Easy Christmas Tree Decorations

If you have some free time and are searching for a fun DIY project that you can do with the kids for the holidays, making Christmas tree decorations is one of the most fun options that you can consider. Parents who remember those large paper Christmas tree decorations from the 60s and 70s will easily find the nostalgia in creating these unique decorations with their kids during the holidays. All you need for this project is a couple of phone books, spray paint, metal brads, and a few free hours to work on the trees. It’s important to understand that this is one of the more time consuming projects, so you may want to devote it to a day when you have plenty of free time.

You can begin by opening the phone book and folding the pages diagonally towards the inside. Your goal is to make each page diagonal, ultimately creating a point towards the top of the phone book. This aspect of the project takes the most time, which is why it’s always more fun to do with the kids. They will enjoy folding each page repeatedly. If the fumes of the old printed ink bothers anyone, you can open the window to help ventilate the room more. When all of the pages have finally been folded, you can move on to using the spray paint. As always, spray paint should only be used in a ventilated area. Ideally, you can leave these trees out to dry in your garage if you need to keep the fumes away from everyone as well, but another great option is to let them dry outside, assuming that the weather permits.

Begin spray painting each of the pages until it is covered with the paint. Depending on the type of spray paint that you are using, you may have to give the tree several coats over the period of the next few hours before it looks as dark as you would like. Some people prefer to spray paint their trees with a base color and then go over them with another color for detail. In example, you could spray paint the trees green first and then go over the dried tree with white or another color for a more unique look. When the paint has finally dried, you can attach brads to the outside covers of the tree and bind them together so that the book stays within its tree shape.

Amy Wright
Amy Wright is the Lead Editor of Remodeling Central. When she isn't playing with her dogs she is trying to remodel a classic Chicago style brownstone with her husband.

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