23 Bookmas Tree Ideas for the Holiday Season

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I have always been a big reader. My idea of a great date night with my husband is dinner and a trip to the bookstore. So, I absolutely adore the idea of bookmas trees.

However, as a military family, we don’t have a ton of books. We move around too much to collect heavy books. And many of the books that we do own are my husband’s paperback sci-fi novels, which aren’t great for making bookmas trees.

Last year, I made a bookish Christmas tree using ornaments made from pages of vintage books. And I love how it turned out, but it’s just not the same as these Instagram-worthy bookmas trees.

Here are the best ones I’ve seen yet!

Bookmas Tree Ideas

Big Tree Stack

One of the most common bookmas trees that you’ll find on the internet is a big circular stack of books, decorated to look like a Christmas tree. I love this idea and think that it is great for someone with a large collection of books.

Honestly, we probably have enough books to do this even though our collection of books is pretty modest.

It’s the addition of Christmas lights, garlands, ornaments, and tree toppers that really bring this idea together.

View From the Top

The next kind of bookmas tree is really only for a pretty Instagram picture.

Bookstagrammers stand the books up on a flat surface, arrange them into a triangular shape, and then decorate them to look like Christmas trees.

This wouldn’t necessarily be a bookmas tree that you leave up all season for decoration, but it absolutely makes for an interesting picture for social media or even a Christmas card.

Shelf Tree

Instead of taking the books off the shelves, some bookworms lean the books toward a center support/divider to create the shape of a Christmas tree on the bookshelf.

I love this idea, especially if you don’t have a lot of floor space to create one of the circular bookmas trees and want to have a bookmas tree to display all holiday season!

Open Book Stack

This is one bookmas tree idea that is quite debated in the bookworm community on Instagram.

To make this tree, you have to stack open books facedown on top of each other. However, there is a whole group of book people that don’t like books to have broken spines. And this bookmas tree idea could break the spines of the books you use to create it.

So, it’s not for everyone. However, I don’t see what it could hurt if you already have books with broken spines.

Made from Pages

These trees made out of book pages are the least common type of bookmas tree, but I think they are the most unique.

I don’t know how they do it, but I’m on a mission to find out. These bookmas trees are most in-line with my style, especially since they can be made with vintage book paper! (Just like the ornaments I made for my own bookish Christmas tree!)

Green Stack

This bookmas tree idea would only work if you have a few green books that you can stack together.

It’s more aesthetically pleasing if you put the taller books on the bottom of the stack and the shorter books on top, to give it more of a tree shape. Regardless, after you add the star, this bookmas tree is ready for a photo!

These bookmas tree ideas have me ready for the holiday season!

I’m not even a bookstagrammer, but I’m going to make one of these trees for Christmastime. Of course, I’ll add some more paper ornaments to my own bookish Christmas tree.

Merry Christmas, bookworms!

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