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Crafty: Christmas Tree Out of Reader’s Digest Magazines (PHOTOS)

Reader's Digest is the perfect size to make this simple, fun, magazine Christmas craft. Fold away!

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Step 1: Get Your Magazine

The December 2012 issue, seen here with associate editor Alison Caporimo, is the perfect pick for this Christmas tree craft.

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Step 2: Remove the Cover

Start off by removing the cover. We suggest framing it afterwards, or putting it on your fridge. (You’ll also want to tear off the back cover.)

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Step 3: Fold the Upper-Right Corner of the First Page

Just align it with the magazine’s binding—simple enough!

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Step 4: Crease the First Fold

Fold the page along the magazine’s binding yet again, creating the shape you see here.

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Step 5: Turn the Page and Fix the Flap

After step 4, you’ll notice that there’s a bit of the folded page hanging below the magazine. Turn the page and fold that part up so it’s aligned with the rest of the pages.

Pay close attention to this animation for a clearer idea:

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Step 6: Keep Going!

Repeat all of the folding steps page-by-page until you’re through with the entire magazine. To speed things up (and create a plumper tree), you can fold a few pages together.

Eventually, your magazine should look something like the animation below.

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Step 7: Customize

Add tinsel, ornaments, the works! Make some for your friends! And have a happy holiday. (Glitter confetti optional.)

Reader's Digest
Originally Published in Reader's Digest