Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Beautiful, simple book page Christmas decor

Thanksgiving is tomorrow and then you know what happens.....time to decorate for Christmas, ladies! Woohoo!

I love the riotous color that comes with Christmas decorating as much as the next creative gal, and yet when Insanely Creative Christy and I started brainstorming about little display trees for our tiny craft mall booth, we decided to try a shabby chic look using, what else, vintage dictionary book pages. Here's the start of our project and we're liking this clean, white, crisp look very very much. So wintry white and elegant, we think.

Of course there's the book page decoupage balls with hand written script that say Live, Laugh, Love, Family, Joy and Peace. We'll try some smaller balls too just for a bit of balance. And don't forget the tiny paper chains. Book pages and hot glue, baby, easy peasy and cheap! The snowflakes are punched then glued together for a REALLY REALLY lovely garland, very simple and beautiful. LOVE IT! For a little extra body we suggest gluing two layers of paper together before punching. We're also trying some garlands of hearts and primitive stars. If you've got some craft punches try them out for some lovely and creative garlands for your Holiday House.

I crashed my stash for the metal star and the 18" twiggy trees, but really, everything and anything is a candidate for this classic, simple look. The paper looks so sweet against the deep green of the trees.

Christy made these gorgeous gorgeous paper flowers, they are so sweet nestled in the branches and give the whole tree a bit of needed texture. We're working on angel tree toppers made of more book pages and a couple of other surprise projects and we're having so much fun! We'll add a few more things and a bit of bling and who knows what else. We're a little giddy that way ;0)

I'll be posting the how tos for these sweet flowers starting this Saturday on the blog parties on my side bar. Please check back, they are super clever and easy to do, you'll want to make some for your own projects!

Have a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving holiday, dear friends, and be sure to count your blessings during this most personal time of the year. Life is beautiful. And please, as James Taylor sings, "Shower the people you love with love, show them the way you feel, things are gonna be much better if you only will."

See you on Saturday!


  1. Oh, what clever little elves you are turning out to be! Love everything on this post and can't wait to learn how to make those little flowers!
    Happy turkey day!


  2. Your tree is beautiful! I'm trying to build up my collection of Christmas whites:) I'll be on the lookout for the flower tutorial!

  3. Your designs are wonderful. I have also had a great time with book page designs this season. I have been enjoying your blog for the last few months and finally have one of my own so I can comment. Happy Thanksgiving.

  4. I love the look...absolutely love it.

  5. Love the paper flowers.

    Happy Thanksgiving! La

  6. Wonderful! I've been making ornaments lately. I think I'll try "paging" some of them! Thanks for the idea.

  7. So pretty. I am in love with your star! I've been thinking of doing this simple neutral color scheme for my tree but don't know if it'll fly with 4 young ones who of course want all the glitter and glitz and bright colors.

  8. Snap! I think I missed something. Where's the tutorial for the gorgeous balls or did you do something like that for Halloween? I so want to do these for my tree. Please?????

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  9. I love your snowflake garland. Gorgeous!

  10. Love the garland! What a great idea!

  11. Oh, this is lovely. I am in love with using book pages to decorate. I would love to see how you made those flowers. Making a garland would be a fun project to do with the kiddos as well. Thank you so much for sharing!

  12. Beautiful! I love the modpodge stars the best. Thanks for linking up!


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