Mayday! We're less than six months ‘til Christmas! For those of you who can't wait quite that long, we've rounded up a few ways to celebrate Christmas right now, in July.
Who doesn't love to bake during the holidays? Mass amounts of sweets are devoured every December in the name of Christmas. Why not bake a few bookish treats this month for some of your favorite people? I'm sure your local librarian, book club members, and book sellers would enjoy these tasty confections! Check out these edible books from Sweet Pea Cookies for some inspiration.
Remember when you were a kid and you made Christmas ornaments at school? Who said that has to stop as an adult? Or that you only had to use your crafty creations during the holidays? You can display those lovely bits and bobs in your house, office, etc. These Harry Potter ornaments from Pop Sugar are a great example of bookish decor that you can enjoy now! It's like eating chocolate for dinner because you're an adult and you can. Same thing goes for Christmasy crafts any time of the year.
This craft involves using discarded book pages. Gasp! Does that mean you should use your first edition Jane Austen? No! You can use a variety of materials to make a book wreath, such as sheet music that the Frugal Homemaker used in this tutorial. Book wreaths can be done in a million different ways, and look beautiful no matter how you display them.
Arranging your books in the shape of a Christmas tree is a really fun idea! You can add lights, ornaments, and even a star on the top. This bookish configuration looks stylish no matter what the season. You can also make it whatever size you like, with zero mess or clean up. This is one tree you can leave up all year round!
Books make excellent gifts! Why wait for December to give the gift of a good story to your loved ones? Take some shiny wrapping paper, grab your favorite book, and viola! You have a special gift for the book lover in your life. Have a book that you liked but don't want to hang onto? Wrap it up with a note about how much the book meant to you and leave it in a place for someone to find it. You can make Christmas come early for a stranger and spread some cheer.