DIY paper Christmas trees from an old book

Christmas tree made from paper | Homemade book paper tree Christmas decoration | Tesco Living

We challenged a crafts blogger to upcycle a family Christmas storybook into a decoration – check out the step-by-step tutorial.

Discover how thrifty blogger Cass Bailey from www.frugalfamily.co.uk put her festive spin on our handmade paper Christmas tree decorations using illustrated pages from a children's book.

You will need

  • Pages from a large children’s storybook
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Stapler
  • A triangle template made from card (about 10x20 cm)
  • Silver card or card covered with kitchen foil
  • Glue stick
  • Sticky tack
  • Red string beads

Craft materials and illustrated book page | Homemade book paper tree Christmas decoration | Tesco Living

Step 1

Using your template, cut out six triangles from the book paper.

Cut-outs of illustrated book pages | Homemade book paper tree Christmas decoration | Tesco Living

Step 2

Fold each triangle shape in half and make a crease down the centre.

Illustrated paper folded into triangle | DIY book paper Christmas trees | Tesco Living

Step 3

Pile all six triangles on top of one another and staple down the centre fold. Bend the triangles so the pages are evenly spread out.

Illustrated paper folded into triangle | DIY book paper Christmas trees | Tesco Living

Step 4

Using silver card (or foil-covered card), cut out a star shape. Then, cut out another star shape from your book page and stick it on to the silver card so you’re left with a thin border. Stick this onto the top of the paper tree.

Paper star on paper Christmas tree | DIY book paper Christmas trees | Tesco Living

Step 5

Finally, finish by wrapping around red string beads and gluing in place. Use sticky tack to secure the paper tree to a table or shelf, or mount it on a candlestick holder.

Christmas tree made from paper | Homemade book paper tree Christmas decoration | Tesco Living

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