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Goodwill Home Décor Expert - Merri Cvetan

Merri Cvetan

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Tree Treasure

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Dec 18, 2014 2:37:00 PM

book treeIt’s a week before Christmas and I’m still shopping and decorating my home. It takes me so long to decorate because I like to do something different every year. This year I’m making a forest of book trees for my mantle. It’s such an easy project - even your kids can make them!

You will need:

  • A few books (Goodwill is a great source)

  • Glass candlesticks ( $.49 - $1.99 at Goodwill)

  • Glitter

  • Spray glue

  • Craft glue

  • Ribbon and mini decorations

book treeRemove the cover from the book. Then fold each page in toward the center at a 90-degree angle. 

book treeNext, fold each page toward the center again. This tree took about 100 pages. Cut away the rest of the book with a craft knife. 

Fold up the bottom end of each page, and then tuck it into the fold for a nice flat bottom. 

Spray a light coat of spray glue on the finished tree and sprinkle with glitter. I used red, white and gold, but you can use any color, even green. 

tree treasures

tree treasurestree treasuresDecorate your tree with ribbon, mini ornaments or beads, whatever little Christmas decorations you can find. One down, several more to go! I’ll use different size candlesticks and books (like paperbacks) so my mantle forest will have trees of many sizes and heights.

Topics: holiday decor, holiday decorating, Merri Cvetan, holiday decorations, book trees