Day 7 of the 24 Days of Christmas Crafting!
The goal for these 24 days is to give you ideas for hand-crafted Christmas decorations for your tree and home. Come back each day to try the next craft. 24 Days of Christmas Crafting!
These 3D paper Christmas trees are fast and easy to make. You will be able to create a whole forest of trees!
Materials and Supplies
For each tree you will need
- 1 sheet of Decorative Paper
- Pattern (available in my Resource Library)
About the Paper and Design
The design is scalable. That means you can resize it to fit your paper. I did three of these on 8-1/2″ x 11″ card stock and one on 12″ x 12″ scrap booking paper. Use what you have. Experiment. Have fun!
Cutting the Trees
You can cut these by hand by tracing or printing the design from my Resource Library onto decorative paper and cutting with an X-Acto knife or scissors.
You can also cut the paper on your craft machine from the design in my Resource Library. I cut mine on my Cricut. The nice thing about using the .SVG file in the design space is that you can scale the design to fit your paper. You can make several of different sizes on different colors of paper and make a little forest of paper trees.
The .SVG file has score lines. If your craft machine can score lines, select these lines and switch them from cut lines to score lines. If your craft machine does not do scoring, remove these lines before cutting. You can score these by hand after cutting to help make your folds crisper.
Once the tree is cut and the lines are scored…
Fold the long score lines (the ones that run down the middle of the tree sections) toward the outside of the tree. You do not need to crease all the way to the base of the tree. I make my crease sharp at the top of the tree and decrease that sharpness as I work toward the base.
Fold the short score lines (the ones near the base of the trees between each tree) toward the inside of the tree.
Gather up the tree sections and glue together. You can glue just at the tops of the trees or down the edges of the “branches” of the trees.
Secure until the glue is set.
And that is all you need to do. These are fast and easy.
The base of the tree that I cut from the 12″ x 12″ scrap booking paper is large enough to slip over an LED tea light.
With all the amazing papers that are out there, you will have such a beautiful forest of trees to decorate for the holidays.
For some fun with the kids, let them decorate the trees with crayons, pencils, markers, stickers, etc. before gluing them together.
As you gather up the sections, you can add a string down the middle for hanging on your Christmas tree.
Remember to come back each day for a new project in the 24 Days of Christmas Crafting!