Paper Christmas Trees

by Natalie Wright | Dec 06, 2013

Hello Cricut friends! Happy December! I am excited to share with you one of my favorite Christmas holiday decoration ideas for your home or holiday party.

I just love the weeks before Christmas. I always have ample time to make tons and tons of time-consuming holiday decorations…said no one ever! No seriously, I LOVE this project because it literally takes just a few minutes to make each tree, and it’s a great project that your little ones can help with too.

Here’s what you need to make your holiday trees:

  • Cricut Expression® 2 machine
  • Cricut Craft Room® design software
  • Standard Grip Cricut®  12x12 cutting mat
  • Cricut® Cardstock in Sour Apple
  • Cricut® Essentials cartridge
  • Scoring tool and ruler
  • Wood skewers
  • Cutting pliers
  • Wood pieces for tree stumps
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks

 Ready to get started? First, you need to cut five circles of various sizes with your green paper. After removing the circles from your mat, you will fold each circle in half, open back up, and fold in the opposite direction.

Each circle needs to be folded eight times. You can use a scoring tool to help your fold lines have a smooth crease. 

After you are done scoring all five, fold them accordion style. Now you are ready to start building your trees!

To make your trees, start with your smallest folded circle and hot glue your wood skewer on the inside with the sharp point facing down. Next, using the sharp end of the skewer, poke a hole into each circle and slide them into place until all five are in order of smallest to largest.

You can add a dab of glue to each circle as you add it on if you feel like your tree needs a little more stability.  When your circles are all in place, trim your skewer stick if you need to, and glue it to your wood base. You will most likely need to hold it in place while your glue dries to make sure it is level.

That’s it! Super easy and versatile for your holiday decorating.

If you want to get creative with your tiny trees, try cutting your paper in different colors. White would be great for a snowy scene. Bright neon colors would be adorable with itty bitty Christmas ornaments too!

Happy holidays friends, and remember that even if you don’t have oodles of time to craft this holiday season, you can always find a quick project to do with family and friends. Therapeutic crafting is always a must around the holidays, right? ;)



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    Cut. Cut!  You can cut in half and use these ona card.  Ypu would have to scale them so they would be the right size.  Thanks for sharing.