Feeling Crafty? You Can Make This Christmas Tree In About An Hour

By
Home Stager with Sharon Tara Transformations

I found this Christmas decoration craft idea online and decided to give it a try.

It was simple to make and the supplies needed are things you probably have in your home, or are very easy to find if you don't have them.

Frame  8x10

1 Sheet White Card Stock

Paperback Book  300-400 pages, approx. 7" tall

Ribbon or Twine to decorate tree (optional)

 

It only took me about an hour to make, and I LOVE the results.

Here is a link to the directions:  HOW TO MAKE A FOLDED BOOK CHRISTMAS TREE

You can ALSO use all the pages of a book to make a 360 degree stand-alone tree.

You could create a mini forest of several stand-alone trees by using different size books!

 

Written for:  Holiday Fun and Cheer December Challenge, hosted by Carol Williams and Anna Banana Kruchten CRS CRB, Phoenix Broker.

Comments (25)

Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

Ron and Alexandra Seigel  You are welcome. I hope it inspires someone to try it.

Michael Jacobs  You make me laugh. Not only do I want you to make this, I want you to video it for our enjoyment.

Sharon Lee  It brings me joy when I look at it!

Dec 17, 2020 09:55 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

That's a pretty good time for making a Christmas tree it takes God about four years😃

Happy Wednesday afternoon Sharon Tara 

Dec 17, 2020 10:12 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

That is very cool Sharon Tara !  Clever!  I've never seen anything like this.  Love it!

Dec 17, 2020 10:22 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Well, I like the look, as well, Sharon... but it would take me way more than an hour to produce anything that looks like this!

Dec 17, 2020 10:37 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Sharon- I know I say this a lot but you've outdone yourself!!!!   I saw something similar done to books at a craft show in Delray but not nearly as nice. I will try it later. 

Dec 17, 2020 12:08 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Sharon,
That is so cool.  I love the idea of making a mini forest. 

Dec 17, 2020 12:46 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

What a delightful project that turned out to be, Sharon!  I don't think I would have been able to put it together that quickly.

Dec 17, 2020 01:12 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi Sharon,  That is a very nice, crafty tree.  Perfect to use when decorating the house for Christmas.  My daughter is much more crafty than I am - she may be up for this project.

Dec 17, 2020 01:43 PM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Sharon Tara  Very cute but I do not have the patience = but I think I will share it on my Facebook page if you do not mind

Dec 17, 2020 01:52 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS  It is not a competition. 

This isn't anywhere near the size of God's trees. LOL

Anna Banana Kruchten CRS CRB, Phoenix Broker  I had seen it before, but for some reason this time I wanted to give it a try. I'm glad I did. I really love it.

Nina Hollander  The only time consuming part is the folding of the pages, and once you get the hang of it (you fold quite a lot of pages) you develop a rhythm.

Kathy Streib  I hope you do try. It was kind of therapeutic actually.

 

 

 

Dec 17, 2020 03:13 PM
Kathy Streib

I may try it after the holidays. 

Dec 17, 2020 05:50 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

Carol Williams  I've only done this one. I have no experience making a full  360 degree tree. I would like to give it a try sometime though.

Myrl Jeffcoat Actually I did take a lunch break at about the half way point. That's something I should have mentioned...you can stop and start as you go along. It doesn't have to be done in one sitting.

Bob Crane  I'm sure she will appreciate you sending the link to her. She may already know about it. I think it has been around awhile.

Hannah Williams  I think I originally saw it on fb. I am fine with you sharing it, but probably best to just share the link I shared. No reason for people to have to read my post to get to the other. Cut out the middle man. LOL

Dec 17, 2020 03:18 PM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster Real Estate - Gainesville, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

That reminds me a of hymnal angel I saw one time.  I bet you could deconstruct how to make her just from this picture.

Dec 17, 2020 05:45 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I used to make a tree from old tv guide magazines, but I couldn't in good conscience use a book to do a craft.  It would make my grandmother roll over in her grave.

Dec 17, 2020 09:45 PM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

That looks pretty nice!  I doubt that I will try it myself though.  I definitely admire your talents, you surely know that.

Dec 18, 2020 05:17 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

Chris Ann Cleland  I could make the angel using the same fold as used for the tree, but their bottom is different and I have no idea how to do the bottom they did. The wings would take a little trial and error but I'm sure I could figure it out.

Tammy Lankford,  I don't have that problem. I don't even have any paperback books in my house...had to get one at the dollar store. LOL

My aunt (RIP) loved books and had hundreds. Years ago, she needed room in her apartment and told me I could take some if I wanted. When I told her I was going to use them for decorating and would remove the jackets she nearly died. 

Brian England  Thank you! No, I wouldn't expect you to make one. LOL

Dec 18, 2020 06:38 AM
Chris Ann Cleland

I'm told it was simply folding pages in a hymn book from church to make her.

Dec 18, 2020 02:50 PM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Very clever idea with the old book  I don't usually keep paperbacks and often prefer to buy a hard cover

Dec 18, 2020 06:56 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

I remember doing this in school once. Mine wasn't quite as impressive as yours. Nice job, crafty you. 

Dec 18, 2020 08:34 AM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I likely have 2000 books in my house.  Mostly hardbacks.  Some authors I read over and over a few years apart.  I just loaned my mom all my Sydney Sheldon books to read (again)

Dec 18, 2020 08:47 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

Ed Silva  I only have hard cover in my home too. I got this book at the Dollar Tree store.

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD  I'm usually pretty good at following directions. As long as I have something to follow, and add my own twist to, I'm good!

Tammy Lankford,  That is awesome!  That is a lot of books!

Dec 18, 2020 09:31 AM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

awesome or crazy.  We plan to move one more time and books are tough to move.

Dec 19, 2020 09:59 AM