Christmas Tree Garland & Gift Wrap Embellishment

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…in July!
Like many of you, my family’s Christmas tree has a very eclectic look.  We have ornaments I’ve bought the kids each year, we have ornaments that were given to us, and ornaments the kids have made.  Each one is a memory of a Christmas past.
As much as I love it, I’d really love to have a Christmas tree that has an all soft color palette, with lots of texture, shades of white and natural elements combined with a few vintage touches.  It just seems such a pretty combination with the beauty of a pine tree.  Last year, a few of my older kids commented that they were ready for a more “mature” looking Christmas tree as well, so I decided to start working on some very simple projects for our tree.
 I use lots and lots of old book pages for many projects, and seem to have a never ending supply, so this project is one more way to use them up, while creating a simple garland for Christmas. 

Because the book pages and jute twine have a natural color tone, it can be displayed year-round without looking overly Christmasy.

To make the garland, I cut out 40 trees and doubled them up, so there were 20 pine trees on the garland.  I used a little glue on the twine, and put 2 of the shapes together around both sides of the jute twine.  Baker’s twine would look great as well.  I bought my punch at Hobby Lobby with a 40% off coupon, so the punch cost less than $10 (reg. $15.99).  If you don’t want to buy a punch, you could also just trace the image on book pages and cut the shapes out with scissors.

The tree paper punch makes a cute adornment or name tag for gift wrap as well.

I like pairing the book page punches with some colored paper punches, along with the texture of twill tape.  I don’t mind at all seeing every package under a tree wrapped in brown paper.  I really like it better than traditional Christmas paper and it’s so much cheaper.

I hope you are gearing up for some fun on Monday, when the Christmas in July party gets started. Be sure to visit my co-hosts at My Salvaged Treasures and Bliss Ranch to see what they have created for the party.  

I can’t wait to see what you have to share!



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  1. I love the garland! Pinning to my Christmas board.

  2. Gotta love Christmas in July. I LOVE that garland! xo Diana

  3. love this Angie … brown paper wrapping is my favorite too. Looks so good with the red backing and the book printed paper. Thanks for sharing.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  4. Very sweet, Angie! So many uses for these during the holidays.

  5. I love it! I’m nuts about old book pages. Pinning this one! Now I’ve just got to find a punch like that.

  6. I love this project Angie. So clever to use the plain brown wrapping paper too!! I’m loving Christmas in July:-)

  7. Perfect combination, Angie! My stomach hurts a little, thinking of Christmas, but of course I pinned it anyway! Haha

    Jeanette @ Creating a Life

  8. Angie these are really cute, both as tags and as garland! Love a fun and easy project!

  9. I have scissors and I know how to use ’em, so I’m pinning this.

  10. Trees. Love them all simple and red. Everything you do really makes me smile and some days when our farm life is quieter…I actually do some of your ideas. Thanks for taking the time to do this fun blog Angie!

  11. This is a really neat idea. You have a gift for displaying your items for pictures.

  12. SO adorable! Love the simplicity of it! I will have to look for that punch. Is it fairly new?

  13. I am going to try this project. I am thinking it might be the starting point of my hand made Christmas cards this year. Starting the get the inspiration juices going in my head.
    Thanks so much for the great idea.

  14. sweet idea.
    sure would be worth the $ for the punch if you were making many of them.

    Hearts for Valentines, or birds for Spring would be cute too.

    be blessed

  15. Love this! What size is your punch .. dimensions of the trees? Thanks much!!!!

  16. love this cute idea, and I’m with you on the naturals look. I think this garland would be great on a wreath, too. Best part is, you can make it any length you need, and fancy it up if you want fancy! thanks!

  17. This is lovely! What a beautiful and inexpensive project. I am not sure which I like best, it as a garland or gift wrap embellishment. Either way, they are stunning.

  18. Very sweet…agree, a tree punch would be a good “investment”. I punched out a bunch of leaves last fall…I can still feel the cramps in my thumb…haha! You are a busy girl…I amazed at the cool projects you are always pumping out for your blog and Etsy…and now I hear you are making things for your Christmas tree too?? I’m amazed!!

  19. Stopping by from Christmas in July link party. Thank you so much for having it, what fun!! Oh, how I love your book page garland… and gift tags!! These are both such easy, cool ideas for the holidays! Pinned both for crafts this coming season. Amy @ StowandTellU


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