Making a 3D Paper Christmas Tree
You can create a unique, fun to make Christmas decoration by making a 3D paper Christmas tree. There are a variety of ways to construct this project. This is a guide about making a 3D Christmas tree.
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This adorable tree is made from green polka dot paper and embellished with red gems. It's fun and easy to make.
Approximate Time: 60 minutes
- paper mache craft cone
- 12 x 12" green polka dot paper
- glue stick
- red gem stickers
- craft knife
Cut 12 x 1 inch strip of polka dot paper. Cut straight fringe lines all the way along the paper. Curl up the edges by rolling them around your pencil.
Starting at bottom of cone, apply glue at the end of paper strip and overlap it with the opposite end, holding it until dry.
Continue until the cone is completely covered with paper strips, allowing piece to extend slightly beyond bottom.
Use red gem stickers to embellish the tree.
By Maricel from Fairfax, VA
Christine Weber0 found this helpful
December 21, 2005
True to its name, a three-dimensional tree of thick green paper, covered with silver stars.
Materials and Equipment:
- a large plastic bag or several sheets of newspaper
- two pieces of thick, cardstock quality paper in green, at least 8 x 10 inches
- several sheets of plain standard-size paper
- a standard-size piece of red construction paper (or cardstock quality paper)
- a package of silver or gold foil stickers shaped like stars (at least 25 stars)
- a ruler
- a pencil
- an eraser
- craft glue
- glue spreader or Q-tip
- a lid from a used plastic container (such as a yogurt container)
- a sewing machine (optional)
- green thread (optional)
- Before starting, clear the table and cover it with newspaper or a large garbage bag to avoid getting glue on the table.
- Take a piece of the plain, standard-size paper and fold it in half lengthwise. Trace the outline of half a Christmas tree onto one side of the folded paper. The center of the tree should run along the fold so that once you cut out the design and unfold it, you will have a full tree. Cut along the outline. Unfold the tree to make sure it is the shape you desire. If it isn't, take another piece of paper and try again. This is a practice run, so feel free to try a few different designs out.
- Once you're happy with your design, fold one piece of the green cardstock quality paper in half lengthwise. Place the plain paper cut-out you just created over the folded edge of the green paper and trace its outline with a pencil. Cut along the outline. Unfold the tree form and lay it on the table.
- Repeat step three for the other piece of green cardstock quality paper.
- Take the red construction paper and cut out small cylindrical candle shapes, about an inch high. They don't have to be perfect, just close enough to convey the idea of candles. Pour a small puddle of glue onto the plastic container lid. Spread glue along the bottom half of each 'candle' and paste them on the boughs of each Christmas tree (see photo).
- Take out the package of foil stars and stick them randomly on the back and front of each Christmas tree, about five per side. Save two stars for later.
- If you have a sewing machine, use green thread and sew the two trees together back-to-back along their creases. If you don't have a sewing machine, apply glue sparingly along the fold of each tree and stick together. Allow to dry. Fan the tree out into a three-dimensional shape. It should be able to stand on its own on the table.
- Draw two star shapes on the red construction paper and cut them out. Spread glue on the back of each star and paste them back-to-back on the top of the tree. Stick a silver star sticker on top of each star.
- Place on a desk or give to a friend who is not having a Christmas tree this year. It's also a great gift for a friend who is in the hospital over the holidays!
This simple Christmas tree is a great craft for young children to create with very little adult assistance. It was created to be used in Sunday school.
Approximate Time: 10 minutes
- 1/2 circle shape - green paper
- stapler or tape
- tooth pick
- 2 star shapes - yellow (paper punch the star if you have a star punch)
- metallic pipe cleaner
- small doily
- star stickers or foam shape stickers
- Begin with the green paper shape. Create a cone with a very little or no opening at the top. Staple the cone along the bottom edge. (tape could also be used)
- Take the two stars and glue them facing each other with the toothpick tip inside them. This will be used at the top of the tree. Creating this element can be done ahead of time by an adult for a child to use.
- Apply star stickers and or foam shapes to the cone (tree shape). These are the tree's ornaments.
- Using the pipe cleaner, wrap it around your four fingers held closely together. At one end of the pipe cleaner, create a small hook. This will connect into the cone at the top point. Wrap it around the tree shape and use another hook to connect it at the bottom of the cone shape. Hold it in place with a stapler if desired. This is the tree's garland.
- To finish, poke the toothpick star into the top of the cone shape. This is the top of the tree ornament.
- Placing the finished tree on top of the paper doily will appear as a tree skirt.
The Tradition of the Christian Christmas Tree
Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season whose leaf does not wither. ~ Psalm 1: 1-3
The Tannenbaum is a symbol of peace and eternal life. A Christian Christmas Tree, represents the Cross on which hung the light of the world, who, when He died, completed His union in love with His church. The Cross reunited earth and sky, God and humanity in love. The lights of the tree represent Jesus, the light of the world; the ornaments represent us, the fruits - the offspring of the union between Jesus and His church. And thus did the Tannenbaum become the Christian Christmas tree.
The photo example was created by a 2 year old.
By Janet from Carmel, IN
November 29, 20160 found this helpful
This is a guide about making a cone newspaper Christmas tree. Skip the Styrofoam cone and make your own out of newspaper and then create a lovely Christmas tree to decorate for the holidays.