Are you one of those amazing people with your tree decorated and all your presents wrapped the first week of December?

Or maybe you haven’t even begun hanging wreaths or stringing lights.

Whichever camp you’re in….there is still plenty of time to make a few whimsical paperback book Christmas trees.

They are really popular this year, too.


Make Paperback Christmas Trees ::


How do I know this?

This post from last year is currently my number one, most viewed post, hands down.

The good thing….I wrote a simple and easy to follow tutorial for creating your own amazing paperback book Christmas trees for you to “pin” until you gather your supplies.  Which makes this a great craft.  No supplies are needed besides an old paperback book!

If you’ve ever thought about trying your hand at these…do it now.

You might even make some for gifts.  Last year we made at least twenty.

And the best part is that they cost next to nothing and they are handmade.  That’s a win win!

Pop on over to the tutorial and start making your own forest of Christmas trees.


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this week at An Extraordinary Day:


The Week at a Glance 12/7 ::


It was an Extraordinary week here on the blog.

Here’s a rundown of  this week’s posts…

  1. Catch up on all that’s Extraordinary ::  The Week at a Glance 11/29   ~ A recap of the week’s posts.
  2. Light the Candle of Hope :: Joy Day!  ~ On this first Sunday of Advent we light the candle of hope and rejoice in our HOPE…Jesus.
  3. My Favorite Christmas Book :: Letters From Father Christmas  ~ We have a stack of Christmas books we put out each year.  I couldn’t resist telling you about my favorite Christmas book.
  4. Not Your Typical DIY Advent Candle Wreath  ~ It all started with a blogger Dollar Tree Challenge.


Humbled and blessed.

What a lovely blessing to have a  few of my posts included in the features from the weekly link-ups at these sites where I “party”:  Oh My! Creative    ~    52 Mantels

My Christmas Sweater Stocking was featured with some pretty prestigious company here: Top Inspired 

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On a Personal Note

Some weeks are pretty ordinary….even for a girl who attempts to live an Extraordinary life.  I have enjoyed blessing my friend by doing a few extra things like putting up and decorating her Christmas tree and working with her on a few other festive arrangements.  If the sun ever shines again, I’ll try to do a photoshoot and share a few things in an upcoming post.

So tell me…what good things have made your week?

Wishing you an Extraordinary weekend!


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  1. Mel says

    Heavy fog and sunrises at the dam……talk about peaceful moments in my vehicle, just being. Bit cold to be doing some quiet moments out of the car. We’re talking -8 with the wind. Sitting in a cozy car is the better part of wisdom! 😉

    And I love those little trees on their cute stands. Easy to see how that became the most referred to post.
    Enjoy that weekend. And for the record, I find it hard to believe that you decorating anything… ordinary. JUST sayin’……. 😉

    • Diane says

      Oh Mel…except for the cold…it sounds magical. How it must fill your heart and senses.

      Awww….thanks for your kind words about the trees and my decorating. You are the best!! [hugs]

  2. Debby says

    What a blessing to see the Tolkien book mentioned on your blog this week!! I’ve been looking for a Christmas book that I saw on Amazon recently, but mistakenly thought it was one by C.S. Lewis. It was a “God Thing” to read your blog and get pointed in the right direction. My husband has been battling cancer for 2 1/2 years so he’s requested we not buy him a lot of “stuff” this year. Since he just finished reading the biographies of both C.S. Lewis and Tolkien, this book will be a great gift for him! Thank you for mentioning it on your blog, which by the way, I love!! Your paperback book trees already inspired me this week to head to the library today to see what the “free” pile has. Have a blessed AND extraordinary day!

    • Diane says

      I love how God directs our paths. 🙂
      Thanks for all your kind words, Debby.
      May your husband receive healing and may your Christmas be extraordinarily blessed. [hugs]

  3. marlene says

    Seeing these trees made of books brought back many fond memories for me. I am now 58, but when I was in second grade our teacher taught us how to make Christmas items from things that our parents sent in to the classroom. Tissue paper wreaths, wreaths made fom glass ornaments, (plastic was just getting affordable), and trees made from the Reader’s Digest. They looked just like these, minus the stands. My brother and I loved making them so much we made as many as we could and sold them door to door in our neighborhood. I have not thought about them in many years. I forwarded this blog to my 84 year old mother who laughed at the memory! Thank you so much.

    • Diane says

      Marlene….I love reading your story!! What a great memory for you and your brother.
      Thanks for sharing it!

      Hope your week is Extraordinary!

  4. Amy W says

    This is so so cool. It looks like it would take a while, but so worth the effort! I’d love for you to share at our Link It or Lump It party!!

  5. Those book trees are gorgeous! I love them! Pinning for inspiration 🙂
    Visiting from the Marvelous Mondays link party!

    • Diane says

      Thank you so much Brynne! I hope you’re able to make two or three. They really go quickly and are so whimsical.
      Thanks for popping by and pinning, too!

  6. Love it. Thanks for sharing on the Monday Funday link party!

    • Diane says

      Awww…thanks for your kind words and for popping by Pauline!
      I too was privileged last summer to be a guest host at Monday Funday!! Have fun!!

  7. Hi your Christmas trees are pretty and I saw it at craft o maniac party!
    Julie at Julie’s Lifestyle

    • Diane says

      Hey Julie!! Thanks for popping by with your kind words!!
      Hope your week is Extraordinary!

  8. What a great story! I’m stopping by from Marvelous Monday link up & I’m a new follower through Facebook. I hope your having a great day!

    • Diane says

      I love the name of your blog Leslie!!
      Thanks for your kind words and for joining in the fun there too!
      Hope your week is extraordinary!

  9. Ann says

    I love the book trees. They look so wonderful on their pretty stands. I pinned your tutorial. Thanks.

    • Diane says

      Thanks Ann!! I do hope you get a chance to make a mini forest for yourself. 🙂

  10. Yana says

    This is so cool! Pretty simple, but I never would have thought of it!

    • Diane says

      You are so sweet Yana!!
      Thanks for popping over and leaving your kind words. [hugs]

  11. These are great! I love the whimsy in them…well,well done

    • Diane says

      Awwww…thank you so much Kim!! There’s nothing like a bit of whimsy to help us not take life so seriously. Yes?

  12. Tammy says

    I love your folded paperback trees. We made some last year, but I didn’t think about putting them on a stand. What a good idea. It really adds to the charm.

    • Diane says

      Oh Tammy…you must find stands for yours. Mine are candlestick holders…but you can be creative to try other things too.
      Thanks for popping by with your kind words.

  13. Your paper trees are so adorable!! I LOVE them!
    Mary Alice

    • Diane says

      Thank you sooooo much Mary Alice!!
      Merry Christmas!!

  14. Your paper trees are absolutely stunning. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

    • Diane says

      You are too kind, Marty! Thank you for the words of encouragement. 🙂

  15. It’s Deonna from the Child at Heart blog! I love this post and would love for you to link up to the Merriest Blog Hop and share your creations!

    • Diane says

      Awwww…thanks Deonna!! And what a lovely name you have too!

  16. I found you on the Inspiration Exchange Linky Party {I’m #6} and I find this completely fascinating! What a NEAT craft!! Thanks for sharing:)

    • Diane says

      Awwww…Marisa….thank you soooo much!! Oh I do hope you’ll try your hand at them. Really you could create a forest in a short time. 😉
      Wishing you a blessed season of Advent.

  17. These are so cool! I love them! Thanks for linking to Snickerdoodle Sunday!

    • Diane says

      Awww…thanks girls!! And thank you for the invitation. 🙂

  18. Angel says

    These trees are awesome. Thanks for sharing at Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop.

    • Diane says

      Awww…thank you sooo much Angel!! I’m grinning from ear to ear!
      Hope your weekend is Extraordinary!!

  19. Athena at Minerva's Garden says

    I like book projects, and so I think your book trees are really lovely!

    • Diane says

      Awwww…thanks Athena. I’m a huge fan of book page projects too.

  20. This is such a fun, creative and unique idea. Thank you for sharing and for linking up to Thrifty Thursday.

    • Diane says

      My face is sporting a great big grin. 😀
      Thank you sooo much Ruth!!
      We had such fun making and blessing friends with our little forest of trees.

  21. Love the book trees! Thanks for sharing this at TTF!

  22. Adorable! Thanks for sharing at Silver Pennies Sundays! x

    • Diane says

      Thank you so much Danielle! 🙂
      Hope your enjoying your season of Advent.

  23. Sandi says

    Diane, those book trees are really cute! Thank you for sharing at my HOME and enjoy your weekend.

    Christmas blessings,

  24. Thanks so much for sharing this. I’d missed it last year! I’ve now pinned the tutorial to my Christmas board. 🙂

    • Diane says

      I’m glad you like it, Richella. 🙂 Hope you have time to whip up a small forest. 😉

  25. I’ve seen lots of book trees but I’m liking yours the best. Placing them on the pedestal is absolutely genius! Thanks so much for sharing at Link It or Lump It this week!

    • Diane says

      Awww…Allison…that makes me feel so good. Thank you for your kind and encouraging words. [hugs]

  26. HI Diane,
    Thank you so much for linking up your adorable Paperback Book Christmas Trees at the Link It or Lump It Link party last week. I wanted to let you know that one of my co-hosts picked your trees as a feature this week. Come on over and grab a button and don’t forget to link up again this week!

    • Diane says

      Awww…thank you so much Melissa!!
      I’ll be sure to pop over!

  27. Those book trees are just awesome! I featured them tonight at the Project Inspire{d} link party!

    • Diane says

      Thanks soooo much Randi! I’m thrilled to be included in your round-up tonight.

      Wishing you and yours an extraordinary Christmas!

  28. Judy says

    These are the more awesome trees. I will be featuring this tonight at my Fall into Fall party that opens at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pick up an I’ve Been Featured button. Thanks.

    • Diane says

      Judy, you just made my day! Thank you so much!! [hugs]

  29. Karen says

    Diane, thank you so much for sharing this project at Redoux. I have been seeing it around, and I can’t wait to try to make one for myself. I am featuring at my party tomorrow at Redoux 🙂

    • Diane says

      Awww…Karen….you just made my day!!! 🙂 Thank you so much!
      And please do give it a try….they’re pretty quick to make…even though they’re repetitious.

  30. Well, I just love your paperback trees. I have bookmarked this tutorial for next year! Thank you for sharing at TTF. I hope you and your family have a wonderful and blessed Christmas!

  31. These are so cute! When I was a kid, we used to make paper Christmas trees by folding the pages, one at a time inwards to make a triangle, then we’d fold the book backwards and attach it to itself like it was a pyramid. Then we’d spray paint it green and decorate it. It was so tedious as a kid, folding each page!!

    • Diane says

      Misty, I think these are a lot like your childhood trees. 🙂 But as adults, they go a lot lot faster. 😉
      Merry Christmas!

  32. These are great! I love that the pages are standing up instead of flat-so creative! Thank you so much for linking up to Get Your DIY On! I hope you’ll join us today with your “all-star” projects!!

    Mandy @ The Hankful House Blog

    • Diane says

      Awwww….you are so nice to say that, Mandy! And thanks for the lovely invite! [hugs]


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