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Picture of Hardback book christmas tree
How to turn an old, unwanted hardback into a small Xmas tree.

Can work as a table display, in lieu of an Xmas card (plenty of space on the inside cover for a message), or, if you are of the Humbug school, your entire Xmas decoration ensemble

This is the basic tree, you could of course carry on with baubles, tinsel, leds, stars and fairys....go wild...

 
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Step 2: Ready to cut....

Pre cutting
Open the book to the inside of the cover page
Mark out a zig-zag like a large saw tooth from the top of the book close to the spine, ending at the bottom of the book at the corner by the loose pages.
While I think you could do it with a pair of scissors, I for one would have got v v bored, but those of you with mini people may not want them wielding scalpel sharp knives....then again, maybe you do...
NB. Top and spine to bottom and loose edge (I only repeat this cos I started from the bottom myself)

Start cutting
Its easier if you remember to let the knife do the work and not try to cut through the whole book in one go, just a few pages at a time.

Keep cutting
I found it easier to cut from the apex of each 'V' shape rather than trying to trace the whole shape in one go

Just a bit more cutting
It may also be worth mentioning not to get too enthused with the sharp implement and cut all the way through the back cover
Biggsy2 years ago
... .... a very cool effect.. ... Don't think i could ever give it go though, wish i could ... but ... i can't cut up a book
suayres3 years ago
And if you don't want to sacrifice an actual book (my bibliophile Mother's upbringing makes me cringe at the idea, to be perfectly honest), you can buy one--or more--of those blank journaling books they sell at bookstores. They're pretty cheap, and you can use them with a clear conscience.
Suayres,

Great idea! I had a bibliophile mum as well and I could not stand doing this to a book! Okay, maybe a Reader's Digest re-print of a Danielle Steel or something... ;)
alex de suayres3 years ago
A heck of a lot of books are thrown in charity shop skips,sad but true. I love to have a good rummage. they are usally just down a little alley at the back of shop,and mostly they are glad of someone helping to make more room for them to throw out more. :'(
citys not quite so understanding. small towns the best.
ALWAYS TIDY UP! ALWAYS POP IN TO GIVE A DONATION! ALWAYS BE POLITE!
Happy skip diving! :D
justbennett4 years ago
Great Idea! I'm gonna look through my unnecessary book pile.
Looks like an orange on top. Or a paper towel holder thingy. Anyway, I have one suggestion:

Band saw.

I don't know if it would work, but seems like it would be worth a shot. Maybe if the paper was clamped between some sacrificial plywood? If one did come up with a good way to do this with a power tool then the project would take about 10 minutes, plus drying time.

littleredbox (author)  justbennett4 years ago
love the gratuitous use of power tools :D

btw famerebel 'ball thing' is just a clementine
famerebel4 years ago
So the covers stick out the back right? Thats pretty neat. I'd like to make one for my dad for his library! :D Very cool idea. What is that ball thing you put on top of your tree just out of curiosity?
katmckee4 years ago
I love the idea of closing it and putting on the shelf til next year.
Printy5 years ago
GENIUS! Love it! It would be cool to see it decorated. :)


red-king5 years ago
 out of curiosity, what book did you use for this?
littleredbox (author)  red-king5 years ago
 twas a plastic coated copy of Dickens'  - 'Pictures from Italy'......so really wasnt ever going to be read...
I see.
sdallesasse5 years ago
One of these could be a good way to keep a Christmas scrapbook for anual pages.   Although you would have to get a blank hardcover book or moleskin like thing.  Very creative!
littleredbox (author)  sdallesasse5 years ago
 oh yes, like that one....sounds like a project for next year
dwcarr5 years ago
Nice!! I love the simple to do.

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zedomax5 years ago
AWESOME, posting to my blog!
olizilla5 years ago
Why sir, I do believe you are a genius. I might have to go and destroy some yuletide literature.
 
In the words of the Symbionese Liberation Army:
"Books, once read, make a good bullet proofing [ or christmas decoration ]".