These West Elm paper trees majorly inspired me, but I did not love the price tag. I figured out that I could create a similar look using thrifted books!
I had several old thrifted books on hand from a previous intended project that I never got around to, so I grabbed a couple and got to work!
The first step was to remove the cover. Once I did that, I drew an outline of half of the shape of the tree. I first started with a simple triangle shape like this:
To create a more similar top to the West Elm trees, I wanted to to sharper corners on the different layers, so I added a couple of horizontal lines like so:
Then, I made new slanted vertical lines, connecting them to create the final tree shape:
On this particular one, I used a box cutter to cute through the layers of the book.
Once I got through all of the layers, I was left with this shape:
To make it 3D, I used hot glue down the spine of the book and held it together until the glue dried.
After a little fluffing, it looked like this:
I set it on top of a wooden napkin ring to add a little height, color, and texture. I love how it turned out! As for the book tree on the right, this is the shape I used for it:
It was a bit wider at the base and had rounded corners. I used scissors to cut this one out.
Be sure to come back next week when I share another DIY tree idea to fill up my shelf!