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22 July, 2012

Cowgirl Up! Christmas in July...Book Christmas Trees

Hi, this is Korrie from Red Hen Home!  This post is DAY 2 of the Christmas in July series I am participating in with all these talented ladies:
Christmas in July??  Whose crazy idea was THAT??
(I’m blaming Amanda.)
Honestly, I am not a person who plans that far in advance.  My sights are always set on the next thing, so I can’t really concentrate on Christmas until Thanksgiving is over!
So my goal was to create a little Christmas without going to the store!  Never-you-mind that Hobby Lobby is already putting out their Christmas stuff—I don’t want to encourage them!
So I decided to tackle a few items that have been swimming around in my head since last Christmas…hope you don’t mind that I’m seven months late (rather than five months early)!
I have a beautiful old buffet that I love to change with the seasons—since I don’t have a mantle!  This is what it looked like on a recent hot July day, much to the confusion of my four-year-old daughter!

Last summer I turned some old books into birdhouses, and some commenters mentioned that they had seen book Christmas trees.  I decided to give it a shot, and they were super simple to figure out and make on my own.

  1. Fold the top corner of page to the spine.
  2. Fold page to spine again.
  3. Fold up “tail” at bottom of page even with bottom of book.
  4. Repeat ad nauseum (that means…”until you’re nauseous”)
About 200 pages makes for a nice, fat tree.  And I promise I won’t tell if sometimes you fold two pages at once!

Hmm…they could use a little embellishment, don’t you think?  They are supposed to be Christmas trees after all!
This one gets a garland of jingle bells strung on twine, and a book page star for the top…

…the next one gets a garland of cotton string and gold-glittered stars, topped with a book page medallion…

…and the last has a garland of cotton cording and Scrabble letters, topped by a seam-binding flower (yes, it’s my favorite)!

And of course, all of them were embellished with a little glitter along the edges.  Everything looks better with glitter!

Last but not least, I had to add a little more typography!  I had a 14” x 14” canvas on hand just waiting for some attention from me…

Using two shades of gold acrylic paint, I gave the canvas a nice base coat.  I used my Silhouette to design and cut out vinyl “Merry Christmas” greetings in various languages, then I painted over the whole thing, removed the vinyl, and voila!

So there you have it!  Put together with a few accessories I already hand on hand, it was a good excuse to take down the 4th of July d├ęcor  Winking smile

Happy Summer, everyone!

I hope you will take the time to visit all the blogs participating in our Christmas in July party!
And don't forget to join us for the Cowgirl Up! Link Party Tuesday at 9:00 am Central where you can share your Christmas ideas...past or present! Of course, your regular posts are welcome as usual. We can't wait to see what you have to share!

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  1. This was a fun trip down memory lane! I used to love making Readers Digest Christmas trees!! Of course the best part then was spray painting the trees.

  2. Those X'mas trees made with reader's digest are just so fun!

  3. I absolutely adore those Christmas Tree books..

    thanks so much for showing us.

  4. This idea is so clever, pretty and fun! Thanks for sharing.

  5. Love the book tree's. I will have to try that.

  6. Absolutely beautiful!! I love it. Had to pin this. :)

  7. These are gorgeous! Have you done a tutorial on how to use the sillouete or are they easy to use? This question asked by a not too savvy tech person.

  8. Debbie,
    I love what Korrie did with those old books and how she displayed them in her Christmas vignette! Such an inspirational post! See you Tuesday evening, dear friend!

  9. Your trees are so sweet and the Christmas vignette is just lovely. Love the subtle colors of brown, golds and whites - so pretty!

  10. You accessorized the little book trees perfectly!

  11. These trees are charming! I'm also really digging the sign with all the different Merry Christmas's and typography.


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