Hardback Book Christmas Tree: 5 Steps (with Pictures)Choosing a fake Christmas tree over the real deal is no longer a faux pas—now it's a way to show off your crafty side. This Christmas, people are building DIY trees using everything from wine bottles to tree branches to cookie tins , but our inner bookworms are obsessed with these trees made out of stacks of novels. Watch the following video below to get the step-by-step instructions for building your own book tree, then read on to find eight more creative ideas we spotted ranked in order from hard to so-easy-anyone-could-DIY-it. If you want to attempt to build a massive Christmas tree out of books—like this nine-foot version at the University of San Francisco's Gleeson Library —you're going to need a lot of books and something in the center like a table to stabilize it so it doesn't get knocked over. While this book tree at the Houston Public Library is smaller, the topper requires some serious crafting skills. You only need a dozen books to make this topsy-turvy book tree , but it requires drilling through the center of the books eek! Don't have hours to spend searching for books with matching green spines?
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You will need between pages — this is going by the books printed page numbers. Look for books with a soft-glued spine rather than a hard spine which may crack. I found that classics published by Penguin are excellent for this project because the spine glue is bendy and the paper is a good quality for folding. I have seen some versions of this project where the amount of pages needed is cut off the book, then the pages are folded, but I prefer to keep the book whole and cut the folded pages off after I have enough folded pages. Also, having the height of the whole book is a handy space to push the folded pages into when you get a bulk of folded pages. I have found that these book trees take twice as long to fold during the second half because the amount of folded pages building up makes progress slower, and it takes even longer if you stop to read the book! As a reference: typical standard paper used in photocopiers and printers is 80gsm.
This is a very simple and inexpensive decoration that can be done by almost any age. It can be adapted to almost any grade level for teachers as well. The trees can be decorated or left plain. It takes no tools any only uses books on their way to the recycle bin. Did you use this instructable in your classroom?
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Do you want to have a nice Christmas mood, without endangering the local fauna and flora? Wouldn't be nice to have a Christmas tree that shows your love for nature and knowledge? Do you have a big collection of books stashed away somewhere, collecting dust? Your problems are solved! Now you can do your own Bibliophile's Christmas Tree! Did you use this instructable in your classroom? Add a Teacher Note to share how you incorporated it into your lesson.