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Glitter Faux Leather Christmas Tree Craft with Free Templates

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Seven sparkling faux glitter leather Christmas trees of varying heights sit on a white table in front of a silver garland. The trees are made from blue, silver, green, gold, and pink faux leather.

It’s become a tradition on my blog to create a new Christmas tree craft every year, like this Paper Star Christmas Tree Topper or DIY Paper Pine Trees. For my new craft, I wanted to challenge myself by using non-paper materials, so I went on a glitter and faux leather binge! Faux leather and glitter canvas have become very popular with crafters. These materials make wonderful bows, drawer pulls, and even earrings! Today we are bringing that shine to our holiday decorations with these gorgeous Glitter Faux Leather Christmas Trees!

These sparking, sturdy styrofoam cone Christmas trees resemble conifer trees and look great on fireplace mantles or on a table as centerpieces. You can use any color you want or just use gold and silver to give your decor that uptown feeling. These long-lasting glitter trees can be used year after year and make great New Year’s decorations, too!

Find last-minute Christmas gift ideas and free Christmas printables at Abbi Kirsten Collections!

A collage of two stacked images shows a collection of DIY leather Christmas trees crafted with petals of faux glitter leather in festive gold, green, blue, silver and pink. Text in the center of the graphic reads, "Faux Glitter Leather Christmas Trees." A banner along the bottom of the photo includes Abbi's website, abbikirstencollections.com.

How to Make Glittery Faux Leather Christmas Trees: Supplies & Step-by-Step Tutorial

What I love most about this DIY Christmas tree craft is its simplicity – you don’t need a cutting machine to make leather Christmas trees. Scissors (or rotary cutters) can cut through the leather strips or glitter sheets. It’s user-friendly for the whole family and an art project you can do with your older kids while watching your favorite Hallmark Christmas movie! You can use an adhesive other than hot glue if you want to make these faux leather trees with little children.

An overhead view of Abbi’s crafting station shows an array of craft supplies to make faux leather Christmas trees – styrofoam cones, sheets of glittery faux leather, and a Cricut cutting machine and accessories. Abbi’s hands are pictured holding a blue and pink glue gun.

Supplies for Glitter Faux Leather Christmas Tree Craft

How to Get the Christmas Tree Templates

Download these free templates by signing up via the form below. If you are already a member, log into your Member account. Need help entering the vault? Read this helpful Freebie Vault guide.

Once in the Freebie Vault, search for “Faux Leather Cone Christmas Tree” or “Design 104.”

Cut Out Your Christmas Tree Petals

You will need to create your own Design Space cut file settings for chunky glitter canvas with a Cricut cutting machine. But don’t worry! I will walk you through all the steps below.

For a 14-inch cone, I used 18 large petals on the bottom row, 16 on the second row, 14 on the third row, and so on, reducing the petal count of each layer by two (even after switching to the smaller petals as the cone narrows). Altogether, my petal count was 105.

Cutting by Hand

If you plan to cut by hand, print the free templates on cardstock and trace them onto the back of your faux glitter leather/canvas. Then use a sharp pair of scissors to cut your tree petals. This is no small task, so leave yourself extra time to complete this part.

A tall, glittery green Christmas tree is made from layers of faux leather petals attached to a simple styrofoam crafting cone. In the background are a light blue backdrop, silver garland, and a green and gold wrapped present.

Cutting with a Machine

Cutting with a Cricut helps the process and the hands so much! There are SVG cut files included in the free template designs that you can upload to Cricut Design Space – learn how to upload an SVG here.

To save your cutting mat from getting glitter stuck all over it, use the transfer tape liner hack! I cut a piece of 12 x 12 strong grip transfer tape and placed it white liner side up onto my strong grip mat. Once placed, remove the white liner, and the sticky side of your transfer tape should be up for you to place the glitter sheet on it, glitter side down. Secure the edges of the glitter canvas with painter’s tape. This method allows you to cut without getting chunky glitter all over your mat!

An overhead view of Abbi’s crafting station as she applies transfer tape to her purple Cricut cutting mat. On the left side of her hands are gold faux leather petals cut and stacked next to two completed pink and green leather Christmas trees. On the right side are three styrofoam cones and sheets of glittery faux leather, ready to be cut.

Looking for more Design Space and Cricut Hacks? Check out my 16 Questions & Answers Ever Beginner Asks Post


A close-up image of six completed faux leather glittery Christmas trees, each a different height and color. These leather Christmas trees are an easy Christmas decor DIY for your home!

Create Your Own Setting in Design Space for Cutting Chunky Glitter Leather/Canvas Sheets

For thin faux leather sheets, you can use the faux leather setting in Design Space. If you are using a thin glitter canvas, the canvas setting under “Custom Options” will work well. However, if you plan to use a chunky glitter canvas sheet, you will need to create your own setting for the best results. Here’s how:

  1. Load your templates and click “Make It.” Once on the cut screen where you select your settings, choose “Browse All Materials.”
A screenshot of Design Space and the Set Base Material page. Select "Browser All Materials" to set up faux glitter leather for cutting.
  1. Scroll to the very bottom and select “Material Settings.”
A screenshot of a Design Space window pop-up menu shows where you can select "Material Settings" to set up faux leather cutting on your Cricut machine.
  1. Click “Add New Material” to create your own setting.
  2. Name your material. I named my setting Glitter Canvas.
A new Design Space pop-up menu allows you to add new material to your materials list. Add Glitter Canvas to your list to represent the faux leather glitter petals we are making.
  1. Select the pressure, blade, and number of passes. Mine are as follows: maximum pressure (350), fine-point blade, and 4 passes. Then click Save. (you do not need a deep point blade for this project).
Another screenshot of a  Design Space window shows a menu where you can select the blades you need to cut faux leather glitter petals for the Christmas cone craft.
  1. Now that you have created a custom setting, return to your setting sections and select the Glitter Canvas you just created.
  2. Use the dropdown menu to change the pressure to “MORE.” Then load your material and begin the cut!
  3. Next, place your glitter leather or canvas and tape down the edges with painter’s tape. Load the mat and proceed with the cut.
In an overhead view, Abbi Kirsten's arms are visible as she demonstrates how to cut chunky glitter leather on your Cricut machine. The glitter leather sheets are on her left, and she has taped down the faux leather on her Cricut mat before she loads it into her Cricut machine.
  1. When you finish cutting your material, unload and remove it from the mat. It’s common for pieces to stick together, so you may need to gently pull the tree petals out to get the final release from the chunky glitter.

Assemble the Glitter Faux Leather Christmas Tree

Faux Leather Christmas Tree Craft Video Tutorial

Now it’s time to assemble our cone Christmas tree craft! Watch the Christmas Cone tree video tutorial or use the written and picture instructions, and see how easy this festive project is!

Step-by-Step Faux Leather Christmas Tree Instructions

  • Step 1: Gather all your materials and Christmas tree petals. Make sure you have a clean surface with enough space. You will need a lot of hot glue, so make sure you have plenty of glue sticks ready to go.
  • Step 2: Add hot glue to the top of the larger tree petal on the back.
  • Step 3: Place the petal on the cone’s lowest layer, leaving about ½ inch of the tree petal overhanging the bottom of the cone. Make sure none of the white of the cone is showing.
  • Step 4: Place the next larger tree petal on the right side of the first petal at the same height and slightly overlapping the edge of the first petal. Repeat until you have completed the bottom layer. On a 14-inch high cone, this takes about 18 of the larger tree petals.
  • Step 5: For the last petal of each layer, slightly lift up the edge of the next petal so you can tuck the edge of the last petal underneath. This creates a seamless layer.
  • Step 6: Continue creating layer after layer. When the cone begins to get more narrow, switch to the smaller petals. Each layer takes about two less petals than the previous layer.
  • Step 7: For the last layer, put glue on the back of the petals in the middle and bottom so the petals stick above the top of the cone. You can pinch or glue the top petals to create a pointed tree top.

This Faux Glitter Leather Cone Christmas Tree Craft project is perfect to display year after year! Capture a great Christmas vibe using glitter and your favorite colors!

Be sure to share your project in my Facebook group!

A square collage of nine images shows each step of making a faux leather Christmas tree craft using glittery faux leather sheets, a Cricut machine, and styrofoam cones.
Seven DIY faux leather Christmas tree crafts stand together in front of decorative silver garland and Christmas ornaments. Each tree is a different height and created with layers of sparkling faux leather petals in festive gold, green, blue, silver, green, and pink.
A collage of three images shows different ways of displaying DIY faux leather Christmas trees. The top images shows the Christmas tree crafts lined up on a white fireplace mantel that’s decorated with colorful garland and a “fa la la” banner. The bottom images are close-up photos of the DIY leather Christmas tree crafts, showing the detail of the glitter, color, and petals on the trees.
DIY Faux Glitter Leather Cone Christmas Tree Craft – Free Templates

Glitter Faux Leather Christmas Tree Craft with Free Templates

Active Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour
Difficulty: Easy

Are you ready for a holiday season full of glitz and glamour? This simple glitter and faux leather Christmas tree craft makes your home merry and bright. It’s easy, quick, and comes with free templates! You can use scissors or a cutting machine with our PDF and SVG cut files. This is a great craft to do while watching Hallmark Christmas movies or when the weather gets bad enough to stay inside. Bring on the holiday bling and bring some shine into the winter season!


  1. Cut out your petals by hand or with a cutting machine.
  2. Gather all your materials and cut Christmas tree petals.
  3. Apply hot glue to the top of a petal and adhere it to the bottom of the cone, leaving the bottom of the petal partially off the cone. Continue around the cone’s bottom until you have completed the first layer. 
  4. Apply alternating petals in layers around the cone. 
  5. Tuck the last petal in each layer behind the first petal in that layer. 
  6. Use smaller petals when the cone narrows. 
  7. Place hot glue on the bottom of the petal for the last layer so that the petal is slightly over the top of the cone. Pinch these petals together to make a point at the top of the cone. 

Now you have an eye-catching Christmas decoration that will last for years! Experiment with cone size and glitter or faux leather colors to create a forest of glittering wonder! 

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