Every Christmas we go for themed decorations at home. They’ve mostly centered around colors, and once we went Victorian. We wanted something different this year though without having to spend on new decorations. One thing our family enjoys doing (individually and together) is read. And so the theme “Bookish Christmas” was born! Here’s our Christmas tree decorated by our family of bibliophiles.
What’s so bookworm-y about it you ask? The crafts on this tree are made from recycled book pages. We house a lot of really old books, the type whose pages have foxing. What better way to give them a new life than to be the first generation of DIY family decorations?
These birds were the first decorations. They’re pretty easy to make! I’ll post instructions on how to do these bookish separately. Or you can head over to the blog that served as our inspiration: Under The Table and Dreaming. (Thank you Stephanie Lynn for these super friendly DIY instructions!)
We also have some pretty cranes nestled in the tree branches made by my other sister, the expert cranes maker.
The following flowers also created from book pages. Each family member has his/her initial up on the tree. We also put up flowers that have the initials of our relatives who are coming over for Noche Buena. They can take home their own personalized flowers after the party.
We had a bunch of extra book flowers, so my sister thought of putting pictures of our favorite reader. Here’s Timmy with a bunch of his reading pictures at the center of all the bookish flowers.
You can find instructions on how to make these paper star ornaments (or flowers as we call them) over at That’s My Letter. (Thank you Jamie, for this awesome tutorial!)
But where are the books, you may ask.
Each family member was asked about his/her favorite books. My sister then created mini-versions of our fave reads. They are so charming!
Each one opens up to a few old book pages. Her Griffine and Sabine mini-book even comes with interactive pages, much like the real thing. I think she did a stellar job!
The Bookish Little Christmas theme will be cascaded to other parts of our home too. Those are still in the works, but I’ll definitely share when they’re ready!
What I like best about our Bookish Little Christmas Tree is how it came together. We brainstormed on it together, created the crafts together, and best of all, bonded while we crafted. I think that’s the biggest gift this Bookish Little Christmas Tree has given us.
Do you have Christmas decor themes at home too? Tell us about it in the comments!