A Book Lover’s Christmas Tree

Every year, I like to come up with something new and different to do when decorating for Christmas.  This year I decided to try a Christmas tree forest, but a few years ago I created a tabletop Christmas tree made of books.  It’s been pretty popular on Pinterest, so I thought I’d share it with my readers in case you missed it:


Decorating with books – one of my favorite things!  So I had to attempt a Christmas centerpiece of a bookish nature.  I started with a white cake stand and a big stack of books.  A few decorations and a bag of mica snow later, this is what I came up with:

book sculpture christmas craft decorologist



 I used small porcelain figurines to decorate my book tree and topped it with a porcelain bird.

decorating with books



This photo was my inspiration.  My decorator friend, Linda Holt of Linda Holt Interiors, posted it on my FaceBook wall and I KNEW I had to make a version of this!  


I decided to do a tabletop version, although I feel quite sure I have enough books to put together one as large as the one above.  The problem is floorspace – where would I put it?

Christmas craft idea


Ahh, there’s always next year . . .  By the way, there’s a lot of fun stuff that is shared via The Decorologist’s FaceBook page.  Why not come over and “Like”?


  1. Natalie A

    Great tree!!
    I had those Bookshelf for Boys and Girls colored spine numbered books as a kid and Loved them!!! My parents got rid of them, but I gathered up separate ones on eBay a year or two ago to make a set for A & T.

    • Kristie Barnett

      That’s awesome, Natalie. I had almost every Fisher Price Little People set as a kid – my mom got rid of all of it when I was in college. When I was pregnant with my first, I shopped Ebay and found pretty much all the sets for my girls to play with. Still love them!

  2. Patrick @ OPTV

    Love this! Great idea for my daughter who loves to read! Great post!

  3. Apple Hill Cottage

    Love Love Love this. It went straight to my librarian book-loving heart!
    That must be Some Series of green books from the Richard A. Gleeson library….

  4. Beth

    Very fun! I could do the same, but it wouldn’t probably smell dusty rather than fresh! haha

  5. Kelly

    Looks great Kristie! So creative.


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