Craft Tutorial: Larger than Life Paper Christmas Tree

We debated for about a second whether to take the plunge and buy a plastic tree for Christmas. But because our time here is short, we knew we could use our resources to make a more kid-friendly Christmas tree.

If you have construction paper, you can make this easy and removable paper Christmas tree.

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I would have done this design above (using 8.5×11 or A4 sized green and brown construction paper), if it were not for all the leftover butcher paper from the Halloween party.

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I put this bare tree up on the wall one morning, and when Piano Man came home, he was pleasantly surprised.  He forgot to have a snack after school and promptly began working on making paper ornaments.

IMG_1077So after several days, he has made some interesting decorating choices.  But it’ll probably be a work in progress everyday leading up to Christmas.

Supplies:

green butcher paper (or plenty of green 8.5×11 or A4 paper)

colored construction paper for paper ornaments (yellow, red, brown, and any other color you desire)

stickers (available in the $1 section at Target)

leftover magazines, Christmas cards, etc. (to decorate the tree)

tape

scissors

glue

Directions:

1. Fold green butcher paper in half. Cut out tree in green butcher paper to your desired length and width. Unfold and tape up to a bare wall.

2. Design, cut, and decorate paper ornaments and tape to the tree.

3. Design, cut, and tape a yellow star (or any other design you choose) out of construction paper.

4. Add stickers in a pattern at an angle down the tree.

5. Add a brown piece of construction paper at the bottom of the tree. (I opted to not add it since our little Linus would find a way to rip it down.)

6. Voila! You have a splendid 2D paper Christmas tree just in time for the holidays.

There’s still time to add a little Christmas cheer, so go ahead and make a paper with your friends or family!

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