affect. I also cut the pages into smaller sections to aid in application.
See here, they have been randomly sliced into different widths.
Start at the bottom, and make your first layer. Apply hot glue to the back of the paper and apply to the tree form. I overlapped each piece a bit to create a layered affect.
Once you have finished the first layer, just repeat the process for each layer, overlapping each layer a bit to make sure you have covered the cone form. Do this all the way to the top, repeating the process. Once I got to the top, I created a bow to cover the very tip of the tree.
That is it!
Here it is getting all dressed up at our hospital fundraiser. Some of the pages got bent, but that’s okay, they are easily fixed. See my woodland theme? My husband cut 43 log rounds for me. He must really love me. I also gathered a truck bed full of pine cones from our “backyard”.
I have some other great book re-purposing projects that will be coming soon. Man, I love this little tree. I think I’ll go make some more. See you later!
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