17 Incredible Ways to Use Books as Christmas Decorations

‘Tis the season for holiday decorating, and being bookworms, we wondered how to incorporate books into our Christmas decor. As usual, Pinterest was a treasure trove of ideas, and, thanks to some clever users, we found excellent ways to bring our books down from the bookshelves this winter. From wreaths to Advent calendars to trees, here are 17 incredible ways to deck the halls with books!

1. Stack books of various shapes and sizes for a tabletop tree.

Table tree

2. Add lights.

Add lights

3. You can also stack them in the shape of a snowman.


Reams of paper work well for the body.


4. Cover books in holiday wrapping paper and place them around the house.

Wrapped books

5. You can also stack covered books into a tree.

Wrapped books tree 

 6. Wrap books in white paper and use metallic doilies as snowflakes.

Metallic snowflakes

7. Flip the books around and tape magazine cutouts of letters to the pages.

Magazine letters

 8. Display children’s Christmas books near a cozy reading spot.

Childhood books

Kids will love the easy access to their favorite holiday books, and adults will enjoy flipping through the pages for a bit of nostalgia.

9. Incorporate classic Christmas books into a charming centerpiece.

Stack Christmas books in a centerpiece

10. Get started on a literary Advent calendar.


Open a book per day in the month of December!

11. The Advent calendar makes a beautiful mantel display.

ADvent 2

12. You can also stack it on a side table.

ADvent 3

For the following decorations, we don’t advocate destroying books. But you may have old books that are beyond readable and can serve a new purpose. Newspapers or sheets of music also make great substitutes for these projects.

13. Paperbacks can be converted into Christmas trees.

Paperback trees

14. You can also make a tree out of individual book pages.

Tree pages

15. Use a book as a holder to display holiday greeting cards.

Card holder

16. Use book pages to make ornaments.


The glitter adds a festive touch!

17. Finally, here’s an awesome wreath made out of book pages.

Book wreath


Author: mccullum001

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20 thoughts on “17 Incredible Ways to Use Books as Christmas Decorations”

  1. Wow!! These are all wonderfully inventive and look spectacular! I must admit I have reservations about tearing actual pages out of a book to make an ornament. The greeting card holder looks amazing and welcoming! 😀😀

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  2. Fabulous post! Now I know what to do with all that newspaper. My favorite is #4 and I’ve always got leftover wrapping paper to put to use. From the time my oldest son was born, I displayed all of my many Christmas books in a quiet corner where they could go read or be read to at any time. I am still displaying these same books for my little granddaughters to enjoy.

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