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7 Days of Paper Christmas Decor: Decorative Paper Christmas Trees

Make your home festive this holiday season with these decorative paper Christmas trees.

No need to spend lots of money on Christmas decor… instead decorate with paper! Today is Day 6 of the 7 Days of Paper Christmas series. And today we are making these fun decorative paper Christmas trees.

Even though we put up our full sized Christmas tree each year, I cannot get enough. I fill the shelves, tables, consoles and more with little Christmas trees. 

Living room decorated with white tabletop paper Christmas trees on the coffee table in front of the sofa.

I love the magic they add to the holiday. Even without the lights and ornaments!

So every year I insist on making more DIY Christmas trees. This year I was inspired by these Pottery Barn trees. But instead of spending lots of money, I made them out of paper!

Close up photo of the smaller DIY paper Christmas tree siting on a piece of white cloth.

Budget DIY Christmas Trees

These decorative Christmas trees are super easy to make, but even more important, are super cheap! Each tree uses one 12″x 12″ sheet of cardstock. I used a white glitter cardstock. 

The white glitter cardstock makes our paper Christmas trees look like they are flocked with snow. Fitting for today since we had our first big snow storm of the season!

Two handmade decorative Christmas trees on the coffee table with white branches.

The other supplies needed to make these trees are a 1/4″ dowel. Mine cost $1.10 and was big enough for 3 trees. Then I used a decorative wood slice for the base. The pack of 12 cost $6.99 at the craft store and was 50% off because it’s Christmas!

Add in a couple drops of super glue and a hot glue stick (I won’t even estimate the tiny costs here), and each of these paper Christmas lanterns cost less than $1 to make!

Close-up of the unique Christmas tree branch design on the paper Christmas trees.

You cannot beat that for budget Christmas decor, and they look so pretty. 

I am thinking I might move them to be next to our Scandinavian paper Christmas village. Wouldn’t they look so good with it?

How to Make DIY Paper Christmas Trees

Supplies:

  • Tree branches template
  • Cream glitter cardstock
  • 1/4″ dowel
    • Cut my dowel to 11″ for the smaller tree and 14″ for the larger one.
  • Wood slice
  • Drill with 1/4″ drill bit
  • Precision tip superglue
  • Glue gun and glue sticks
  • Optional: Silhouette Cameo or other electronic cutting machine
    • You can cut these out with scissors and and use an 1/4″ hole punch to punch the holes. 

Cut the Cardstock Branches

There are branch size templates available. You can choose to scale them bigger or larger, but you need to make sure you do not scale the center hole or it will be too big or too small for the dowel.

Cut out 2 of each size of branch for each tree. 

You can cut them out of glitter cardstock. Or if you want the galvanized metal look, cut them out of plain cardstock and spray paint them with hammered metal spray paint like I did for these faux metal wall vases.

Decorative paper Christmas tree branches cut out of white glitter cardstock with a Silhouette Cameo.

Prepare the Christmas Tree Trunk

Cut the dowel to length. The 1/4″ dowel is so easy to cut with a small hand saw or miter saw.

Drill a 1/4″ wide hole in the center of your wood slice. It only needs to be about 1/4″ deep (I made mine the depth of my 1/4″ Forestner bit head). 

Try to keep the drill bit as straight as possible while drilling the hole so the trunk is straight.

Drilling a hole in the tree base with a drill.

Add a couple drops of super glue in the hole and slide the dowel inside it.

Let the glue cure for a few minutes to make sure it is secure.

Glueing the dowel into the tree base.

Attach the Branches

Pinch a crease into all the branches along the center dotted line. The cardstock was a little stiff, so I used a small straight edge to help.

Pinching the cut out branches to give it dimension.

Slide one of the largest branches on the dowel. Leave it a couple inches above the wood slice.

Slide the second largest branch on and twist it so the branches are in between the first one. Leave about 1/2″ between the two largest branches. 

Sliding the paper branches onto the tree trunk dowel.

Repeat with the rest of the branches in defending size. Once they are all on your truck, you can adjust the spacing. I kept the two branches of the same size closer and a bigger gap between the different sizes. 

The branches should stay put on the dowel, but you might want to secure them if you have kids that would want to touch them.

If you want to secure the branches, add a small ring of hot glue on the underside of the branches around the dowel hole. 

Adding glue to the underside fo the paper Christmas tree branches to secure.

Pinch together the topper piece (the one without a hole). There are little snips in the sides too so you can pinch it into a little cone shape.

Add hot glue on the underside of the topper and attach it to the top of the dowel.

Adding the top piece of the DIY Christmas tree.

Now you can enjoy your new paper Christmas trees anywhere you need a little Christmas magic!

They look so cute on our coffee table, without making it too cluttered. Bu you can add them to any shelf, mantel, centerpiece or more!

Coffee table decorated for Christmas with white DIY decorative Christmas trees.

DIY paper Christmas trees made by placing branches on a dowel, sitting on a table.

7 Days of Paper Christmas Decor: Decorative Paper Christmas Trees

Yield: 1 Paper Tree
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $1-$5

Make these fun and inexpensive decorative paper Christmas trees perfect for holiday decorating.

Materials

  • Tree branches template
  • Cream glitter cardstock
  • 1/4″ dowel
  • Wood slice
  • Precision tip superglue

Tools

  • *Silhouette Cameo or other electronic cutting machine
  • Glue gun and glue sticks
  • Drill with 1/4″ drill bit

Instructions

  1. Cut out cardstock branches. You will need 2 of each size of branch for each tree. 
  2. Prepare the Christmas tree trunk by cutting the dowel to length with hand saw or miter saw.
  3. Drill a 1/4″ wide hole in the center of your wood slice about 1/4″ deep.
  4. Add a couple drops of super glue in the hole and slide the dowel inside.
  5. Attach the branches by pinching a crease into all the branches along the center dotted line.
  6. Slide one of the largest branches on the dowel a couple inches above the wood slice.
  7. Slide the second largest branch on and twist it so the branches are in between the first one.
  8. Repeat with the rest of the branches in defending size. 
  9. Pinch together the topper piece into a little cone shape.
  10. Add hot glue on the underside of the topper and attach it to the top of the dowel.

Notes

*You can cut these out with a Silhouette cutting machine, or scissors and and use a 1/4″ hole punch to punch the holes.

Did you make this project?

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And don’t forget to come back tomorrow for the last day of the 7 Days of Paper Christmas Decor. Here is the plan for the week. You won’t want to miss out on anything!

It’s so sad the week is coming to an end. But I love all the beautiful Christmas decor we have made!

-Kati with picture of blog author Kati

DIY paper Christmas trees on a table and shots of assembling them.

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Giuseppa

Wednesday 8th of April 2020

Grazie, molto gentile

Patti

Thursday 12th of December 2019

Nice Christmas project! I think your sofa is beautiful, would you mind telling me where you found it or the manufacturer? Thank you, Patti

Kati

Monday 30th of December 2019

Hi Patti, the sofa was purchased from DownEast Home. I love it and it is super comfy.

Diana

Tuesday 26th of November 2019

I can't download the Christmas trees, when I click on the "click here" it just keeps taking me back to the same place. Never the place to enter the password and download.

Kati

Monday 9th of December 2019

You need to go to the subscriber library here Subscriber Library to access downloads.

Giuseppa

Tuesday 26th of November 2019

Progetto splendido ma perchè non ho ancora ricevuto la mail con la password per poter accedere ai progetti gratuiti? Giuseppa

Kati

Monday 9th of December 2019

Sometimes the email gets hidden in the promotions or spam folder. But also, I include your password at the bottom of every email I send!

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