What You’ll Need
- Lots of Books
- Supporting objects (blocks or soda cans work well)
What to Do
- Choose a location for your book tree that is out of the way so it’s unlikely to be bumped.
- Sort your books by size and then by thickness.
- Create a spread-out semi-circle of 3–4 of the largest books, spines out—this will be the tree base.
- To make a second row, stack one fewer book than is on the base.
- For the third row, stack one more book than is on the second row, and bring them in a little closer together.
- Repeat this pattern, going from the largest books to the smallest, and bringing the piles in closer for each layer to form a cone. Once the books can’t get any closer, use one fewer book per row.
- Toward the top, be extra careful to create balance because rows of one and two books can become wobbly.
- Add supporting objects to the back of the semi-circle of books, and add smaller books in between wobbly rows to create stability.
- Top with an open book, a paper star, or some carefully placed holiday lights.
Extend the Fun
For younger kids: Create a paper star and draw characters from your favorite books on it. Use it as your book tree topper, if you like.
For older kids: With some extra books, create a diamond shape to go along with your tree (use 1 book for the base, 2 in the second row, 3 in the third, 2 in the fourth, 1 in the fifth). How can the weight of books toward the center be used to keep books at the edges from falling? How many books can you put in the middle row of the diamond?
Craft by Corrie K. Thompson | Text by Lisa Glover