Last year I made a collection of Christmas baubles using oversized buttons. This year I decided to use my words as the basis of my decorations.
I’m always rather torn (aptly!) when I see artwork made from old books – while the act of cannibalising pages distresses me, I find the printed word beguiling, and therefore the perfect foundation for a work of art.
But rather than destroy existing novels, why not create words especially for your creations?
I had written a poem in January 2013 when the streets were hushed with snow, so found a font that seemed sufficiently frosty (Herculanum), and printed the poem out in long strips.
Then all I needed to do was cut out each strip, curl it into itself to make a small circle at one end of the strip, and glue.
I then cut a narrow slice into the paper close to this circle, and fed the other end through that, then glue again, and I had a paper poetry snowball!
They look pretty heaped around windowsills, bookshelves and mantelpieces in drifts, but you could pierce them and thread ribbon through to hang from the tree of your choice.