Upcycle – Folded Book Christmas Trees

2 Materials
1 Hour

I saw these Folded Book Christmas Trees online and thought I’d try making one. It was so easy. Here is how I did it.

We have lots of old paperback books in our house, and you probably do too so you don’t even need to buy any materials for this project. I used a larger paperback that was 10 inches high.

Step 1 …

First, tear off the front and back covers, and the first few pages of the book. Next, start folding the pages like this (see pics). Continue until all the pages are folded. I did this entire book while watching football last Sunday. It took about 30 minutes (I thought it was going to take MUCH longer). It does get a little tricky once you get close to the end, but overall it is pretty easy.

Step 2, Optional…

Once I was done folding, I gave it a light coat of silver spray paint. I had a starfish I planned to use for the top, so sprayed that too. Once it was dry I glued the starfish to the top. 

This step is optional, of course. Or you could spray paint it green, or any other color you like or have in your garage, or just leave it as is.

Before, spray paint

After, spray paint

That is it! 2 Easy Steps and you are done. Here is the finished product.  You could do several different sized books and make a whole little family of trees.

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Have a question about this project?

2 questions
  • Sue Roush
    on Dec 13, 2019

    Can you explain again how to fold the pages?

    • Neva Dew
      on Dec 21, 2019

      I don't think 400 is too many pages. I saw this years ago, only using Family Circle magazines, and one issue was not enough to spread out and make a full circle of a tree -needed at least 2 (which is why I never finished it)!!

  • Bonnie
    on Jan 1, 2020

    Why do you tear out the first few pages?

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