Other uses for old books

As I have a stack of old books and its coming up to Christmas I have been making decorations. The ideas I’ve found on Pinterest are inspiring, here are two of the easy ones. There are numerous posts on how to do these and some good YouTube videos if you find watching how its done easier.

Here is how I created a star and a Christmas tree…….

First cut a square from the book mine was 12cmx12cm

Then fold it into a square to mark the centre, unfold this then fold each corner to the centre, using the previous folds as a guide
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Fold in two of the sides to make it into a kite shape.
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Next turn it over and fold back the point, then fold in half, with the folded point on the outside.
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Now make a few more, it took 14 for this star.

When you have enough push the two points of one piece into the pockets (made when the triangle was folded back) on another piece. continue to do this gluing them in place as you go until you have enough to make the full circle, tucking the points of the first point into the pockets of the last
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That’s one made, I plan on making a few more in different sizes then hanging them together.

 

Next, the Christmas tree….

This time count 30 pages of the book and leaving the spine of the pages intact separate them from the book, you need to do this again with another 30 pages, as the tree is made in 2 pieces.  Keeping the pages intact at the spine means you need only glue the two spines together rather than all the individual pages.

So taking one set of pages fold down the top right corner to the spine and press fold down, fold that fold across to the spine and press down. This leaves a point at the bottom. I unfolded the page and folded this up to give a flat base to the tree.

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Continue folding all the pages one by one until you have a nice fan shape.  Do this with both pieces. you can leave the folded pages as they are or glue them down as you go.

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With hot glue gun at the ready, run glue up the spine and glue the two fans together.

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And there it is, one book page tree.  I think I may add a star to the top and may even add a green colour to the folds.

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