DIY: Festive Book Page Trees

by Kim Merrikin, Seattle Goodwill
November 26, 2016

Goodwill DIY: Book Page Trees

Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, we can decorate for Christmas, right? Tune into our blog for the next few weeks to see some of our favorite, simple, Do-It-Yourself (DIY) projects for this holiday season.

These festive book page trees are a perfect holiday craft for while you’re enjoying your favorite Christmas movie or binge watching Netflix.

Here’s what you need:

  • A book that is at least as tall as the trees you want to make.
  • An X-acto knife
  • A ruler
  • Hot glue and a hot glue gun

I chose an old book in black and white with heavy, aging pages, and a mix of words and sheet music—but you can seriously alter the look of your trees by choosing a different type of book. If I were to do it again, I would grab a book with gold edging on the page!

Step One: Cut the pages out of the book.
Using your ruler as a guide, cut all of the pages out of the book. To make two full trees, I used about 120 pages. If you want to trim the margin off—do it before you cut the pages from the book. It’ll be easier to keep the lines straight. I cut the top 1” margin off of my pages so the text/music would go all the way to the top of my trees.

Step Two: Fold each page in half vertically.
Be sure to get the bottom edge even on the fold, as these will make the base of your tree. As my kindergarten teacher told us, fold “hot dog style,” not “hamburger style”—your folded pages should be long and narrow.

Step Three: Measure your next cut.
For your inner geometry buff, we’re aiming for a scalene right triangle—with base being the short side, and the fold being the middle side. (If we’re going with Pythagoras, side A= the base/short side, B=the folded side, and C=open/cut side.) Your measurements will depend on the size of your pages—and the size you want your final tree to be—but I went with marking 3” from the fold on the short side, and 7” from the base on the folded side.

Step Four: Cut
Using your ruler as a guide, cut from your measured mark on the folded side, to your measured mark on the base.

Fold, Measure, Cut

Step Five: Group and glue
Gather groups of your new triangles, and glue them together along the folded side, like book binding. See the photo below for an example. I went with groups of eight pages each.

Step Six: Glue the groups
Glue all of your groups together in a stack, using minimal glue to prevent buckling of the pages.

Book Page Trees: GlueingStep Seven: Complete the circle!
The final step is more or less the same as step six—but connecting the page at the bottom of your stack to the page at the top of your stack. Be sure to get the “spine” of each page to align as best as possible.

Now you have a set of lovely trees that can be part of your table centerpiece, part of your mantle décor, or just a countertop decoration to add a little literary flavor to your in-home holiday look. Craft supplies—and books—are an easy find at all of our stores!


Kim fancies herself a professional communicator. She has experience in writing, graphic design, and social media, and is always looking to expand her knowledge base into other fields of communication. She loves people, coffee & Seattle (including the rain).

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