12 Days of {handmade} Christmas:: Day 5 Book Page Christmas Tree

by Edie Wadsworth on November 6, 2012

Note to bookclubbers—I haven’t forgot about you!  The Antigone post is up today, courtesy of my darling friend, Michele.  I’m hoping to add a short video introduction to Plato to that post later today!  I LOVE LOVE LOVE Plato’s Republic.  Don’t be scared.  This is a good one.  Start reading today, if you haven’t already.

This is day 5 in a 12 days series of {handmade} Christmas Tutorials.  There’s a handy landing page of all the projects here and don’t forget to check out the projects for 2009 and 2010.
Hello! My name is Stephanie and I blog over at homespunstephanie
I am new to this world of blogging but have been a “blog stalker” for quite some time and decided that enough was enough and it was time to jump in with both feet!! 

I have followed Edie since I began “blog stalking” and was so over the moon when she selected me to be a guest blogger for her annual: 12 days of {Handmade} Christmas!

Grab a cup of coffee and gather all of your old books
so you can get busy creating your very own Book Page Christmas Tree!!

Book Page Christmas Tree How-To
Supplies Needed For Project:
4 inch clay pots 
Florist’s foam
Wooden Skewers
Sheet Moss
Old Book
Sanding Block
Hot Glue Gun

Step 1:  Paint your clay pots with your desired color. found the colors “Cool Blue and Leafy Green” by DecoArt look the best once sanded. Painting does not have to be perfect since you will be sanding the pots down a bit once they are all dried.


Step 2:  Once pots are completely dry use a sanding block 
to rub some of the paint off to give them an aged or chippy look.



Step 3:  Using an old book cut out square pieces of paper starting from 4 1/2 inches and decreasing the size by 1/2 at a time. You will need more 4 1/2 and 4 inch squares so cut plenty of these sizes.



Step 4:  Place florist foam inside of the clay pot-you may have to trim around the edges so it fits snug in the pot.  Once florist foam is secured stick a skewer in the middle.



Step 5:  Using a hot glue gun cover the florist foam 
with moss-this is messy!!


Step 6: Start pushing the squares of  book pages onto the skewer.  Begin with the biggest squares at the bottom and continue moving up the skewer to the smallest squares at the top. As you are adding your book pages to the skewer it will begin to look like a tree!


Completed Project:



book page Christmas tree


Stephanie @ www.homespunstephanie.blogspot.com
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{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jessica@SweatIsMySanity November 6, 2012 at 7:57 am

Love these. Thanks for sharing Stephanie!!


2 Stephanie Talty November 6, 2012 at 1:07 pm

You are welcome!!
Thanks for taking the time and reading it!


3 Ruth @ Living Well Spending Less November 6, 2012 at 8:13 am

Oh those are absolutely darling! Welcome to the blogosphere! :-)


4 Stephanie Talty November 6, 2012 at 1:08 pm

Thanks so much!!
Blogosphere is amazing and so inspiring!!
I am a “newbie” and am still learning all the tricks!!


5 Carin November 6, 2012 at 8:20 am

Oh my! I’ve gone all giddy! Books and crafts in one. It couldn’t be better! I’ve got to make them. They are fantastic!


6 Stephanie Talty November 6, 2012 at 1:09 pm

I love books and crafts so putting them together was so much fun!
Thank you for taking the time to check my post out!


7 Lisa@Pickles and Cheese November 6, 2012 at 9:24 am

Excellent tutorial!! Love the photo by photo easy directions. These are great and I can’t wait to get started! Thanks.


8 Stephanie Talty November 6, 2012 at 1:11 pm

Thank you for your sweet comment, it means alot to me!
You will love these Book Page Christams Trees once you
have made them!! Thanks again for checking out my guest post!


9 Ruth November 6, 2012 at 9:42 am

Love these trees. They are fabulous. Thanks for the great tutorial.


10 Stephanie Talty November 6, 2012 at 1:12 pm

Thanks so much for checking my guest post out!
I am glad you liked them too!
They are so cute once they are made and you
see them in person!!


11 jo November 6, 2012 at 12:13 pm

great, easy craft. these would make great gifts. you could also cut the edges using patterned edged scissors.


12 Stephanie Talty November 6, 2012 at 1:14 pm

You are right, using fun patterned edge scissors would make them adorable as well!
Thanks for the tip!
Thanks for checking out my guest post…I appreciate it and your kind words.


13 Cindy November 6, 2012 at 2:19 pm

So nice! Great idea!


14 Stephanie Talty November 7, 2012 at 8:49 am

Thanks so much!!!!


15 Melanie November 6, 2012 at 4:30 pm

Love this! I think maybe even un-crafty me could make them!!! Thanks for sharing!


16 Stephanie Talty November 7, 2012 at 8:49 am

It is an easy project-go for it!!
You will love the finished project!
Thanks for stopping by to check out my guest post!


17 Betsy C. November 7, 2012 at 4:03 am

What a wonderful project, Stephanie! It is simple and easy to customize…for a different look I’m going to make some in galvanized pails and use something else to cover the foam (not quite sure what though…maybe mini christmas ornaments or small pinecones??). Thank you so much for sharing!


18 Stephanie Talty November 7, 2012 at 8:48 am

You are welcome and thanks for checking it out!
Your ideas sound amazing to change it up a bit—-I also
may have to try the galvanized pail!!!


19 Rayann November 11, 2012 at 7:56 pm

I can’t wait to make these!


20 Erin December 7, 2012 at 8:37 am

I funkified this by making them in mini pots and adding 1 piece of Christmas scrapbook paper per every 5 or 6 pages of book. Discovered that cutting a large amount of pages with duller scissors gives the edge a torn & worn look. Also found large printed calligraphy letters in one book so I painted star shapes and glued on the calligraphy letters to make monogrammed stars for the tops. I originally made these for my book club friends but the grouping is so striking on my mantle my husband requested our own set!
thanks for the inspiration and great step by step instructions


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