Monday, December 9, 2013

DIY Book Page Trees & Dining Room Decos

Recently my husband and I were out shopping, and I saw some book page trees that I fell in love with. However, they were REALLY expensive!  So, I studied them a little, and decided to try a make them myself.  I gathered the supplies I needed, and went to work.  I bought two styrofoam cones, and two small urns to put them in.  For the book pages, I used an old book I already had.  When I added up that I had spent less than $15.00 for the supplies, I seriously was proud of myself for not buying the ones in the store (they were $65.00 for 2 trees).  I started by tearing out pages that had words covering the whole page.  Then, I started cutting triangles out of the pages.  During this process, I decided to keep the remaining row attached so I could glue it on as a strip to save time.  I used the other triangles to fill in gaps so that there wouldn't be any styrofoam showing.  I attached my book triangles with hot glue.  
Just layer and layer until you have the cone covered.  I covered the top with a round piece of book page and then covered it with triangle cut outs.  Adding the extra triangle book pages helps the tree look more layered, and not just having lined up rows.  After I had glued all the pages on, I used my fingers to gently ruffle and curl up the book page triangles so they weren't laying so flat.  For the last step, I sprayed my trees with iridescent glitter spray paint.  (I didn't take a picture of that step, because I may have gone outside and sprayed them at 10:30 at night.)  Then, after they dry, put them in any container you choose.  It was really easy, and I did two trees while I watched a Hallmark Christmas movie.  I am pleased with how they turned out!  
They added such a great touch to my dining table vignette.
I used greenery, burlap ribbon, large snow tipped pinecones, and several angels from around my house.  The crown was a gift from my sweet friend who owns her own store.  I really need to do a feature post about her shop.
I added greenery and this angel to my rustic birdhouse.
I set everything on a turquoise, runner layered with a red runner for Christmas color.
I also wanted to share my built in China cabinet that is behind my dining table.  Every year, I tell myself I'm not going to go nuts with my Christmas decor, but I end up doing it anyway.  We were iced in for several days, so I needed something to do!
Hope you will give the book page trees a try.  I love mine!

Happy Holidays!

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16 comments:

  1. Love the book page tree. What a perfect detail/decoration for this time of year!

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    1. Thank You Nicole! I love this time of year, and all of the craft project possibilities! There just doesn't seem like there is enough time to do them all! Thanks for taking time to comment!
      Heather

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  2. This is fantastic!! I'm pinning this one to our board!!! Thanks for linking up to DIY Sunday Showcase!!

    Shelly
    minettesmaze.blogspot.com

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    1. Yay! Thanks Shelly! Thanks for hosting! The Linky Parties are such a help to new bloggers! Thanks for hosting.
      Heather

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  3. I am loving all these book page projects out there....these trees are so different and one of my favorites! Pinning this for future use! Visiting you back from my blog!

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    1. Thank You So Much! I am loving all of the book page projects. I wish I had more time to do a few more, but we are really getting close to Christmas!
      Heather

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  4. Love your paper tree and the rest of your Christmas decor is stunning also. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

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    1. Thank You Marty! Thank You so much for hosting!
      Heather

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  5. Your paper tree is beautiful! (I love that huge pine cone you used in your arrangement, too.) The printed word is such a treasure and fun to use for lots of projects. I hope we never truly go paperless! :-)
    Christmas blessings,
    Kim @ Curtain Queen Creates

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    1. Thank you so much Kim! The Pine Cones were a steal that I found at Wal-Mart! I agree with you, I hope we never go paperless either. I still love the feel, and smell of books! There is nothing like going to Barnes and Noble and searching through the good books. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!
      Heather

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  6. I really like the book pages idea! I tried to become your newest follower...but it wasn't handling requests right now. :(((

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    1. Hi Jeannie! I am sorry about Google Friend Request not working. I think I finally have it fixed. Hope you will become a follower now. Thanks for your comment about the book page trees. They were really easy!
      Happy Holidays!
      Heather

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  7. I hooked up with you on Bloglovin :)

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    1. Good Deal! Not sure what was going on via Friend Connect. Thank you so much for following!
      Heather

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  8. Great post. Love the fact that you used the poplar as stakes. Hoping to plant some apple trees at my mother-in-laws home in the near future and the caging will come in handy.

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