By this time in the holiday rush I’m spent – both physically and financially and I’m only interested in ideas that are inexpensive and easy.  Today’s idea is pretty straightforward.  I used old books to create Recycled Tree Holiday Decor (remember our fall pumpkin idea?).  The two trees are the cut and curl – one tree is made from cutting the pages and the other is made from curling them.  I had an old book so the idea is basically free.  Let’s go!

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Tree #1 – The Cut

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You’ll need an old book and a razor knife or a good pair of scissors.  Remove the binding from the book and cut the pages into a half Christmas tree shape.

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It will look like this.

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Fluff/scrunch the pages (unfortunately) on at a time to make the tree full.  By the time you’re done the tree will be full and the binding ends will touch each other – and will stand on it’s own.

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The scrunching takes some time but makes a beautiful finished project (and it’s free!).

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Tree #2 – The Curl

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For this tree you’ll need a Styrofoam cone, an old book, sewing pins, tape, and a bit of paint (if you want color).  The paint is optional.

Tear a page from the book and curl it into a circle.

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Snip the curled page in the center and affix the cut side to the styrofoam cone with sewing pins.

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Repeat until you’ve filled the entire cone with curled paper.

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Finish by topping the tree with a paper bow.  The directions are here.  I also painted the tips of my curled paper with paint.  This step is optional, I just wanted a little more color on the paper.

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Merry Christmas!

 

 

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