Vintage Book Christmas Tree: Fridays at Home

Thank God it's thrifty Friday, Friends! Have you ever made a book tree? If you're like me and hoard collect vintage books, it's a fun and easy project to add a touch of whimsy to your Christmas decor...

vintage book Christmas tree

This is one of those projects that I have wanted to create for several years. As an avid reader and former homeschool mom, I adore vintage books and have a few stacks in each room of my house. Although I love to use nontraditional colors for most of my holiday decorating, I really wanted to use only book spines in shades of green for my "tree." 

vintage book Christmas tree

When my kids were little and we were homeschooling, we went to library book sales a few times a year. I have many fond memories of them loading up on books as well as treasures I scored like the vintage Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm pictured above.  I have also been at yard sales and thrift stores that provided bags for filling with books for mere pennies. (That's how I have acquired most of mine.) 

vintage book Christmas tree


Vintage Book Christmas Tree Tips

*Find books at thrift stores, yard sales, and library sales.
*Choose a variety of sizes. (I used 19 books ranging in lengths from 5.5"-9.5".)
*Need more height? Arrange your tree on a tabletop or stool.
*Remember to include children's books and cookbooks that may be hiding in the kitchen or bedrooms. 
*Don't be discouraged if your stack doesn't resemble a tree at first. Just keep adding books and rearranging the stack.
*Look for the perfect star or topper to complete your tree. I found this battery-operated lighted star at Hobby Lobby for $5.

Vintage book Christmas tree

My Thrift Store Addiction

vintage book Christmas tree

Until next time, happy hunting and creating! 
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  1. I love this idea. It is so clever and interesting!! Fun to collect for too.

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  2. I definitely would love to do this!! Thanks for the beautiful reminder.

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  3. I love this! I'm going to try copying this idea.

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  4. Very cute idea~ love the idea of a book tree!

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  5. Love this idea. If you didn't have enough "right-colored" books, you could cover them with wrapping or scrapbook paper, too! I'd go for red, green, gold, and white!

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  6. Cecilia, I love this idea! Now I'm thinking about my own collection of vintage green books. I wonder if I have enough to make a Christmas tree.
    Merry, Merry Christmas to you.
    RR

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  7. What a great idea! I'm going to keep my eyes peeled for green hardcover books throughout 2022 to do this next Christmas. Thanks for the inspiration and love your tree topper too!

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  8. I can't stand it, it's so cute!! I want one. Incidentally, I have some of the Peter Rabbit books. I pinned and will be making this next year or maybe this year. I'm still making things for Christmas, usually even on Christmas Eve! I love Christmas. Best wishes, Linda @Crafts a la mode

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  9. I love this idea, Cecilia, and I plan to copy it next year.

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