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Vintage Book Stack Christmas Tree

Hello everybody! This is Alice W. from Thoughts from Alice and I am thrilled to be back with you today. I am giving you a sneak peek into some of my Christmas decor for this year with a Vintage Book Stack Christmas Tree that I set up inside our mantel.

Vintage Book stack Christmas tree

I always love using old books in my decorating and vignettes. I was trying my darndest to come up with a good filler for our salvaged mantel, when this idea struck. I started by gathering up as many old books as I could find all around our house (I am a bit of a collector, I guess you could say) and made a book stack Christmas tree.

Vintage books

I gathered books of all sizes, so that I had a lot of options for building my “tree.” To keep a consistent look, I put the spines towards the wall and the pages facing out.

Vintage book edges

It took some playing around to get the shape of a Christmas tree. I started with the largest and thickest books at the bottom and worked my way up.

Stacks of vintage books

I had to keep playing around with placement of the books, and occasionally, had to make another run around the house for more books! Our dog, Renoir, thought this was all very interesting.

Vintage books and cute white dog

It definitely got trickier as I worked my way up, trying to keep it balanced and finding books just the right sizes to fit. Eventually I got it there though!

Vintage book stack

Then, I just needed to make it look festive and Christmasy. I strung some pom-pom trim for garland to coordinate with my mantel decor above.

Stack of decorated vintage books

And also added a bottle brush star on top. I put a flameless candle behind it, so it would glow.

Star on top of a vintage book stack
Pom poms on vintage book stacks to make a Christmas tree
I recently shared my hand drawn Christmas village scene on my own blog, with free printable downloads included!
Book stack vintage Christmas tree with repurposed vintage books under a mantel with bottle brush trees

It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas around our house and filling me with all of those childhood feelings of wonder and whimsy. I absolutely love this time of year.

Vintage mantel with bottle brush trees and a vintage book stack

I hope you enjoyed this sneak peek into my home decorated for the holidays and will come by to visit me to see the full reveal in December! I also have lots of creative projects that I am sharing throughout this month to get ready for Christmas. I do hope you will stop by!

Mantel with holiday display with fairy lights and vintage book stack
I hope you will follow me on Facebook or Instagram to see more of my decor, project ideas and tidbits of my daily life!
Till next time…
~Alice W.
You might also enjoy:
Vintage Christmas village
Ironstone with pinecones and cinnamon sticks
Angel wings made from coffee filters


  1. The book Christmas tree…how cool and funky! I love it. And, the coffee filter angel wings-think I’m gonna have to try that.

  2. I love your blog-always so inspirational and creative. Your village is over the top beautiful. Thank you

  3. OH I LOVE love love the vintage book stack tree! and even more is the pompom trim… I simply adore pom poms! In fact I am off to JoAnn’s to see if I can find any pom pom trim in stock as I want to use it in our bedroom. Have a truly marvelous weekend!!

  4. I love this idea with the vintage books and mantle but my favorite part is Renoir!! 🙂 I have a Westie too! Her name is Sophie – she is the best part of my life!

    Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas!

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