I purchased this magazine recently, and decided to try the Better Homes and Gardens' Book Page Christmas Tree tutorial with my own twist.
It's a pretty good magazine. Miss Mustard Seed's Christmas decorations are featured.
As you can see in the BHG photo above, they used a terra cotta pot and a wood skewer for the tree trunk. They did not put cardboard spacers between each paper like other book page trees on Pinterest that were Anthro inspired. (Too much work!)
I started with a terra cotta pot that had some lime deposits and didn't need aging. I did wash it though.
Here I am tracing the top of the terra cotta pot onto sheet moss.
I bought these mug plug styrofoam pieces at Jo Ann Fabrics. I had to cut a little off to fit it in the pot. I didn't glue it in, so I could use the pot again. It stays in pretty snugly.
I used a twig cut from a tree outside. I whittled the top a little to make it sharp enough to push the book pages onto it. I had some wood skewers, but they were not very long, and I liked the idea of the bark showing between the book pages.
Next I made templates from cardboard. I started with a 4 1/2" square and went down a half inch each template.
Then I laid the template on my book page and tore along the edges.
I put the squares in piles. They definitely were not super neat along the edges, and I didn't really count how many I made. I stacked the squared up in a pile to see about how high they would be on my stick.
Then I started putting on the book pages and spinning them so they did not line up evenly.
Instead of leaving it pointed or putting a round wood ball on top as some have done on their book page trees, I added a rusty metal star tied around the stick with jute. I clipped the whittled top of the stick off so it wasn't so sharp.
And, here it is. I fussed a little getting the book pages staggered somewhat evenly.
Now I can cross the book page Christmas tree off of my to do list.
Do you see the jute filled clear ball ornaments next to the book page tree? Another Pinterest inspiration.
I think they are kinda fun.
Another inspiration done on my to do list. Now I might go buy another box of those $1.49 clear balls and fill them with sheet music strips... (but that's another day and another post).
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