Sunday, November 16, 2014

book Christmas tree

Months and months and months and MONTHS ago, I saw this picture on Pinterest. I thought it was a cool idea but I couldn't logically figure out how I would find that many books in the same color. Plus it's like, you can't replace a real tree! That's the most Christmas-y you can get! Flip forward a few months and we moved into our house which is very "quaint"====realtor term for it's freaking small. AKA no way we are fitting any tree in here, even if it is super tiny. Plus, trees are expensive! We were trying to figure out what furniture we could move to get a real tree when I ran into another picture on Pinterest of a book tree HERE. I thought it was a lot more do-able since you weren't using all green books but the tutorial said you needed about 80 hardback books. Hardback books are even .50 cents at the D.I so, I knew that was gonna get pricey fast. I pretty much settled with the fact we wouldn't have a Christmas tree this year. Then as I was studying for my Praxis (which I FREAKING PASSED BTW, by three points soooo almost...I didn't pass....but luckily I did!) I stumbled upon the American Fork library. That blessed little place had a whole room of books they were selling for .10 cents a piece. That sealed the deal for me. Originally I bought 50. We started putting the tree together and this is how high 50 books got us.


So, we realized we were going to need more. A lot more. So we went and got about 150 more books. I lost count after 115 but  I think it was around there.

This is where things got annoying. First of all, libraries around the world use freaking NASA ordered tape to secure the paper covers to the actual hardback book. It took forever and a day to literally saw off the covers of each individual book. Then we couldn't get the tree just right. It was short and fat, too tall, too skinny, it took about 4-6 tries to finally get our tree looking like it does.

I really wanted to go get about 200 more books and make it go to the ceiling but we figured it would tip over and we were really tired of ripping covers off of books. Plus the idea was to spend less than a normal tree. So we settled for this. It makes me happy whenever I look at it. We are planning on getting another strand of lights to make it a little more lit up.



In total we have about 200 books with the tree about four feet tall. Since the guy at the American Fork Library thought we were freaking insane for buying all these really weird books (so funny, everything from Regis & Kathy Lee's Guide to the Holidays to really really really funny romance novels) he gave us a deal on the books so in total, we spent $20.00 on everything. 

If you want to see some other book Christmas tree magic, I like this one and this one. We liked having the pages facing outward but the bindings are cute on the outside too. 

This week I  am going to attempt to sew us some stockings?? Mostly because all the ones I have seen in the store cost a million dollars or make me gag. I was going to attempt to do tissue paper tassels in red, green and gold but I have PTSD from the millions I made for my wedding and I don't know if I can go back.

Anyway, there is going to be something big coming to this lil blog in the next few weeks! I have thought about it every day and have gotten so excited. Stay tuned!
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8 comments:

  1. i just sewed my and jake's stockings! by hand tho… so if you have a sewing machine it will be the easiest. yay. i'm excited to see!
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    1. You sewed two entire stockings by hand??? You need to post a picture of those soon.

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  2. i am so in love with this idea - and i'm a BIG FAN of your star at the top. you need to pin these on pinterest!

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    1. Thank you!! Target for the win! All over that! I wish this corner of the house was a little prettier!

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  3. hahaha I'm dying at the 50 books picture. Fifty books seems like SO MUCH! But now I want to do this in my apartment.

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    1. Hahhaha right?? I was like no flippin way I am going to need more than 50. Uhhh yeah RIGHT! You should do it! My library says that there are a lot of other libraries who have books that cheap.

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  4. wow, how different wouldn't thought of that one! You caught a deal for all those books for 20, that's awesome !

    #isoloveyourblogsLOL

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    1. It's kind of fun and different! It makes people comment on it, that is for sure! THanks for the love!

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