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!