Maybe I should have titled this something happier like upcycling old paperbacks into beautiful Christmas decor, but let’s be real I chopped up some books to decorate my table. I already shared the napkin tutorial, so here’s the paper craft edition. First the ornaments then the book page Christmas trees.
I am about to admit something that will probably make me lose any crafty or blogger credit I might have…this was the first time I used Mod Podge. I mod podged some paper scraps to ornaments to use as placecards. It’s super easy as all of you reading this I am sure already know.
I bought a box of ornaments 10 for $2.50 at Walmart to transform into some ball of a cut up classic (Dante’s Inferno in this case).
Here’s some tips for my fellow perfectionist out there on how to mod podge book pages to ornaments perfectly:
- Start at the top and work your way down and around.
- Make sure your font is the same on your tiny book scrap. (No italics, etc.)
- No white space. Every scrap should be completely covered with words only.
- Attach them right side up.
I don’t know why these things are a must, but they make the ornaments look 100% better if they are done this way. Trust me I know. I may or may not have made a bunch for my tree as well.
Here the ornaments are being used as name plates/party favor.
Craft 2: Book page Christmas trees. I actually remade these when I found these paper mache stars. You need to exacto 2 sets of 30 book pages.
It’s all about folding. Begin by folding the top corner to the center. Then take your folded corner to the center. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. Best when watching Elf.
For the next set of pages just flip the “spine” on the right, so you will fold the same way just flipped. For example, the top left will be folded down to the center which is now on the right.
Cut the points off the bottom, so your tree will stand up.
You will have 2 pieces that now just need to be glued together. It’s that easy.
Bust out the tacky glue and glue the star right down the middle. Then glue the second piece.
And done with the book page Christmas tree. It takes about 20 minutes.
I painted the stars gold and returned my book page Christmas trees to the tablescape.
Crafts that you can do quickly with materials you most likely have on hand. Double win. Check out more Christmas crafts over at Hi Sugarplum.