This Christmas tree is made from an old book that was destined for landfill. It’s a simple make and perfect to use as a table centrepiece or to adorn a sideboard.
What you’ll need:
- an old paperback book (no less than 75 pages, numbered 1-150)
- tea light holder or candlestick (I suggest hitting up your local charity shop or car boot)
- old ornament, preferably something flat like shown above (this one had lost its hole for tying the string through)
- all purpose glue
Remove the cover from your book and put it to one side. If your book is more than 75 pages, use a craft knife to carefully cut away the extra pages at the spine.
Fold your pages. Each page consists of 3 folds:
Fold 1: take the top right corner and fold to the spine. Crease firmly.
Fold 2: fold over again to the spine and crease firmly.
Fold 3: tuck up the triangle that is hanging over the bottom. Crease firmly.
Continue this process with all pages until the book resembles a cone.
(this is about 15 pages in)
Cut a circle out of the cover. It should be bigger than the size of your tea light holder/candlestick.
Using the all purpose glue, affix the circle to the centre bottom of your cone. Leave to dry for 5 minutes.
Apply glue to the top edge of your tea light holder/candlestick. Attach to the centre of the cardboard circle on the underneath of your folded book cone.
Glue your ornament into the top centre of the paper cone. Set aside to dry.
Top tip: I had to trim some of the pieces from my ornament to get it to fit.
Voila! One folded book Christmas tree. You could leave it here or go big! Attach beads, buttons or even lights. Personalise by adding a name tag, wrap in tinsel or cover in glitter!