Looking for a simple Christmas project? These DIY book page trees are a creative way to use vintage carol pages. Step-by-step DIY included.
Have you ever been so happy that you felt it all the way down to your toes?
That was yesterday. I filmed my FIRST EVER OFFICIAL YouTube video. I’ve had a channel for years. And every now and then I’d put a video on there of something random, but just between us? It never really had a purpose. It was just a random thing that I stuck over there and forgot about. But yesterday? Yesterday after my friend Kim encouraged me to show all the stuff I do on a daily basis that I never document, I just pulled out my phone and filmed it.
It is NOT fancy.
I didn’t overthink it.
I just put the phone on a tripod and pressed the play button and styled my kitchen island.
I literally have on a t-shirt with fourth-day hair.
(total aside: I’m not really sure if you are even supposed to admit to ANYONE that you have fourth-day hair.)
It took me 6 minutes and 34 seconds to completely style the kitchen island with these amazing bottle brush trees that ordered on Black Friday during the 30% off sale. And when I was done IT WAS SO EXHILARATING. And exciting. And thrilling. And SO MUCH EASIER than I could have ever imagined.
I put the video at the end of this post so you could follow along with me and my fourth-day hair.
I also added a few links to where I found things that I used to style the island in the video. And the best part? I’m going to do this every week. I have so many projects and things I decorate around the house that I never document. I can’t wait to bring you along with me now.
You can see the styling video at the end of the post, but I also made a craft yesterday. In the future, I’m going to be videoing projects like this, but for today, here’s a simple tutorial for these simple DIY book page trees created from a vintage carol songbook.
DIY Book Page Trees
book pages of carols (or copies of book pages of carols)
glue (or double-stick tape)
Step 1: Find a book of carols
This book was given to me by a friend. It has the most amazing versions of vintage carols.
I didn’t want to mess it up, so I had copies made of the book pages.
It’s a simple tip if you want to keep your books, but still make book page projects.
Step 2: Make a cone
Using one of the sheets of carols make a cone.
Simply wrap the paper into a cone like this.
Then tape or hot glue it into place.
Trim off the bottom to make sure it’s even.
Step 3: cut strips
Next, cut strips of the carol paper.
Each strip will be about 3″ wide and the length of the paper.
Fringe the edges with tiny cuts about 2/3’s of the way up the paper.
Step 4: add the strip to the base of the cone
Ruffle the ends of the strip so they are fluffier.
Next, hot glue (or tape) the strip of fringed paper to the bottom of the cone.
Trim off the excess of the strip and glue (or tape into place).
Step 5: keep adding layers
Repeat step 4 and add the next layer of the fringed paper as shown and glue into place.
Add the next layer.
Keep adding layers until you have reached the top.
Step 6: add a star
Cut out two stars out of paper.
Glue the two stars together on either side of the tree.
You can make them in different sizes to create a display.
And when you are finished?
The DIY book page trees look like this.
Aren’t they the cutest?
And almost free to make.
I placed them in front of the Christmas tree and looked at that star against the twinkling lights.
And thought of this:
Star of wonder
Star of night
Star of royal beauty bright
Guide us with thy perfect light
May your days be merry.
And your Christmases be bright.
PS Here’s the video I filmed yesterday.
If you follow along on YouTube here it will alert you whenever I post a new video.