Ken Wingard shows you how to build beautiful rustic Christmas tree decorations out of old repurposed books.


  • Wood base
  • Drill
  • ¼” Wood
  • Dowel
  • Knife
  • Hot Glue
  • Book(s)
  • Xacto Knife
  • Scissors


1. First, we are going to make the base of the tree. What you’ll need is a wood base (this could be a wood candle stick or plaque from the craft store) and a ¼” wood inch dowel. In the middle of the wood base drill a ¼” hole (or however big your dowel is).

2. Take a knife and whittle the end of the wood dowel into a point. This will make it easier to spear on the pages. On the un-whittled side, insert the dowel into the hole using a little bit of wood glue to keep it in place. Now you have your base!

3. Get your book and slit down the page closest to spine to remove all pages. Cut your first set of pages into a square, so if its 6” inches wide cut it 6” inches length to create a square.

4. Slide onto the dowel. Do that for a while until you have enough of one area done. Then cut pages ½” smaller and repeat above step. Do this until you reach the top.

*Optional: Top the tree with a star! I used a wooden star from the craft store.

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