A couple of years ago when we were in our slightly tinier apartment I made this Christmas tree book shelf. It was a homage to one that I had seen in a store front window during a trip to NYC. God I love that place. I’ve decided that NYC is my sister home. Julian loves it just as much. We even have a motorized subway train car that mimics the F train’s route because that’s the one we took to and from our air bnb in Brooklyn when we visited for Thanksgiving. NYC is a place that draws us for some reason and feeling it’s presence around the holidays can make this time of year seem so much brighter. We have this perfect built-in bookshelf in our living room so I thought we’d build another one for this Christmas. When I told Julian about my vision, I swear to you… this 7 year old angel child looked me straight in the eyes and said, “It looks like we got a lot of crafting to do”. A boy after my soul.
We put on ELF, split a peanut butter whoppie pie, and went to town! Julian loved tearing and handing me the pieces of tape to wrap the books and had a surprising amount of opions over the design.
Anyway- our bookshelf christmas tree is my favorite thing. It’s a great piece to act in place of a christmas tree in an apartment that won’t fit one or as a stunning addition to your holiday decor.
Here’s what you gotta do…
- Pick out your favorite Christmas books and movies and set aside.
- Take your larger books and DVD sets (we used about 10) and wrap them to be your Christmas tree fillers.
- Now look at your book case and look at what you got! Collect any holiday themed items that may fit your vision. What you have to use could be a wrapped book, a holiday ornament or figurine that goes with your color scheme, a book cover, a picture! Anything goes!
- Shape it! Heavy at the bottom, skinny at the top. Balance books and organize pieces to fit the shape of a tree.
- Doll her up! We had so much fun adding bits and pieces to the tree after we created it’s initial shape. We hung ornaments by the book shelves and added pinecones, candles and bows to empty spaces. <3