Crafting with The Geeky Blogger is born out of my love of hot glue, yarn, and all things crafty. These posts pop up whenever I want to share something that I have finished and want to share with y’all. The posts will be random from crochet to cooking to paper crafts. They are a way to bring some of my outside of reading hobbies to the blog. I hope that you enjoy them!
This week’s craft was inspired by The Book Nympho who made this wonderful paperback book tree (out of the phonebook):
I decided I would try and give it a whirl (mine is no where near as good but it was fun)!
What you need:
- Paperback book with glue spine (phonebook, old book, 2nd hand book) that is at least 60 pages
- Glue — preferably crafting glue (I used a glue gun and I think this is where I went wrong)
- Topper — anything will work. I used a left over ornament
- Straight Knife (or something to cleanly remove the pages with spine in tact)
- (optional) Glitter
- (optional) Base (I used a cork board tile)
- (optional) Decorations
How It is Done:
- Find a book you don’t mind destroying (phonebook, old tech book, $1 clearance book from 2nd hand store). It needs to have an intact spine that the glue is holding pretty strong!
- Take the cover off the book (yes cringe you pristine book lovers–you are knowingly demolishing a book)
- Count out 30 pages and then remove them from the book still glued together (this is where your straight knife comes into play)
- Take one section and start folding: Each page take the top corner and fold to center and then repeat again
- Here is where you have to make a decision: Cut the ends (will show an example of a quick one I did), Fold the ends (my tree at top), Keep the Ends (I believe that is what Jennifer did) (each works but gives the tree a different look)
- Now repeat the process for the other set of pages (I flip the book over and work the opposite way)
- Next Glue the two sections together (I would suggest a glue stick as I had some problems with the glue gun setting too fast)
- Now decorate and top as you would like! These really can be as festive as you would like them to be 🙂 I used glitter, foam stickies, and an ornament. Also I put it on a cork board base because I folded the ends in and wanted something to put it on 🙂
Have you made one of these? What tips do you have?