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3D Paper Christmas Tree

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


  1. 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)
  2. 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.
  3. Apply star stickers and or foam shapes to the cone (tree shape). These are the tree's ornaments.
  4. 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.
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  6. To finish, poke the toothpick star into the top of the cone shape. This is the top of the tree ornament.
  7. 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

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