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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

.:Tutorial Tuesday - Book Christmas Tree:.

I shared this tutorial over at I Heart Nap Time a couple of weeks ago, so here it is for all of you in case you missed it!

It gave me the chance to try out a project I wanted to do last year, and also try out a product I've been wanting to get my hands on! Score on both counts!

I saw this project in a Real Simple magazine last year, and just never got around to making it: a book Christmas tree!

Isn't it fantastic?

Here's what you need to make one of your own:

- books (I got mine from the D.I. I knew I wanted my tree green, and would be using green glitter spray, so I looked for books with green covers. You'll also want them to vary in size.)
- Krylon glitter blast glitter spray (I used green obviously!)
- wood star
- wood blocks for tree stump
- saran wrap
- paint/brushes

I knew I didn't want my book pages to be all glittery, so I saran wrapped them before I sprayed by book covers.

Take your books outside, or to a well ventilated area, and lay them out with both covers opened flat.

Up close.

Your books are going to need some time to dry, so go ahead and head back inside to do some painting.

Paint your tree stump blocks brown, or whatever color you prefer.

Paint your star yellow, or whatever color you prefer. I had to add some glitter, too, of course!

Now, I skipped this step, but plan to do it. You'll want to spray some sort of sealer on your books so that your glitter doesn't come off when handled and stored.

Bring those books in, and stack them up on top of your blocks. Balance your star on top and now you've got yourself a unique Christmas decoration!

I didn't glue together anything because I want to be able to break this down for easy storage. Totally up to you, though!

Don't you love it?

Linking up here:


  1. This is a simply adorable little project!! Such a great idea!!

    I'd love for you to link up this post and any other Christmas-related projects to the 26-Day Christmas Craft Marathon Linky Party!!

    Thanks so much for sharing!!
    Lisa's Craft Blog

  2. What a unique craft! I think it turned out perfect!! I would love for you to come share this at our link party...junkintheirtrunk.blogspot.com/2011/11/link-it-up-wednesday-4.html

  3. Cute! I want to try the Glitter Blast, did it work well?

  4. Totally fun idea! Love it! I featured this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com.

  5. This same idea is being used in J. Crew stores as part of their holiday decorations, with more books to make them taller, and minus the glitter :)


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