DIY Vintage Book Christmas Tree Decoration

Updated: Oct 20, 2020

For our wedding back in September, the majority of the decor we used to accessorize the event space was made up of previously loved items. A lot of the things I incorporated into my design plans happened to be stuff I'd collected over the years, and had already been using as decor in our house. From thrift store finds to vintage treasures to hand-me-downs, if it fit into the vision I had in my head for that day, I found a way to put it to good use.

When it came to centrepieces, the last thing I wanted to do was spend a bunch of money on over-the-top floral arrangements. So, instead of doing that, I decided to use one of my favourite thrift shop finds to add colour, personality, and charm to each table: old books!

To be honest, I have Joanna Gaines of Fixer Upper to thank for my hearty, vintage library. Anyone who's ever watched the show or is familiar with Gaines' style knows how much of an impact a set of worn-out books can have. And by mixing various sizes and colours together, you can come up with a look that packs just as much of a punch as a bouquet of fresh flowers.

Now, the point of this post isn't that Andrew and I saved a bunch of money by using miscellaneous garage sale and secondhand shop purchases to decorate our wedding venue. It's actually to demonstrate how some of those items i.e. the old books can be used for other things, like Christmas decor!

To find out how you can use pretty books from a thrift store to create an illuminated, miniature Christmas tree for your home, check out the easy-to-follow tutorial below.


  • Old green books in various shades and sizes

  • Metal bucket

  • Mini tree star

  • Battery-operated LED fairy lights

As you can see, there aren't very many things needed for this project. Other than the books, I was able to find everything at the dollar store yes, even the gorgeous fairy lights!

I should also point out that you don't necessarily have to stick to a green colour scheme when it comes to the books you choose to work with. I ended up mixing in a blue one here and there, and I think it really enhanced the overall look of my tree. And if you're feeling extra adventurous, why not go in the complete opposite direction and try a totally unexpected palette made up of pink, orange, or purple?!