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Monday, December 20, 2010

Magazine Christmas Tree

Handmade decorations for the holiday are so fun because they are unique every year and you don’t have to store them!

A magazine tree, or two or three, will be the perfect center piece for your holiday table!Magazine Tree
All you really need is a magazine. It has to be thick like a Martha Stewart magazine. You can also add paint or a marker and glitter with Mod Podge. I found this on Make the Best Of What’s Around, who saw this on the Martha Stewart Show.DSCN4598
First, start by folding the top outside corner of the cover page to the spine so the folded part forms a triangle. Get comfortable, this will take a little while :)DSCN4599
Now, grab the outside corner of the triangle you just created and fold that to the spine, as seen below.DSCN4600
On the bottom of the page there will be a triangle sticking out. Fold that up and inside the page you just folded.DSCN4601
Now keep folding…DSCN4603
and folding…DSCN4604
and folding…DSCN4606
Until all the pages of your magazine are folded. It should be full enough to fill out the shape of a tree, and if desired you can paper clip the two cover pages together to encourage fullness of your tree. Or, that side can be the back.DSCN4614
You can leave it like this, or you can paint or color the tree. I just took a green marker along the edge of each page for some color. DSCN4619
I then Mod Podged the edge of each page and sprinkled glitter on it for some flare. DSCN4615
Set on your table with other fun decorations and enjoy your Christmas day feast :).DSCN4623
It’s a simple and fun way to recycle and decorate.

I’m linking up to DIY Project Parade @ The DIY Showoff, Mad Skills Link Party @ Support Blog for Moms of Boys, Anything Related @ All Thingz Related, Homemaker Monday @ 11th Heaven’s Homemaking Haven, the holiday link up @ The DIY Showoff, and Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays @ Coastal Charm.


  1. I love you magazine tree - so cool! Thanks so much for sharing it!

  2. I made one of these a long time ago with a Reader's Digest. It was fun!

  3. Turned out great. Thank you for mentioning my Blog! Happy Holidays to you and your family.

  4. What a great tutorial. Merry Christmas.

  5. I remember these from way back when Reader's Digest was in every household, and you could make a cute little full tree. Thanks for bringing this cute and clever idea back to life. This would be so much fun to do with my grandchildren.