How to Make a Cute Christmas Tree From Book Pages

Shawna Bailey
by Shawna Bailey
4 Materials
20 Minutes

I love Christmas décor ideas and this one is a real winner. Using an old book that was falling apart, I made cute little Christmas trees.

Now, I'm not one to usually destroy old books, but this was an old dictionary that we were going to throw out anyway. Now I turned them into adorable little Christmas trees that can go on our mantel.

Tools and materials:

  • Pages from an old book
  • Paper towel roll
  • Hot glue
  • Star topper

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Supplies for the DIY project

Step 1: Gather Your Supplies

You can cut out (or rip out) pages from any book, but I suggest that it be an old one you aren't going to touch. You can also top these trees with any number of things, but I chose a dollar store sparkly star.

Rolling the pages into cones

Step 2: Roll Your Cones

Roll your paper into a cone by starting in the corner and tightly rolling it. You want the side you're rolling to be tight and the other side to be looser. By starting in the corner, I was able to make the cone as long as possible.

Applying hot glue to the pages

Step 3: Glue it

Add a line of glue at the end of the cone and carefully press the page closed. Be very careful not to burn yourself; paper is very thin and is pretty hot when pressing it down. I use my nails so I won't burn my fingertips.

Gluing the paper cones

I made about 30 cones, and it only took me 10 minutes. If you use a larger roll (like a wrapping paper roll or two paper towel rolls together) you're going to want to double the amount.

Attaching the cones to the paper towel roll

Step 4: Build the Tree

Add a bit of glue to the tip of the cone and place it on the roll about ⅓ of the way up. I had to bend the tip of the cone a little, then I added glue to the bent part. Carefully press the part with the glue onto the roll.

Attaching the cones

Carefully continue this process around the roll.

Making the Christmas tree shape

I attached three levels of pages. If your roll is taller, you’ll have to do more. You may have to also adjust them a little to get it to look nice and full.

Adding the tree topper

Step 5: Add the Topper

Then add your topper to it. I like my star, but you could also use a big bow, an ornament, or just about anything.

DIY book page Christmas tree

DIY book page Christmas tree

I can't wait to place this on my mantel. I think I'm going to make another smaller one to go with it.

DIY home decor using old books

Suggested materials:
  • Hot glue
  • Paper towel roll
  • Pages
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  • Beverly Burton Beverly Burton on Dec 07, 2021

    Did you ever make a santa out of readers digest?? I did 60 years ago:}

  • Two18097096 Two18097096 on Jan 28, 2024

    Will it work with gift wrap tube for a taller tree?

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  • Beverly Burton Beverly Burton on Aug 02, 2022

    No I do not have a picture of the santa, but he was really cute. His black belt went right on the tips of the folded pages.

  • Michelle H Michelle H on Aug 15, 2022

    Oh goodness! Watch the entire series of videos People. You will be lusting to make door decor for every season. Thank you so much for these. I love the book page tree, actually I love almost every book page inspiration I've seen. This one looks so easy-peasy....meaning I could do it. :)