Are you searching for an easy and colorful paper Christmas tree craft to make with kids for the festive season?
This 3D Christmas tree craft is a cheerful mini Christmas tree which kids will enjoy making and displaying.
You’ll find a free printable template as part of this post which helps move this project along nicely. No need to draw your own tree.
Creativity At Christmas Time:
Christmas is a time for creativity, and I loved constructing Christmas tree art with my children when they were younger. They’re teenagers now, so I don’t have too many takers on a little artwork with mom.
These 3-D paper Christmas trees are super easy to make, especially when made with the printable pattern template provided.
No problem creating unique looking 3D Christmas trees – choose any color paper for the tree and embellishments can be made of plain paper using a paper punch, or you can get as sparkly or glitzy as you choose by using sequins and beads.
Vintage School Paper Crafts:
Paper crafts were on my Irish school curriculum, way back in the 1970’s in Dublin. Paper was inexpensive and we often used wall paper for school activities. Waste not want not was the motto of the day. Old recycled Christmas cards were another favorite for handmade crafts.
Whether you recycle, up-cycle or use new card paper for these trees, they’re a wonderful way to celebrate the festive season.
Supplies Needed for 3D Christmas Trees:
- Green paper sheet
- Small squares of red, yellow, and blue paper (or any decorative colors you choose)
- Sparkly paper or yellow paper (to cut out a star)
- Brown card paper to make the base
- A hole puncher
- Glue stick or school glue
Directions for Making A 3D Paper Christmas Tree:
Here you’ll find step-by-step photo instructions plus a template for cutting out the tree and base.
The first thing you’ll need to do is to print the pattern or template for making these trees.
The link above is for a PDF file and it’s free to download and print.
Cut out the shapes on the template sheet.
First cut out the rectangular base from thick brown colored craft paper.
Fold the edges along the lines indicated.
Snip the inner corner side along the narrower side of the rectangular card.
Dab a little clue on the resulting overlap squares.
Turn the brown box over and tuck the overlap square with the glue inside the narrowest side of the box.
Pinch to glue closed.
Repeat on the opposite side.
Next it’s time to make the tree. Cut out four green paper trees using the pattern template.
Fold them down the center. Use glue to stick the back half of one tree to the matching back half of another tree. Repeat until all four trees are stuck together.
Next use a hole punch to create little circular colored decorations. Use any colored paper you like.
Glue the decorations onto each side of your 3D tree.
Now, it’s time to add a star.
Use the template to cut out a yellow or glittery star.
Now all that’s left to do is to glue your star on top of the tree.
And that’s how simple this Christmas tree paper craft is.
I love using a hole punch for creating colorful baubles.
The first page has four steps.
And the second page contains steps 5 to 8.
These trees are also lovely in white with bright, festive decorations.
I hope you’ll enjoy making them with your loved ones.
Thanks for following my recipes and ramblings.
Happy crafting to all.
Slán agus beannacht,
(Goodbye and blessings)
Irish American Mom
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