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How Many Christmas Trees Does It Take To Make 12 Christmas Trees Made Out Of Books?


I’m a traditional kind of gal but I have to admit, seeing the creative things people do with their Christmas trees this time of year really makes me want to try something unique. But did you know there’s a whole segment of people who make Christmas trees out of books? I found this top image on Facebook but hit the jump for 11 more prime examples of Christmas Book Trees. 

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You can learned how to make this one on Instructables.

via MediaTinker

via JCULibraryNews

via BoingBoing

via Unconsumption

via Eyenstyn

via Shawn Calhoun

via Black Gate

via Real Simple

And lastly, because we found it via Wil Wheaton’s tumblr and it’s full of geeky goodness…

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  • Anonymous

    I’m sad for the ruined spines on some of those! D:

  • Anonymous

    so cute!  im a little nervous about hot christmas lights being around so much paper, but thats just the librarian in me..
    .

  • Anonymous

    “How many Christmas trees does it take to make 12 Christmas trees…”  There’s a riddle in here somewhere.  Because shouldn’t the obvious answer be 12?? 

    Also, when did writing for “professional” sites become nothing more than throwing together three poorly crafted sentences followed by a collection of images from Facebook and/or tumblr?  Web “journalists” are making me so dumb.

  • Anonymous

    I was referring to the paper used to make the actual books, but thanks for playing! Sorry you’re not enjoying our “fun” posts.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CIPKMOXHLA5KG34HMH55OXHCVM Angel H.

    Got turned down by the Times again, didn’t you?

  • Anonymous

    i love perspective bias… and while having the bias is fine, its unavoidable…. not stopping to check for it before blundering into an assumption.. thats not fine!

    I got your joke on the first read Jill.. well played!

  • Jama Watts

    I really want to make a couple of these for our library!

  • ZenPoseur

    Web “journalists” are making me so dumb.

    Ah, so that’s how it happened.

    Mystery solved, people.  We can go home.

  • Anonymous

    Wow, those were all creative. Most of them were unique – impressive.

  • http://twitter.com/mattrweaver Matt Weaver

    I think Amazon could use any of these pictures in an ad for the Kindle!

  • Donna H

    I’ve had the same thought.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=531233972 Angela Burns

    I Love the creativety captured by all that knowledge and used in a neat way. To me books are very smart looking, because you think of all the intelligent wording and knowledge that it took to write and come up with the creation captured in that story or collection!! Brilliant and hats off to the artistic talent!! :D

  • Laura Hardin Marshall

    I thought the same thing. Whoever made the spine-killing trees either has some extra books to destroy or has no love of bibliography :(

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/OxfamBookshop-Kortrijk/100001492530706 OxfamBookshop Kortrijk

    one more from belgium: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.258938470832569.63562.100001492530706&type=1&l=efeab28b46 !!

  • Anonymous

    We built a seven-foot tall Bookmas tree made out of 568 bound periodicals. All of them checked out in my name. Hope I don’t return them late because I’m going to have one heckuva fine!!  There’s a picture of it at:

    http://www.library.tmc.edu/assets/images/ChristmasTree2011Small.jpg

    and step-by-step instructions with pictures at:

    http://digitalcommons.library.tmc.edu/library_press/8/

    Kate
    Krause

    Texas Medical Center Library

    Houston, TX  77030

    Tel: 713-799-7126  / Fax: 713-799-7180

    Email: kathryn.krause@exch.library.tmc.edu

  • Anonymous

    Bookmas Tree!

  • Shawn Calhoun

    We’re very careful at Gleeson Library – we love books!! http://www.flickr.com/photos/shawncalhoun/6517343619/ (our new tree from this year)

    The popcorn strings were shellacked, the candy canes are wrapped in plastic, the lights are low emission LED’s (that we turn off every night) and we ran a 1 month test with the apples before placing them. Plus, we hope our students will take all the treats before the end of the holidays when we return (carefully) all the books to the shelf. This is the third year we’ve built our tree and we have yet to harm one book.

  • carol

    I think the trees are wonderful – I have a used book store and I hope to do one in my store this year. tks Carol

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=694496665 Susan Jones

    LED lights are cool.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kirsten.ferguson1 Kirsten Ferguson

    Nice. Here’s my version of an alternative Christmas Tree. http://growingarowantree.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/how-to-build-christmas-tree.html

  • Anonymous

    We just completed our 2013 NUC book tree. This is the fifth year running we’ve made our tree and we still love doing it. Cheers! http://www.flickr.com/photos/shawncalhoun/sets/72157638332810065/