DIY Paper Christmas Tree Craft

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Since Christmas is a great time to create something new, I decided to go for a new approach to a small decorative Christmas tree using paper in this DIY paper Christmas tree craft. I love Christmas, my whole family really does especially my big brother. He always laughs and tells me instead of a man cave he would love to have a Christmas room year round. I think that sounds like a good idea to me. Especially if there was a built in cookie and cocoa dispenser!

My brother takes interest in my work from time to time and kept mentioning a Christmas tree made from paper. While I haven’t figured how to make a life size one yet, I decided to give a small one a go. I think it came out fairly well. Maybe good enough for a Christmas room?! I won’t sugar coat the fact that it takes a little time to make but is extremely easy to build.

Update: This year (2018) I made a new version of this as a pine tree! Check it out here. 


First, let’s review our supply list.


For this tutorial I do not give a PDF printable only because it would take an insane amount of time to cut so much by hand. When using your cutting machine follow these measurements. I have 27 layers total. This may vary for everyone a little according to preference but that is how mine turned out.

  • 2 layers of 11 x 11 inches
  • 3 layers of 10 by 10 inches
  • 3 layers of 8.5 x 8.5 inches
  • 3 layers of 7.5 x 7.5 inches
  • 3 layer of 6.5 x 6.5 inches
  • 3 layer of 5.5 x 5.5
  • 4 layers of 4.5 x 4.5 inches
  • 2 layer of 3.5 x 3.5 inches
  • 2 layers of 2.5 x 2.5
  • 2 layers of 2 x 2 inches
  • 1 star (cutting machine software provides basic shapes like stars you can use.)


Silver and Gold Ornaments

DIY Tinsel Tree Letters

Giant Paper Holly Garland

Free printable Christmas wrapping paper

Step 1

You will want to start by cutting out all your layers for the tree. As I said before, I used 27 layers for mine. It may vary a little for everyone.

Step 2

Each of the square-like edges are going to get folded around like a cone and secured with hot glue. This is unfortunately, the slightly tedious part but as you can see it creates a great layered look once we start to assemble.

Step 3

Once you have finished gluing all the points of the tree into cones you will then want to start stacking them in order of largest size to smallest size.

I am using a basic bamboo skewer to accomplish this. As you stack them be sure to alternate each layer so that it looks more natural like a full tree. It can be helpful to add a bit of glue in between each layer around the skewer so that the layers don’t move or spin out of place.

Step 4

Keep adding all the layers until you reach the top. The last couple may prove to be a little hard to roll your tips into cones. If that is the case for you, then just curl the edges downwards for a similar look. I’ve added a small star to the top of my tree as well. You can always add something else if you prefer otherwise.

There you have it! Find a spot to display your pretty paper Christmas tree! Don’t forget to pin for later below! Much appreciated. Thanks!


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  1. Thank you Abbi for the link! I didn´t see more than #13 in the library, but now I can see all. Now going to make a tree!

  2. The link does not take you to the free template. It takes you to your Christmas bundle that you have on sale for $37. I have gone to your free library and have not found it there either! Help?

    1. Hi Mary
      When you log into the freebie vault please take a moment to read all the info at the top of the page, which will explain exactly how to find the freebie you are looking for. 🙂

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