book print christmas

It’s no secret that I love anything book print.
So it’s not surprising I inject it into my Christmas decor.
I just made the book print tree with the glittery star using a Styrofoam tree form.
I ripped pieces from a book I picked up either at a thrift store or dollar tree.
I then inked all the edges to give it an aged look.
Afterwards I decoupaged all the book print pieces, overlapping & covering the entire styrofoam tree form.
Before the decoupage medium is totally dry I dusted the tree with glitter to give it a bit of a sheen.
I do most of this in front of the TV with the family {probably watching the food network OR football, depending on the day & time}.
Last year I made the staggered square book print pieces book in the background with the mini bulldog clip tree topper.
There are tutorials for all of these all over blogland.
a few years ago a made this book out of a cheap novel I picked up at a thrift store & topped it w/ a mini ornament.
I love my book print trio.
But I didn’t stop there.
I also found a bag of plastic ornaments in the garage from last year that clearly I never got to.
So what’s a girl to do?  Well keep decoupaging of course.
Everything looks better under a cloche right?
Or in a big bowl.
I used black ink for the edges of the ornaments & also dusted them with glitter.
Finished them off with complimenting ribbon.
This is a small detail to exemplify my bookprint compulsion.
Found this ornament sign weeks ago, before I started thinking about Christmas, at Hobby Lobby.  Once I saw it I knew it had to come home with me.
Miss M insisted it had to hang on the typewriter so there it sits.
Have you finished your santa duties?
I’m almost done.  The kids are off for winter break this coming Friday so I need to finish everything before then {clearly they do not read my blog ; )}.
I added these santas to my collection this year.
I had promised myself I wouldn’t buy anymore but I couldn’t resist these guys.
I’m proud to admit I’ve shown restraint on purchasing new Christmas decor this year {probably ‘cuz we own so much as it is}.
I’ve been creating, more than buying.
I love crafting items because it makes them unique to our family AND keeps me busy & out of trouble.
happy creating & decorating!
sharing @:
amaze me monday @ dwellings- the heart of the home
the scoop @ stonegable
make it pretty monday @ the dedicated house
metamorphis monday @ between naps on the porch
inspire me monday @ my uncommon slice of suburbia
stta @ karen’s up on the hill
show & share @ coastal charm
mmm @ keeping it simple
inspire me tuesday @ a stroll thru life
wow @ savvy southern style
what’s it wednesday @ ivy & elephants
fall into fall @ diy by design
wordless wednesday @ oh my heartsie girl
wake-up wednesday @ god’s growing garden
treasure hunt thursday @ from my front porch to yours
home & garden @ a delightsome life
syc @ have a daily cup of mrs. olson
vintage charm party @ charm bracelet diva



  1. Love all that you have done!

  2. Dana says:

    I love all of the crafts you featured! Each is lovely and unique, but the ‘print’ theme is so adorably unifying!
    Merry Christmas! Dana

  3. Connie says:

    Mary Jo, your “creations” are awesome! I was a Christmas Junky or at least that’s what I called myself for years. Just downsized from a 10 room 150 year old home with full attic and basement. At one time, I decorated each room (bathrooms too), hallways, attic and basement plus the porch. It was a dream come true for me and the perfect “grandma” house. Those were wonderful memories – your trees bring back those memories for me. My DH said that 3/4 of our attic was Christmas décor – the other half our treasurers that we changed out through the year.
    Enjoy your “stuff” as long as you can and create many warm and beautiful memories for your family.
    Connie, FL/IN

  4. Jann Olson says:

    Mary Jo, I love all of your book page projects! I am a big fan of book page crafts as well. I made a stacked one and a folded one a few years ago. Love the other one you made too! I could not have passed up those sweet Santas either. Happy New Year and thanks for sharing with SYC.

  5. thanks deanie! hope you had a fabulous christmas and new year. xo- maryjo

  6. thanks dana. i love anything w/ bookprint on it. not sure why? love how you can adopt it to different holidays and themes. hope you had a good christmas & happy new year. xo- mj

  7. thanks connie! i would kill for a basement! i grew up back east but have lived in california the last 20 years & basements don’t exist out here. so needless to say my attic is pretty packed. wishing you a fabulous new year. xo- mj

  8. thanks jann. hope you had a fabulous christmas and looking forward to sharing more in the new year. xo- mj

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