How To: Make A Paperback Christmas Tree

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How To: Make A Paperback Christmas Tree

How To: Make A Paperback Christmas Tree

This decorative paperback christmas tree is super cute, easy to make, and affordable. It’s even a great craft to do with your kids, although I recommend letting an adult do the cutting with the exacto knife. That’s how we do it in my house. I mean, we don’t have kids but my husband is a little leery of leaving me alone with sharp objects. I can’t ever imagine why. (UPDATE: We totally have a kid now but J has still not changed his position on the whole “sharp object” thing)

There are several variations you can make on these trees (like the rolled tree & the full glitter cameo tree in the background) that you can learn to make HERE.

supplies needed for paperback christmas tree tutorial
A paperback book
– you can use one you already own or pick up an old holiday themed book at a thrift store!
An exacto knife
Dry adhesive

Optional supplies: glitter and glue (I used Martha Stewart tinsel glitter in brownstone and gold, as well as Martha Stewart glittering glue w/brush applicator. It’s hands down the best glue for applying glitter.)

 

Step By Step Instructions For Making A Paperback Christmas Tree
Step One:
Find a paperback book. Oh look, I found a few. That is because I inherited 352580551 paperback books of my grandmothers and they are currently multiplying themselves around my house.

Paperback Christmas Tree Tutorial Step 1

Paperback Christmas Tree Tutorial Step 1

Step Two: Gently remove the cover so that it is naked. I hope your book is not modest. Mine did some nude modeling back in art school.

Paperback Christmas Tree Tutorial Step 2

Paperback Christmas Tree Tutorial Step 2

Step Three: Count out 30 pages of your book. This is where page numbers come in handy.

Paperback Christmas Tree Tutorial Step 3

Paperback Christmas Tree Tutorial Step 3

Step Four: Use an exacto knife to slice down the spine where you’ve partitioned off your thirty pages. Don’t worry, the book won’t feel a thing.

Paperback Christmas Tree Tutorial Step 4

Paperback Christmas Tree Tutorial Step 4

Step Five: Repeat steps three and four. You should have two sets of thirty pages that look like this:

Paperback Christmas Tree Tutorial Step 5

Paperback Christmas Tree Tutorial Step 5

Step Six: Now take one section of the book and lie it on the table so that the spine is facing left, as shown. Grasp the top right corner and fold it down so that the edge of the corner is touching the spine.

Paperback Christmas Tree Tutorial Step 6

Paperback Christmas Tree Tutorial Step 6

Step Seven: Now grasp the part of the page where the folded edge meets the straight edge. Fold it over so that the part of the page that it already folded from the last step will be flush with the spine. It’s just like folding a paper airplane.

Paperback Christmas Tree Tutorial Step 7

Paperback Christmas Tree Tutorial Step 7

Step Eight: either fold the overhanging part of the page up, or cut it off. I prefer to cut mine. It will sit well either way.

Paperback Christmas Tree Tutorial Step 8

Paperback Christmas Tree Tutorial Step 8

Step Nine: Continue to do this until all of the pages are folded.

Paperback Christmas Tree Tutorial Step 9a

Paperback Christmas Tree Tutorial Step 9a

Paperback Christmas Tree Tutorial Step 9b

Paperback Christmas Tree Tutorial Step 9b

Paperback Christmas Tree Tutorial Step 9c

Paperback Christmas Tree Tutorial Step 9c

Step Ten: Take the other set of thirty pages and flip it so that the spine is on the right. Repeat steps six through eight.

Paperback Christmas Tree Tutorial Step 10

Paperback Christmas Tree Tutorial Step 10

Step Eleven(OPTIONAL): Now hold the book page with the folded part towards you and brush glue along the edges. Then dip the edges into glitter and shake off the excess.

Paperback Christmas Tree Tutorial Step 11

Paperback Christmas Tree Tutorial Step 11

Paperback Christmas Tree Tutorial Step 11a

Paperback Christmas Tree Tutorial Step 11a

Note: when you use the glitter, you’ll have to gently seperate the page edges afterwards so that the glue doesn’t adhere the pages together.

Step Twelve: Lay the folded pages down and apply dry adhesive liberally to the front and last page

Paperback Christmas Tree Tutorial Step 12

Paperback Christmas Tree Tutorial Step 12

Step Thirteen: Press the two edges of each set together, lining up the edges. Open the pages and curl around until you can do the same both sides.

Paperback Christmas Tree Tutorial Step 13

Paperback Christmas Tree Tutorial Step 13

Step Fourteen: Sit it up and let dry! Occasionally you’ll need to add some glue to the very top of the tree, along the inside edge to keep it from gapping but if you use enough dry adhesive that shouldn’t be a problem! Sit back and enjoy all the compliments you get on your awesome tree.

Paperback Christmas Tree Tutorial

Paperback Christmas Tree Tutorial

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Comments

  1. Hallee says

    It’s 15 pages front and back for a total of 30 numbers, per section. Not 30 pages for each section. Love the idea though! God bless!

    • says

      That’s what I used here- I inherited a bunch of stained/torn books from my grandmother which were perfect for this project! I think if you have any that you can rescue from the trash bin, this is a great way to salvage them! :)

  2. DIANNE bentz says

    Love the trees! I am trying to figure out how to use up a whole set of old encyclopedias in a creative craft like this -lol!
    Makes me so sad that you cut up “MereChristianity” though – it’s an amazing classic by an amazing writer. Coincidentally to me discovering your website just now, today is the 50th anniversary of C.S.Lewis’ passing…!

    • says

      Oh don’t be sad! I have a whole copy of Mere Christianity but that copy was an old, damaged copy that used to belong to my grandmother. So I kind of felt like I was saving it by turning it into the tree instead of just tossing it! xoxo

  3. linda van baale says

    anybody else having trouble with the pages breaking apart??? I’m having a terrible time, trying to be delicate but about 1/2 through they start to break apart.

  4. says

    love the trees, I have made angels with books,using a Styrofoam ball for the head, a dowel in the spline of the book, painted the face on the angel, made a halo with gold or silver wire, and spray painted the color of choice. I used Readers Digest, they seemed to work best

  5. Kathie says

    Reminds me of the Christmas trees, angels, and choir members we made when I was a teenager by folding the pages of “old” Reader’s Digest magazines (The issues I remember had way more pages than 2014 issues.) After removing the cover, folding pages, and glueing the last page to the first page, we’d spray paint the boys & girls different colors and give them lace doily collars. Then a styrofoam ball head was made, put on a toothpick and inserted in the magazine spine.

    A few years later, we made some in school colors with mortarboard hats and yarn hair, They become centerpieces for graduation parties. I was telling some piano students about them & they were wondering how the “skinny” Reader’s Digest issues could work, but now I can make some samples using entire paperback books!! I’m excited to start. (Different size books and different folds could even be different size people). Thanks for the idea!!

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