Book Page Tree & Jute Filled Ornaments

I'm sure you have seen the book page and sheet music crafts on Pinterest, blogland, and magazines.

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 purchased the clear glass balls on clearance for $1.49.

I used three sized of jute.

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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  1. Hi Carlene. So cute. Well done..Happy Halloween..Judy

  2. Carlene, this turned out so cute! Such a fun idea!

  3. I've evidently been living under a rock as I haven't seen any of that! I love it and now have a use for those old Reader's Digest Condensed books I've been lugging around for years.
    I love the way you did yours with the star! If you wanted you could even spray paint if you wanted color and on the filled ornaments I cold use all those yarn scraps I have! You know I like color! LOL! But I have so much color that sometimes plain items show up better and I do like the trees the way you did them. Love your banner too!

  4. Very very Creative! Love the ideas! Thank You~

  5. Your tree turned out so cute! I love that you used a stick and the star on top is perfect. The little clear ornaments with twine and jute are just right with the tree. You are my inspiration! Hugs, Linda

  6. Carlene, that is adorable! Love the rusty star tied to the top. So cute! Also the ornaments with the jute. Thanks for the tutorial for how to make everything.

  7. You have been BUSY!! Love your rendition of the tree and the jute ornies as well. You're way ahead of me... I've still got visions of Trick or Treat in my head! :)

  8. So lovely!
    I think the rusty star is a wonderful touch!
    the jute filled balls are a nice touch to the vignette, too.
    Way to go!
    you're certainly ahead of me.

  9. I love your book page tree! You are certainly ahead of the game this year with your Christmas crafting!

  10. I love the tree Carlene and the ornaments are so cute. I may steal your ideas. :)

  11. Isn't that magazine great? I bought it weeks ago and I cant put it down, so many great ideas! I made a project inspired by the magazine and I'm looking to do a couple more. Your tree and ornaments tuned out beautifully.

  12. the jute ornaments!

  13. Very cute, I like the idea of using a real tree twig.

  14. Two great ideas, and they don't look too hard to do, love that!

  15. wow, now that i see how the book page tree is done it looks pretty simple. thanks for showing us!

  16. Homa Style is having a Simple Holiday Gift Idea Link Party.
    Your paper tree and twine clear ornaments are incredible and I believe it would be perfect as a holiday gift idea.
    Please join the link party at Homa Style.
    Here’s the link
    Hope to see you there!
    Gotta love a whittler!

  17. Oh My! This is the first decoration that I have fell for this, so borrowing it!

  18. Carlene ... this is so ADORABLE!! I love both the tree and the jute filled baubles. I am sooo making that tree! Visiting from Shannon's Pin Party and this is goin' on my Christmas pinboard. Thanks!!

  19. This is fantastic! Your tree is gorgeous.
    Would you consider sharing it at my Pinworthy Projects Party? I hope to see you there.

  20. Such a cute idea! Found your great project at TT&J. :) Megan

  21. Hi Carlene,
    I'm visiting from Feathered Nest Friday. Your tree is so cute and adorable. gotta copy that for my dautgher's bedroom desk.

  22. Thanks for sharing this post. I love the Book Page Tree. I shared it on my blog Recipe for Life at:
    Deborah H. Bateman-Author

  23. What great ideas!! I think you did a great job!

  24. I love this!!! Wouldn't it make a great hostess gift during the holidays?

  25. It's darling~ sharing at the party tonight~ thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday!

  26. I just saw this cute tree at the Feathered Nest linky party! How did I miss it? Love it! Congrats on being featured!

  27. Hi Carlene,
    I love this tree! Now it will next on my list of 'to do's'. Thanks for showing us how to make it. Next week I am pretty busy, but think I'll start getting squares ready. Love the branch instead of a dowel. I am making a wreath with book page squares.

  28. Carlene,

    I just picked up the same magazine last week and was completely enthralled by this project! I'll be making mine soon ...

    Thanks for the inspiration and the tutorial!



  29. Just saw this over at Funky Junk Interiors. I have a an empty pot at home just waiting for this! Thanks for the inspiration!

  30. 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. dance classes in Philadelphia


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