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How to Make a Bookish Christmas Tree

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Looking for a way to spruce up your bookshelves this holiday season? Why not add a bookish Christmas tree? It’s a great way to spread holiday cheer and your love for reading. Plus—with your own mini Christmas tree tucked away in your favorite spot in the house (the office? the library? your bedroom?) there’s no need to fight over how to decorate the family tree anymore. A bookish Christmas tree is also a great way to display all those fun holiday ornaments you’ve been collected over the years (or want to start collecting now)!

First Step: Pick a Tree

You’ll want to first pick out a mini tree to turn into your bookish Christmas tree. Do you like a traditional-looking green tree? Flocked? Plastic white? There’s even neon pink. There are so many choices and tons of discount websites where you can get a mini tree 3 feet or under. Target, Amazon, and Walmart all carry cute options but you will probably want a fake tree as opposed to real so you can use it every year. The flocked tree pictured here was under $40 from T.J. Maxx.

Second Step: Choose Your Ornaments

Next you want to dress your bookish Christmas tree up with ornaments. There are tons of great places to get bookish Christmas ornaments. Etsy and Amazon are good starting points but craft stores like Michaels and Jo-Ann as well as Walmart and Target always have a great selection of ornaments from popular books/comic books/pop culture/fandoms like anything Disney, HARRY POTTER, Marvel, or DC comic books, etc. You can even mix it up and do a different theme for your bookish Christmas tree each year. How about a HARRY POTTER tree? Or a Disney fairytale tree? The sky is the limit with your bookish Christmas tree!

Third Step: Final Touches

Now it’s time to add the finishing touches. You can place fun garland or lights on your bookish Christmas tree. The tree pictured here is dressed in fairy lights from Amazon, which do double duty as they can otherwise be used year-round as props in Instagram or blog photos. You can also add a cute stack of books, your favorite candles, or even make a bookish animal like the Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer pictured here (made out of a collector’s edition of John Steinbeck books).

For more bookish DIY ideas make sure to check out DYI: Vintage + Lace-up Harry Potter Tees. Will you be making a bookish Christmas tree this year? Share your ideas in the comments below!