Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Paperback Book Christmas Tree!

Thank you to:  kaylaaimee.com for allowing me to use this post!

I remember making a tree like this when I was very young.  I think this will be a great project for my granddaughter and me to make this weekend!
How To: Make A Paperback Christmas Tree

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How To: Make A Paperback Christmas Tree
How To: Make A Paperback Christmas Tree
This decorative paperback christmas tree is super cute, easy to make, and affordable. It’s even a great craft to do with your kids, although I recommend letting an adult do the cutting with the exacto knife. That’s how we do it in my house. I mean, we don’t have kids but my husband is a little leery of leaving me alone with sharp objects. I can’t ever imagine why. (UPDATE: We totally have a kid now but J has still not changed his position on the whole “sharp object” thing)
There are several variations you can make on these trees (like the rolled tree & the full glitter cameo tree in the background) that you can learn to make HERE.
supplies needed for paperback christmas tree tutorial
A paperback book
– you can use one you already own or pick up an old holiday themed book at a thrift store!
An exacto knife
Dry adhesive

Optional supplies: glitter and glue (I used Martha Stewart tinsel glitter in brownstone and gold, as well as Martha Stewart glittering glue w/brush applicator. It’s hands down the best glue for applying glitter.)

Step By Step Instructions For Making A Paperback Christmas Tree
Step One:
Find a paperback book. Oh look, I found a few. That is because I inherited 352580551 paperback books of my grandmothers and they are currently multiplying themselves around my house.
Paperback Christmas Tree Tutorial Step 1
Paperback Christmas Tree Tutorial Step 1
Step Two: Gently remove the cover so that it is naked. I hope your book is not modest. Mine did some nude modeling back in art school.
Paperback Christmas Tree Tutorial Step 2
Paperback Christmas Tree Tutorial Step 2
Step Three: Count out 30 pages of your book. This is where page numbers come in handy.
Paperback Christmas Tree Tutorial Step 3
Paperback Christmas Tree Tutorial Step 3
Step Four: Use an exacto knife to slice down the spine where you’ve partitioned off your thirty pages. Don’t worry, the book won’t feel a thing.
Paperback Christmas Tree Tutorial Step 4
Paperback Christmas Tree Tutorial Step 4
Step Five: Repeat steps three and four. You should have two sets of thirty pages that look like this:
Paperback Christmas Tree Tutorial Step 5
Paperback Christmas Tree Tutorial Step 5
Step Six: Now take one section of the book and lie it on the table so that the spine is facing left, as shown. Grasp the top right corner and fold it down so that the edge of the corner is touching the spine.
Paperback Christmas Tree Tutorial Step 6
Paperback Christmas Tree Tutorial Step 6
Step Seven: Now grasp the part of the page where the folded edge meets the straight edge. Fold it over so that the part of the page that it already folded from the last step will be flush with the spine. It’s just like folding a paper airplane.
Paperback Christmas Tree Tutorial Step 7
Paperback Christmas Tree Tutorial Step 7
Step Eight: either fold the overhanging part of the page up, or cut it off. I prefer to cut mine. It will sit well either way.
Paperback Christmas Tree Tutorial Step 8
Paperback Christmas Tree Tutorial Step 8
Step Nine: Continue to do this until all of the pages are folded.
Paperback Christmas Tree Tutorial Step 9a
Paperback Christmas Tree Tutorial Step 9a
Paperback Christmas Tree Tutorial Step 9b
Paperback Christmas Tree Tutorial Step 9b
Paperback Christmas Tree Tutorial Step 9c
Paperback Christmas Tree Tutorial Step 9c
Step Ten: Take the other set of thirty pages and flip it so that the spine is on the right. Repeat steps six through eight.
Paperback Christmas Tree Tutorial Step 10
Paperback Christmas Tree Tutorial Step 10
Step Eleven(OPTIONAL): Now hold the book page with the folded part towards you and brush glue along the edges. Then dip the edges into glitter and shake off the excess.
Paperback Christmas Tree Tutorial Step 11
Paperback Christmas Tree Tutorial Step 11
Paperback Christmas Tree Tutorial Step 11a
Paperback Christmas Tree Tutorial Step 11a
Note: when you use the glitter, you’ll have to gently seperate the page edges afterwards so that the glue doesn’t adhere the pages together.
Step Twelve: Lay the folded pages down and apply dry adhesive liberally to the front and last page
Paperback Christmas Tree Tutorial Step 12
Paperback Christmas Tree Tutorial Step 12
Step Thirteen: Press the two edges of each set together, lining up the edges. Open the pages and curl around until you can do the same both sides.
Paperback Christmas Tree Tutorial Step 13
Paperback Christmas Tree Tutorial Step 13
Step Fourteen: Sit it up and let dry! Occasionally you’ll need to add some glue to the very top of the tree, along the inside edge to keep it from gapping but if you use enough dry adhesive that shouldn’t be a problem! Sit back and enjoy all the compliments you get on your awesome tree.
Paperback Christmas Tree Tutorial
Paperback Christmas Tree Tutorial

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Easy French Toast Casserole!

My daughter, Tara, entered a contest with a recipe that she created.  If she wins they will feature her recipe on their website.  I was wondering if you would all go vote for her for me.  If you vote, they are giving away (3) $500.00 gift certificates and you could win one of those!  Her recipe is called: 
Easy French Toast Casserole
by: Tara of Unsophisticook
Here is the link:
You can vote once a day and increase your changes of winning the gift certificates.  Not many people on the site, so chances should be good, even though I am claiming one of those gift certificates!  LOL  She is a very good cook, so you might want to try out her recipe!  Thank you so much for helping me!  Cindy