Bookish Christmas Trees: ‘Tis the Season for Sustainability

Want Christmas trees that are beautiful and good for the environment? Make a Bookmas tree! We found 22 festive examples to inspire you to make the switch.

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While everyone is either chopping down a tree or putting up their artificial one, there are some people online that have found a sustainable way to celebrate the holidays. It may take some time, but the results are priceless. Add a Christmas tree made entirely out of books in your home today! These Christmas trees will not only get you to use books that haven’t been read in a while, but you also get to save a tree and cut back from using a plastic one. It’s the best of both worlds!

We gathered posts from The Book Hangout Spot on Facebook, some examples from Instagram, and searched through Twitter to find some of the grandest and most unique Bookmas trees of the year! Keep reading to see if setting up a Bookmas tree is in your future!

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Gloria Satcher from The Book Hangout Spot certainly had a fun time setting up her bookish Christmas tree, and it seems like a furry feline was also curious about the fun addition as well.

“My first attempt at a book Christmas tree this year! I love it! I think Athena does too!”

Gloria Satcher, The Book Hangout Spot

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A Bookmas tree doesn’t have to take up too much space in your home. As Nicole Medin found out, they can work as cute decorations on an end table!

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If you’re worried about limited space for a Christmas tree, follow Caitlin Mckee’s lead! Your Bookmas trees don’t have to take up as much space as you thought!

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Your Christmas tree of books doesn’t have to be kept in your home. When you go to your library or favorite bookstore, look and see if they have their own Bookmas tree set up! Melissa Pawley’s library created their Christmas tree for all to see.

“Happy Holidays from my library to yours!”

Melissa Pawley, The Book Hangout Spot

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Only have a few books for your Bookmas tree? No problem! Catherine Payton has shown us all that it doesn’t take many books to make a bookish statement! The Santa hat is truly the cherry on top!

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Putting lights on your bookish Christmas tree is standard, but if you want to add a little bit more bling, use some of your leftover ornaments. Gurbakhash Bussan decorated their Bookmas tree to the nines!

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Diana Blanco from The Book Hangout Spot placed her Christmas tree in the best place! Everything looks so aesthetically pleasing, that this tree gets five-out-of-five star toppers.

“Today I set up my Christmas tree made of books after inspiration from this group. ❤️

Diana Blanco, The Book Hangout Spot

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Lots of people are ready for Christmas, but there are those that wish to turn back the clock to Halloween. But why not combine the two holidays? Member Lisa Frattali has the right idea! With a mix of horror novels and Jack Skellington in the background, this Bookmas horror tree is hauntingly beautiful.

“I was inspired by all the book trees and made a little one of my own. Can’t wait to keep adding to it!”

Lisa Frattali, The Book Hangout Spot

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For those on Instagram, these bookworms went all out on their trees. For user, @turnthepagewithtay, she put out all the stops for her Christmas tree of books.

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Trying new things is always exciting, and Instagram user, @bookswithstace had success with their first try at making a Bookmas tree!

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For their first Christmas tree made of books, user @gscupofbooks knocked it out of the park! It doesn’t take many books to have a stunning Bookmas tree, all it takes is a little bit of inspiration from the bookish community.

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Needing some books to make your bookish tree? How about using books from your TBR? Instagram user, @coffeestainsandpages, made their Bookmas tree from all of the books on their TBR list! If you aren’t going to read them anytime soon, you might as well use them to make an adorable decoration.

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Even though the Christmas season starts after Thanksgiving, many have used the month of September to start showcasing their holiday spirit. Instagram page @mrsjpendleton, knows the feeling. All that extra time decorating their Bookmas tree surely paid off!

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Only have a handful of books for your book-themed tree? Then you can make something truly extraordinary. Instagram page, @kaitread.s has shared their take on bookish trees. Even though it’s simple, this Christmas tree stands out.

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Check out the steady progress from @katieneedsabiggerbookshelf! Putting up a Bookmas tree has been a tradition for them for years! And now all of that practice has paid off. Looking from where they started to now is inspirational.

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The star topper pulls in all the decoration for any tree, and @septimusy2 put a real shining star on top of their Christmas tree made of books. Who doesn’t like Baby Yoda/Grogu? I might take notes from them and make my own Mandalorian Bookmas tree.

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We can’t get enough of this Bookmas tree! If you have too many books and not enough space this Christmas, use those extra books to make your Christmas tree. @LornaSixsmith on Twitter captured the spirit of Bookishness perfectly!

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Schools know how to do it best! The East Minico Middle School library in Rupert, Idaho pulled out all the stops for their Bookmas tree. I absolutely love the way they used the bookshelf to make the tree more realistic.

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Teamwork makes the dream work! Look at the stunning tree that students at the OLS library made. By all working together, they were able to find old-fashioned covers to make the tree really pop.

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TWEET VIA @hudlib

With an endless amount of books at their disposal, it’s no wonder that libraries have made some of the most impressive Bookmas trees, but this one goes one step further. Instead of using store-bought decorations, all the ornaments are little origami pieces! Talk about attention to detail!

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Want to see the whole process of how to make your own Christmas tree made of books? Twitter user @maditales shared her time-lapse video of how she formed her tree. It definitely takes a lot, but boy are the results worth it!

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Let’s end this list with a bang! I can’t even imagine how many books it took to make this Bookmas tree at the Yale medical library. From a distance, it looks like an actual Christmas tree. How does it get better than this?

Among the 22 examples, we hope you found a tree that inspired you to change from artificial trees to Christmas trees made of books. From big to small, your tree will dazzle all your bookish friends. We at Bookstr wish you a Merry Bookmas and a happy new year!


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