DIY Decorative Paper Christmas Trees

Christmas crafts are a big part of our annual traditions, and one of our very favorite crafts are these decorative paper Christmas trees that can be as simple or as fancy as you like. They're quick to make and look adorable on a mantle or any small surface you like.

Christmas crafts are a big part of our annual traditions, and one of our very favorite crafts are these decorative paper Christmas trees that can be as simple or as fancy as you like. They’re quick to make and look adorable on a mantle or any small surface you like.

These paper Christmas trees can be made in various sizes and from various materials, depending on your preference. And they’re easy enough for even young kids to make!

DIY Decorative Paper Christmas Trees

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 7 pieces of heavyweight scrapbooking paper ( 2 green designs, 2 red designs, 3 plain white) 
  • red and green buttons about 40 total (less if you spread them out further apart) and one large green button. 
  • 1 – 2 sheets of red tissue paper 
  • glue gun and glue sticks
  • scissors
  • red, green and yellow (or gold) washi tape designs 
DIY Decorative Paper Christmas Trees | A Mother Thing

How to Make: 

Use scissors and glue to wrap and secure your scrapbook paper into cones of various heights and widths. If you have trouble, try cutting circles of different sizes with a cut up to the middle and then bringing the cut edges together until a cone forms. 

DIY Decorative Paper Christmas Trees | A Mother Thing

Button Trees

DIY Decorative Paper Christmas Trees | A Mother Thing

Take your first of three white trees and using the glue gun, stagger dots of glue and the red and white buttons around the tree from the bottom to the very top.

DIY Decorative Paper Christmas Trees | A Mother Thing

At the top add the large green button. Once finished, gently pull excess strings from the glue gun away for a clean look. 

DIY Decorative Paper Christmas Trees | A Mother Thing
DIY Decorative Paper Christmas Trees | A Mother Thing
DIY Decorative Paper Christmas Trees | A Mother Thing

Tissue Paper Trees

You will need another one of the white trees, two sheets of red tissue paper, scissors and the glue gun. Tear strips of tissue paper all the same width (approximately 2 inches wide shown).

DIY Decorative Paper Christmas Trees | A Mother Thing

Use the glue gun to apply a strip of glue 2 inches from the base. Crinkle a strip of tissue so that it gets a ruffle effect and press it to the strip of glue. Repeat all the way up the tree trimming the excess length as you go. 

DIY Decorative Paper Christmas Trees | A Mother Thing
DIY Decorative Paper Christmas Trees | A Mother Thing
DIY Decorative Paper Christmas Trees | A Mother Thing

 Washi Tape Trees

DIY Decorative Paper Christmas Trees | A Mother Thing

You will need your last white tree and your washi tape. The washi tape will not lay evenly on the tree if you attach it going around the tree. It works best to apply it in long strips lengthwise as shown. Apply on after the other from top to bottom and trim excess as needed. 

DIY Decorative Paper Christmas Trees | A Mother Thing
DIY Decorative Paper Christmas Trees | A Mother Thing
DIY Decorative Paper Christmas Trees | A Mother Thing

You have completed your trees and are ready to display them anywhere for a gorgeous holiday decoration! From mantels to window sills these tress are sure to add holiday cheer! 

DIY Decorative Paper Christmas Trees | A Mother Thing
DIY Decorative Paper Christmas Trees | A Mother Thing
DIY Decorative Paper Christmas Trees | A Mother Thing
DIY Decorative Paper Christmas Trees | A Mother Thing

DIY Decorative Paper Christmas Trees

Yield: As many as you like
Active Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $5

Christmas crafts are a big part of our annual traditions, and one of our very favorite crafts are these decorative paper Christmas trees that can be as simple or as fancy as you like. They're quick to make and look adorable on a mantle or any small surface you like.

Materials

  • 7 pieces of heavyweight scrapbooking paper ( 2 green designs, 2 red designs, 3 plain white)
  • red and green buttons about 40 total (less if you spread them out further apart) and one large green button
  • 1 – 2 sheets of red tissue paper
  • red, green and yellow (or gold) washi tape designs

Tools

  • glue gun and glue sticks
  • scissors

Instructions

    Use scissors and glue to wrap and secure your scrapbook paper into cones of various heights and widths. If you have trouble, try cutting circles of different sizes with a cut up to the middle and then bringing the cut edges together until a cone forms. 

    Button Trees

    1. Take your first of three white trees and using the glue gun, stagger dots of glue and the red and white buttons around the tree from the bottom to the very top.
    2. At the top add the large green button. Once finished, gently pull excess strings from the glue gun away for a clean look. 

    Tissue Paper Trees

    1. You will need another one of the white trees, two sheets of red tissue paper, scissors and the glue gun. Tear strips of tissue paper all the same width (approximately 2 inches wide shown).
    2. Use the glue gun to apply a strip of glue 2 inches from the base. Crinkle a strip of tissue so that it gets a ruffle effect and press it to the strip of glue. Repeat all the way up the tree trimming the excess length as you go. 

    Washi Tape Trees

    1. You will need your last white tree and your washi tape. The washi tape will not lay evenly on the tree if you attach it going around the tree. It works best to apply it in long strips lengthwise as shown. Apply on after the other from top to bottom and trim excess as needed. 

Notes

There are so many ways you can make these trees, and they are so fun to decorate. They are a great craft for toddlers - just use glue sticks rather than hot glue.

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Katie Reed

Katie Reed

Katie Reed is a 38 year old mom blogger from Salt Lake City, UT. She is married to the man of her dreams and together they have four beautiful boys. Dexter is 9, Daniel is 7, Chester is 5 and Wilder is 2. She writes about living with mental health issues while navigating motherhood. Her blog focuses on tips and tricks for moms, information and parenting news, kid-friendly recipes and crafts. She loves to reflect on the humorous side of parenthood and shares the reality of her life, with a "warts and all" attitude.

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