Pretty Paper Christmas Trees

An adorable handmade holiday craft that will take less than an hour -- and cost under $20.
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By: Heather Freeman

Materials Needed:

  • 2 Styrofoam cones: one larger, one smaller
  • glue gun
  • scissors
  • buttons
  • miniature ornaments
  • scissors
  • several large sheets of green construction or craft paper
  • taper candle

Cut Strips of Paper

For your smaller tree, cut 6 thick strips of paper (around 4" thick). For the larger tree, cut 11 pieces.

Make Fringe

Using scissors, cut 3/4 through each strip but be careful not to cut all the way through.

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Measure Strips

Starting at the base of each tree, the largest part, wrap strips around and measure the width needed. Repeat until you’ve covered the whole tree and mark off where you’ll need to trim each strip to fit. Cut each strip to fit around the tree; every ascending strip should be slightly smaller.

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Curl Branches

Using a large taper candle, wrap each strip, which will be the branches, around until it’s curving out.

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Secure Branches

Your branches should be cut to size and curled now. Apply a dab of hot glue to the tree and wrap the largest strip around the bottom of the tree. Repeat, slightly overlapping, until you reach the top of the tree. Before you wrap the top layer, cover the very top of your tree with a round piece of paper and fold down the edges. Then glue the remaining strip of branches around it.

Decorate the Tree

Glue on buttons, miniature ornaments and a star on top.

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