Making Christmas Decorations from Recycled Cardboard

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Recycled cardboard packaging is so useful in making crafts. Use it to make fun decorations for Christmas. Make lots of different shapes and paint or decorate as you like. This is a page about making Christmas decorations from recycled cardboard.


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Are you doing a lot of online shopping for the holidays? If so, don't toss those boxes just yet! Recycle them into fun crafts for your entire family and the kids.

You can make miniature Christmas trees, ornaments, or even other holiday shapes (reindeer, snowflakes, etc.) and decorate with paint, glitter, ribbon, yarn, stickers, embellishments, foam paper, construction paper, glitter glue, and anything else you have on hand!

Once decorated you can attach a ribbon to make actual homemade ornaments, or hang to make into a wreath, or leave as is for decorations, the possibilities are endless! Also this makes a nice fun indoor rainy day art and craft project!

Total Time: Time varies depending on how many you make


  • cardboard box
  • scissors
  • hot glue
  • ribbon
  • stickers
  • pom poms
  • foam paper
  • paint + paint brush
  • your choice of decorating supplies


  1. Cut holiday shapes from cardboard. *This task will need adult supervision, it can be a little difficult to cut.
  2. Paint cardboard pieces and allow to dry. Or you can decorate with markers, scrapbook paper, etc. (the option is yours).
  3. Ready to decorate! I made a star from yellow foam paper and used ribbon and hot glue to decorate.
  4. I used sticker pearls as ornaments. Or, you can use cut ribbon pieces and pom poms. Get creative with items you have at home, there is no right or wrong method. :)
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October 7, 2019

Transform recycled cardboard into cute Christmas triangle candy box ornaments. They can also be used as favors or tied into the bow on a gift.


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Christmas Triangle Candy Box Ornament  - ornament on tree next to bottle cap ornament

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October 30, 2011

This is a page about making a cardboard Christmas tree. Interested in an eco-friendly alternative to a Christmas tree? Want to expand your recycling efforts? How about making a cardboard Christmas tree? Not only will you have a unique tree, but the making of it will be a fun activity for the whole family.

Cardboard Christmas tree photo from an earlier Thriftyfun project.

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