Have you seen all the gorgeous book nooks doing the rounds on the internet? OMW!!! Truth be told, as someone who loves making miniature fairy things, I’m a little besotted. And with the festive season around the corner, I thought I’d try making one for our bookshelf. I’m calling it Christmas in a book nook and I love how it turned out.

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I’m a big believer in thinking outside the box. In fact most of the time I prefer upcycling the box but this craft idea forced me to think inside the box. Well more like inside the book, but it’s kinda boxish, so we’ll stick with that 😉

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While it might seem like a terribly complicated process to build a book nook it’s quite easy and a whole bunch of fun too.

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And best of all, you can wire your book nook up with some fairy lights for a magical glow at night.

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Okay, before we get to the beginner’s tutorial that will show you how to make Christmas in a book nook, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram. And don’t forget to subscribe so you’ll never miss a post!

What you need for the Christmas in a book nook

For the book frame

  • Hardboard
  • Jigsaw
  • Duct tape
  • Wood glue

For the inside of the book nook

You can use anything you want to create a small scene inside the book nook. For this Christmas in a book nook I used:

  • Polystyrene (Styrofoam)
  • White craft foam and moss
  • 2 Small wooden beads
  • Faux leaves and florist wire
  • Craft paint and black pen
  • Homemade texture paste
  • Instant glue and mod podge
  • Sharp craft knife
  • A long string of fairy lights

To create Christmas in a book you'll need hardboard, craft foam and a book as reference

Just a heads up the tutorial is a long one. I wanted to show you how to make as many of the little things you can see in the Christmas in the book nook as possible.

How to make Christmas in a book nook

Making the book nook frame

This is the boring bit but it’s really important and sets the scene for everything else that we’ll be making afterward. So best we get it over and done with 😉 Using a book as a guide, measure and cut two sides, a back, and two tops for the book nook frame from hardboard. I cut the following sizes with my jigsaw:

  • 2 x sides 21,5 cm x 15,5 cm (8,5″ x 6″)
  • 2 x tops 12 cm x 15,5 cm (4,5″ x 6″)
  • 1 back/spine 21,5 cm x 13 cm (8,5″ x 5 1/8″)

If you’ve never used a jigsaw before then this tutorial will help you get started. And if you just don’t feel comfortable using that noisy cutting machine 😉 many craft and hobby shops will cut the hardboard to the right size for you. You can also use strong cardboard to make the book nook frame.

Tape the sides, tops, and spine together with duct tape to form a temporary box shape.

Use duct tape to tape the sides and top of the book nook together

Right, that’s the boring bit done. Time for some fun 😀

Planning the Christmas scene

A book nook has limited space to work with. Most book nooks I’ve seen are alleyways, but I wanted something special to celebrate Christmas. Feel free to experiment. To create depth and interest, I drew a few ideas on paper first before settling on making a small double volume Tuscan-styled home with a Christmas tree in front. You can read more about planning a miniature scene in this tutorial.

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Making the insides of the Christmas in a book nook

The scene called for a few key items:

  • Little Christmas tree
  • The double-story Tuscan home with
    • stairs
    • windows
    • a door
  • Fairy vines and miniature topiaries
  • Cobblestone courtyard
  • Terracotta awning over the door
  • Lots of fairy lights 😉

All the miniature bits that will go inside the book nook.

Making a little Christmas tree with lights

I considered using this miniature tutorial to make the little Christmas tree but decided that since the book nook was going to be a permanent fixture on our bookcase, I would need something that would last for a long time. Lucky for me I had one of those polystyrene cones leftover from making our angels, so I just used that. It was a bit too big for the book nook, but a sharp knife quickly fixed that 😉  

Cut the top of a polystyrene cone off and paint green. Glue on some craft moss

The polystyrene cone tip got a quick coat of green craft paint and then the whole thing was covered in glue and moss.

Cut the top of a polystyrene cone off and paint green. Glue on some craft moss

Wrap some of the fairy lights around the tree before gluing on a second layer of moss to hide the wire.

Wrap the small Christmas tree with fairy lights and glue on more moss to hide the wires

Check if the tree fits and give you an idea of how big the Tuscan house should be.

Make sure the Christmas tree fits before moving to the next step

Making a miniature Tuscan home front

To make the little Tuscan home, I used polystyrene for the wall and stairs. Polystyrene is really easy to cut if you have a sharp craft knife. Use the book nook frame as a guide to figure out where everything should go.

Using the Christmas tree as a base, cut the stairs

Cover the stairs and the walls of the little Tuscan house in some texture paste to disguise the polystyrene.

Cover the stairs and walls with texture paste to add interest
Use polystyrene to build the basic structure that will go inside the book nook

When I made this batch of texture paste I used fine beach sand and the color looked really yucky so the walls and stairs got a few coats of white craft paint.

Paint the walls white and distress if appropriate

To make the window frames I simply cut small rectangles from craft foam.

Craft foam cut to make window frames

The little door is made with thin ice cream sticks. I love using stirrers and ice cream sticks to make miniature things. They’re easy to cut and most craft stores will sell them in bulk.

Use wooden stirrers or ice cream sticks to make the door

The door in this book nook was made using the tutorial for our miniature barn doors, which you can find here.

Making the ivy fairy vines and topiaries

We love our plants so it only seemed right to add lots of greenery to the book nook. To make the fairy vines you’ll need some green fabric or fake leaves and thin florist wire. Cut the fabric into small leaf-ish shapes.

Cut the fake leaves into small pieces

Dip the florist wire in mod podge and run pull it through the small leaves.

To make fairy vines drag the florist wire through the cut leaves

You want the little leaves to randomly get stuck to the mod podge to create a natural look. Leave to dry. So easy right?

To make fairy vines drag the florist wire through the cut leaves

Make a whole bunch in varying lengths. For the little topiaries, simply glue moss onto small beads, and pop them on top of terracotta planters made from air-dry clay.

Make some topiaries to go in front of the door

Making the cobblestone courtyard

There are so many different ways to make cobblestones, but by far the easiest and quickest way is to use craft foam and a toothpick. Craft foam has this wonderful ability to maintain/absorb patterns and shapes if you press hard enough. Paint the craft foam with brown craft paint. While it’s still a little wet use a toothpick to draw round shapes in different sizes on the foam.

To make the miniature cobblestones draw round shapes in the craft foam with a toothpick

Press down firmly so the toothpick leaves an indent in the foam. To finish off use a black pen to draw the grout in between the cobblestones.

Trace around the cobblestones with a black pen to mimic grout

Making the terracotta tile awning

Those little terracotta tiles that make up the awning on top of the door are also made from craft foam. Cut a long strip of craft foam and use tacky glue to glue it around a skewer as shown below.

To make the terracotta roof tile wrap craft foam around a skewer

Put your hairdryer on high and heat the foam. It’s just like blow-drying your hair 😉 Heat the foam for about 5 minutes or so and then remove the curled craft foam from the skewer.

Applying heat to craft foam bends and shapes it

Cut the curled craft foam into 2 cm pieces (1″) to make terracotta tiles. Glue the tiles down on a small cut ice cream stick and paint in a terracotta color.

Glue the terracotta roof tiles to an ice cream stick and paint

Cut a toothpick in half and glue the cut ends inside the terracotta tiles. Right, that’s all the inside bits done 😀

All the miniature bits that will go inside the book nook.

Putting the Christmas in a book nook together

Once you have all the bits that go inside the book nook, it’s time to put everything together. Remove the duct tape from the top, bottom, and spine of the book nook frame. It just makes it easier to put everything together. Glue the sides of the book nook frame to the little Tuscan home. Add texture paste to the inside sides of the book nook and paint white to match.

Glue the house front and stairs to the inside of the book nook frame

Glue on the door, windows, vines, and any other bits and pieces to complete the scene. Hide and obvious gaps with the fairy vines and moss.

Glue the cobblestones to the bottom of the book nook and then glue the Christmas tree on the cobblestones. Run the fairy light wire over the cobblestones at the back of the tree and under the Tuscan home front.

Glue the cobblestones down and add the vines and moss

Tape the lights down at the back of the home front.

Tape the fairy lights to the back of the structure

Glue the back/spine of the book nook to the sides to hide all the wiring 😉 Once you’re happy with the Christmas scene inside the book nook glue the top and bottom on.

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At this point, the book nook is basically finished. If you want to take it to the next level, you can make some fake pages on the top by applying texture paste (no sand added) and dragging a hard bristle brush through the paste.

To create fake pages on top of the book nook use texture paste and drag the paste

Finish off by covering the book nook with some pretty paper to mimic a book cover.

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That way you can turn it around and no one will ever know what’s hiding inside 😀

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Add a little festive magic to your bookshelf with a book nook. These gorgeous miniature scenes captured in a book are trending right now and putting one together is easier than you think and whole bunch of fun too. #booknook #booktome #ACraftyMix #makingminiatures
Add a little festive magic to your bookshelf with a book nook. These gorgeous miniature scenes captured in a book are trending right now and putting one together is easier than you think and whole bunch of fun too. #booknook #booktome #ACraftyMix #makingminiatures

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