Book Tree

You may have seen on Instagram my post about all of our Reader's Digest books.  I found more after I posted that! Sooo....there are somewhere around 145 books here.  Give or take. :) 

A few years ago we made a book tree on our fireplace mantle. 

I had no intention of a book tree when I gathered all of these Reader's Digest books together!

  The book tree we made a few years back took FOREVER. Mostly my son built it while I ran around looking for the right books.  

This was easier, but still a bit putzy.  Turns out it's not easy to make a circle with rectangles.  It's a geometry thing which apparently, I'm not as good at as I once thought. Ha!

Then I thought about ornaments.  And these book page people came to be! I developed them from the ornaments I designed for our 4h tree in 2012.  You can see that tree here.

I could have played with these readers for a long time! 

It was like playing with paper dolls, but better.

I have more ideas how I would like to make more of them.

But, it's hard to say if I'll get back to those ideas or not. 

Reading to my kids---favorite memories of mine.

Aren't the covers of these books wonderful?

The top of the tree is made from parts of two books with folded pages and then glued together.

Can you see yourself here at all?  Cozied up with a book?

I see my kids.♥

So now, my conundrum.  I was trying to free up space and get rid of these books.  Now.  I love this tree.  Do I box them back up so I can put this out again next year??  Do I just leave it up for a long time after Christmas and then move the books along??


I hope your Advent is going well and that in the midst of book trials (tongue in cheek) you are finding space in your heart for the Christ child to be born into.


  1. Keep it out. Maybe offer it to local library or school?

  2. I love the book tree, but I love your darling people ornaments even more. So charming!

  3. You just can't pack it away! My first thought, too, was a library display. It should certainly be out there where it can be seen and appreciated by book lovers - in a book store window! You've just gone over the top - again!!!!! It's just awesome, for want of a better word.

  4. Oh my goodness! That is wonderful. Every single picture is pure delight. I hope you'll keep it up 'till you're weary of it (even if that's never). But I was, actually, imagining the dilemma of what to do with the books afterward (which in my case would have been books I was hoping to rehome). I think the ideas of offering your display to a library or school are most excellent ideas! I'd take a picture, make the offer, telling them they have to store the books, but I'd happily come at Christmas time next year to set up the display if they like. Win! Or... if you have the space to pack it all up and store, keeping it for your own future holidays is certainly a great option too! :)


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