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DIY: Recycled Catalog Christmas Tree

I was inspired by either random creativity or divine procrastination to turn a stack of DWR catalogs and expired gossip glossies into festive Christmas trees. The project took me under 10 minutes to complete. My catalog collection has been piling up since Nov. 1, so this is a great way to reuse and upcycle! You can use any catalog or gossip mag so long as it has a saddle-stitch binding. It's also a fun project to try with kids!

What You Need

  • One catalog or gossip mag per tree
  • Scissors or X-acto knife
  • A marker (optional)
  • Around seven paper clips


To learn how to make this perennial tree,


Here are the steps:

  1. Using a marker, draw the outline of a profile of a Christmas tree on your magazine, as shown. (Although, I skipped this step on my first try, and it turned out OK.)
  2. Take a small chunk of pages in your catalog, and cut along the outline of your tree.
  3. Continue cutting the pages in chunks, until you've cut through the entire catalog.
  4. Now, take about four or five pages and paper clip them together at the base of the tree, as shown, starting with the front and back covers of the catalog.
  5. Continue clipping the pages together, until all of them have been grouped together. The point of doing this is so that the tree will stand upright on its own. You may have to burnish or fold the pages on their "hinges" so they don't just flop to one side.
  6. Now, stand your tree upright, and voilà!

Check out photos of each step to guide you:






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aphill4 aphill4 6 years
haha, munkeyhed, were we in the same class growing up? I was about to say the same thing!
Munkeyhed Munkeyhed 6 years
When I was little we'd make trees out of Readers' Digests, spray them green & put glitter & faux snow on them. Cute!
magickalrealism magickalrealism 6 years
I'm definitely going to try this!
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