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Folded Book Christmas Tree

Updated December 18, 2017
Folded Book Christmas Tree
Folded Book Christmas Tree
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A folded book Christmas tree makes fantastic holiday decor. Dress up the top of a desk or credenza this holiday with an upcrafted book! Follow this easy book folding pattern to make a cute Christmas tree. You can also upcycle an old candlestick for the base and an old dresser knob for the top! This is a super easy project to do while listening to an audiobook or the TV. You can do it with the kids. They'll love helping you fold and decorate the tree!

Estimated CostUnder $10

Time to CompleteIn an evening

MaterialsPaper, Recycled Materials

Primary TechniqueGreen Crafting



Project TypeMake a Project

Materials List

  • An old book (and it doesn’t matter if it’s soft or hard cover)
  • Candle stick
  • Door knob
  • Buttons
  • Hot glue


  1. First start by folding each page of the book. Take the top right corner and fold it into the crease of the book, then take that folded angled edge and fold it a second time into the crease of the book. Fold the bottom of the page up.

  2. Continue this process with every page of the book. Once it’s done, sit the book upright and the pages will fan out to form the shape of a Christmas tree. 

  3. Next glue the base of the book onto an old candle stick. You can use silver, brass, glass, wood or any small candle stick you can find. It’s great way to give old candle sticks a new life. 

  4. Next, glue a door knob onto the top of the tree and embellish with buttons. You can create any type of tree you can imagine using a variety of old and new buttons. 

  5. Add any more embellishments onto the tree like a piece or ribbon for garland and there you have it... your old books are well read as Christmas home decor! 

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I love the look of these trees! Am anxious to try this out one day. Thank you for sharing this idea!

I absolutely love these. I've never made one before, but I love books, so I would 100% display these.

I remember doing this as a kid. It is a great way to reuse old books. We used old t.v. guides. This was fun to do and it took some time to make. If you want a great looking tree, take your time and don't rush through folding the pages. Now days there are so many ways to decorate your paper book trees and I found a small battery operated string of christmas lights to use. Love this old time craft. Thank you for sharing this Folded Book Christmas Tree craft.


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