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How To Make Paper Christmas Trees

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Have you started decorating for the holidays yet? Luminaries are a great way to add a cozy glow to your holiday décor, and they don’t have to be expensive. Craft Box Girls will show you how to make paper Christmas trees you can use as luminaries or stand-alone decorations; you only need a few supplies, and Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue, of course. They’re perfect for adorning your mantle or table with merry & bright cheer this season!

What you need:

Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue

- Square sheets of cardstock paper – Christmas colors and themes

- Scissors 

- Ribbons

- Sequin strands

Step 1:

Holiday papers and ribbons

You only need a few simple supplies for this easy tutorial on how to make paper Christmas trees! Choose your favorite holiday-themed cardstock papers and ribbons to start with.

Step 2:

Fold paper corner to opposite corner

To begin, fold a large square sheet of paper from corner to opposite corner to create a triangle.

Step 3:

Fold paper over twice more

Fold the bottom of the triangle over again towards the opposite corner, keeping a sharp point on one end. (This will be the top of your tree.) Fold over once more.

Step 4:

Unfold paper back into a square

Unfold your paper so it’s back into a square shape with defined folds.

Step 5:

Accordion fold paper

Following the existing folds as a guideline, accordion fold the sheet of paper over and under until you reach the other side. This will help create stability and dimension for your paper Christmas trees.

Step 6:

Cut a straight edge along the bottom

Cut a straight edge along the bottom of your folded triangle to form the base of your paper Christmas tree.

Step 7:

Create cutouts towards the top

Now to turn your paper Christmas tree into a luminary! Starting on one of your folded sides, cut a slightly curved line into the center of the folded tree (but not all the way to the opposite side), then cut another curved line towards your first cut, cutting out that section of paper. Repeat this all the way toward the tip of the tree, leaving space in between each cutout.

Step 8:

Repeat cutouts on opposite side

Repeat creating cutouts along the opposite side, cutting smaller sections in between the existing cutouts. Cut all the way to the tip of the paper Christmas tree.

Step 9:

Glue sides together

Unfold your paper Christmas tree and apply Tacky Glue along one of the sides, then press the opposite side into the glue to form a dimensional tree. Let dry completely.

Step 10

Glue bow to top of tree

Cut a strand of ribbon and tie it into a bow, then glue to the top of your paper Christmas tree. Glue a strand of sequins along the bottom edge to complete it.

Step 11:

Create more paper Christmas trees

Now that you know how to make paper Christmas trees, you can repeat this process to create as many trees as you like! You can make them different sizes and colors; have fun with it!

Step 12:

Paper Christmas Tree Luminaries

Once your paper Christmas trees are dry, it’s time to set them up and set them aglow! Aren’t they pretty?!

Step 13:

How to make paper Christmas trees

Did you like this tutorial on how to make paper Christmas trees? What Christmas decorations are you making with Aleene’s glues this year? Don’t forget to tag us on social @aleenesdiy and let us know!


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How To Make Paper Christmas Trees