Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Paperback Tree

I've got an easy-peasy, last minute project for you that you'll be able to put together while watching A Christmas Story or
It's a Wonderful Life. . .Really!
And you don't need many supplies either. . .Honestly!
In fact, this is really all you need to make the Paperback Tree shown at the top of this post! Well, it doesn't have to be a Nora Roberts novel~ any paperback book will do. But just make sure it's a book you're finished reading!
The first thing you're going to do is tear off the front and back covers,
leaving the binding in tact.
One the first page, take the top corner and fold it down to meet the binding.
Then fold the same folded page down to meet the binding again.
There will be a small triangle of the bottom of the page hanging below the book. Take that triangle and fold it up so that it is even with the bottom of the book. Three folds, that's it!
Now go to the next page and make those same three folds.
And repeat the folding process on every single page.
That's right, keep on folding. You may want to use a bone folder to make the creases nice and crisp, but that's up to you.
Another tip: If you find that the pages you've already folded are getting in your way, you can clip them together with a binder clip. The folding does become a little more difficult as you get towards the back of the book. If you feel that your tree seems full enough and you still have pages left to fold, you can do what I did and cut off the the remaining pages by cutting through the binding with a craft knife.
When you are finished folding all the pages, this is what you will end up with. Pretty cool, huh?
You can leave the pages natural, as shown above. Or perhaps you'd like to add some color by spritzing with a little Glimmer Mist (see previous post). And then to finish off the tree it would be nice to add some sparkle to the top of the tree, like the rhinestone pin I used to top mine off.
I decided to use some spray adhesive on my tree and then sprinkle glitter and mica flakes on it.
And now it sparkles next to my other snow covered Winter Wonderland Decorations!
And that's all there is too it! I told you it was easy-peasy, didn't I?

I hope those of you who participated in Joli Paquet's Vintage Stocking Swap have mailed your stockings out to your partners by now. I've received mine and was delighted by the gorgeous stocking and goodies I received!

On behalf of all the Joli Paquet artists, I would like to thank you for your loyal support and hope that you have enjoyed this year's tutorials and kits as much as we've enjoyed putting them together for you. Wishing you all a wonderful, safe and memory-filled holiday season!



Boxwood Cottage said...

Wow! Jeanne I love that (Nora Roberts probably wouldn't lol)! How beautiful! Looks like a lot of work to fold all these pages but surely worth it at the end. I gotta try it some time soon! Looks great with and without glitter. Thank you for sharing this very clever tutorial!
xoxo~ Carola

LindaSonia said...

Love this latest tutorial! As always, thanks for everything you do and share. I have enjoyed it all tremendously. Wishing you all a wonderful happy holiday season too!

Unknown said...

Very cool! Thanks for sharing!


Cindy (JunqueArt) said...

I love it Jeanne!!!

Sheila A. said...

This is great and, you're right, can do it while watching tv. You give excellent tutorials.
Merry Christmas!

kim c said...

To all of the clever, imaginative gals here at Joli Paquet, I just want to say how much I love this blog. So many great tutorials and inspo.

As a matter of fact, I used one of Jeanne's 2009 tutorials on gift card boxes as inspiration for some girlie gifts that I mailed today. Some ideas are simply classic. Thanks again.

Unknown said...

I'm actually going to try this ... WOW!

Christmas hugs & joys ~
TTFN ~ Marydon

Unknown said...

absolute genius!! i heart this!!

Casii said...

Sparkly, lovely tree! My Nana use to have us do the same type of thing with old Readers Digests. We did the bottom different though.
May have to introduce this to my kids!

Lisa Phillippi llelsik@aol.com said...

I love this...I will be looking for paperbacks at garage sales for sure!

kathleen said...

Wow! This brings back memories... These used to be made frequently a long time ago...

thanks for sharing!

Deanna said...

I cannot wait to try this! I am not craft all but I like to try anything that doesn't require a glue gun!

Happy Holidays,
Deanna :D

Crafts a la Mode said...

We made these a long time ago but I loved looking at it again and remembering ...
thanks, Linda

Olivia said...

Your blog is darling! I followed you over from Sugah Beez! Hope all is well!

Nancy Ward said...

Wantyed you to know I posted a link to this tutorial today.

Nancy Ward

Corey said...

Wow! What a pretty project! So easy, but so elegant! It would be easy for kids to do, too!

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Anonymous said...

It IS beautiful, but I could NEVER EVER do this to a book (not even a Dan Brown book)!! Books are too precious to end up as decorations!

Betsy said...

I am going to make one or two, thank you for the tips and tutorial. really sweet with the glitter and snow flake on top
Happy New Year

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