3D Paper Christmas Tree

Create your own three-dimensional Christmas tree out of paper and a toilet paper tube.

Safety Tips

  • Small materials like buttons, beads, or sequins are choking hazards. Not suitable for use by kids below the age of three.
  • Watch out for this sign Ask for an adult's help. It means adult help is needed for the particular step.
3D Paper Christmas Tree craft

Materials

  • Green paper or card stock
  • Toilet paper tube
  • White glue
  • Scissors
  • Craft knife
  • Paper or fabric star
  • Sequins, small paper shapes, beads, buttons,
    glitter glue, etc.

Steps

Step 1 3D Paper Christmas Tree craft 1. Print out this square pyramid template on A4 or Letter size green paper or card stock. The printable includes 3 pyramid templates of varying sizes.
Step 2 3D Paper Christmas Tree craft Ask for an adult's help2. Use a craft knife to make cross slits following the "X" lines at the center of each square pyramid.
Step 3 3D Paper Christmas Tree craft 3. Cut out all 3 square pyramids.
Step 4 3D Paper Christmas Tree craft 4. On one square pyrmaid, fold one of the triangles inward. Unfold.
Step 5 3D Paper Christmas Tree craft 5. Fold the 3 other triangles inwards as well. Unfold all three. Now all 4 triangles are properly creased at the base.
Step 6 3D Paper Christmas Tree craft 6. Notice how two of the triangles have a pair of side tabs. Fold each side tab inwards.
Step 7 3D Paper Christmas Tree craft 7. Bring one triangle with side tabs up towards the center. Bring an adjacent triangle up towards the center as well. Glue the two triangles together by the side tab.
Step 8 3D Paper Christmas Tree craft 8. Bring the remaining triangles towards the center, gluing them together along the side tabs.
Step 9 3D Paper Christmas Tree craft 9. Assemble the 2 other templates following Steps 4 to 8 to come up with 3 square pyramids of different sizes.
Step 10 3D Paper Christmas Tree craft 10. Turn the middle-sized pyramid upside-down so that the base is facing towards you. Push the flaps at the center inwards.
Step 11 3D Paper Christmas Tree craft 11. Apply glue lines connecting the four corners of the cross slits.
Step 12 3D Paper Christmas Tree craft 12. Position the middle-sized pyramid on top of the large pyramid. Gently push down the middle-sized pyramid so that the tip of the large pyramid is pushed inside the cross slits of the middle-sized pyramid. The glue you applied in Step 11 will bind the two pyramids permanently together.
Step 13 3D Paper Christmas Tree craft 13. Do Steps 10-11 for the small pyramid and position it on top of the middle-sized pyramid. Carefully push down on the small pyramid to glue it firmly onto the middle-sized pyramid. With all pyramids stacked one on top of the other, you now have a basic Christmas tree shape.
Step 14 3D Paper Christmas Tree craft 14. Do Steps 10-11 for the large pyramid. Insert a toilet paper tube through the cross slits. Push the toilet paper tube until its top touches the inside walls of the large pyramid.

*If the toilet paper tube is too tall for your liking, you can trim it beforehand. Instead of using a toilet paper tube, you can also roll a piece of brown card stock or construction paper to make the tree trunk.
Step 16 3D Paper Christmas Tree craft 15. Now all your tree needs is some holiday decorations. Glue on some sequins, rhinestones, fabric stars, stickers, foam shapes, or paper shapes. You can also draw sparkly dots and lines with glitter glue or puffy paint.

More Ideas

Coloring the template with crayons or paint Instead of using green paper, you can print out the template on plain white paper or card stock. Color the triangles with green crayon, oil pastel, colored pencil, or even with green poster paint or tempera paint. If you choose to paint, make sure to use card stock and to add just a minimal amount of water to the paint to prevent the paper from wrinkling.
3D paper Christmas tree with buttons and beads The crayon strokes created a pine-like look for this tree. When gluing on heavier materials like buttons and beads, make sure to use card stock instead of paper when printing out the templates.
3D paper Christmas tree with gold trimmings When painting the triangles on the template, you can create a textured look for your tree by using 2 shades of green. Paint all the triangles with the first color and drybrush short streaks of the second color of paint. To drybrush, you just need to dip the tips of a dry paint brush onto undiluted paint.
Snowy 3D paper Christmas tree To make a snowy tree, you can apply streaks of white paint either after Step 9 or after Step 14.

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