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Learn how to make rustic chic book page trees in this easy craft tutorial. It’s the perfect way to recycle old books!
You can make some unique crafts with old book pages!
You can find used books at thrift stores or even often in a FREE bin at local libraries, and in my mind, crafts with book pages are a beautiful way to upcycle something destined for the recycle bin (or the garbage!)
Today, we will use old books to make book page trees!
How to Make Book Page Trees
Step 1. Gather Supplies
- Old Books
- Hot Glue Gun and Glue
- Sewing Machine
- Branches or Sticks
- Wooden Discs with holes drilled in the center
Step 2. Cut sticks to the height you want your trees to be.
Ours are about 8-10″ long.
You can always cut them shorter – err on the side of them being too long at first.
Step 3. Hot glue the sticks into the holes in the wooden rounds.
This will create the base and the trunk of the book page trees.
Step 4. Rip pages out of an old book.
Step 5. Cut a handful of pages into triangles – try at least 10 or 15 pages to start.
Step 6. Using a sewing machine, sew a straight line down the center of the stack of triangles.
If you don’t have a sewing machine, you could glue each layer of paper triangle together.
Step 7. Start folding different layers of the paper back over the seam.
This will start to add dimension to the paper tree.
Step 8. Hot glue the stick along the seam of the tree.
This part made the paper layers warped and wavy on my tree, so I decided to cut slits in the edges of the paper to help camouflage it.
The fringe gives the tree a rustic look and helps hide any imperfections.
A variation of the Book Page Tree – without a stem.
You can also leave out the stick steam, and make a simplified version of these book page trees.
Fold the pages along the seam to fan them out.
As they are folded and fanned, they will create a beautiful tree shape that stands up on its own.
I think like the simplified version of the book page tree better – without a stick stem.
I like the simplicity of it, and I like the beautiful symmetry.
You can make different-sized trees by using triangles of different sizes.
Whether you like the look of the simple book page tree without a wooden stem, or the version with a branch as a stem and a wooden disc as a base, they are both fun projects to make with book pages.
The book page trees work well as part of any rustic chic decor, but they especially shine during the winter season.