How to Make a Magazine Christmas Tree

Making a Magazine Christmas Tree is a DIY craft that is super easy, cheap {or free} and perfect for the holidays!  It’s a fabulous way to recycle magazines, especially all the holiday catalogs that start stacking up this time of year.  All it takes is a few folds of the magazine pages and eventually you have a perfectly shaped tree that you can have fun displaying.  Try using different sized magazines for different sized trees!

Magazine Christmas Tree

Directions for Making a Magazine Christmas Tree:

First:  Find a Magazine that you’d like to use.

Magazine Christmas Tree

Step 1:  Open the Magazine to the middle and then make the first fold by folding the right corner down along the inner spine of the magazine as shown in picture #1.

Step 2:  Make the second fold by folding the first fold over one more time so that the fold looks like a tie as illustrated in picture #2.

Step 3:  The third fold is made by folding up the bottom piece as shown in image #3 so that there is a flat and even edge on the bottom.  Super easy since there is already a line to follow with the line of the paper.

Magazine Christmas Tree

Step 4:  Continue this pattern for every page of the magazine.

Step 5:  You are done!  Doesn’t it look great? Super easy, right?  Now you can display it in your home for a fun vintage look!

Magazine Tree

Or, if you want to embellish your tree you can spray paint it, add ribbon or do whatever you want to give it a little bling.  I spray painted my trees with green spray paint and then added some gold glitter spray paint.  Next I added some ribbon for a whimsical look.

Magazine Christmas Tree

Magazine Christmas Trees

Magazine Christmas Tree

 I can’t decide if I like Magazine Christmas Trees embellished or plain better.  Either way, they are a fun craft that you can easily do with your kids, and the best part is that they are totally free!

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  1. This is perfect for all of those catalogs that I’ve been getting lately!

  2. Thanks for sharing this! Excited to make some, I love the plain look!!

  3. that is so neat!!!!

  4. Fun. I have seen these on Pinterest. I think my six year old could figure out how to fold these, we will have to try to make one!

  5. This is SO retro! My Mom totally did this in RS in the 70’s! LOL. She made Mrs. and Mr. Santa Clauses, their bodies were the newspaper shaped different than the tree though. LOL. I’m totally flashing back to those old decorations now! Thanks for the blast to the past!

  6. Love it! I’m going to do that for Christmas Crafts tonight 🙂 I kind of like them plain, but spray painting and decorating is cute too!

  7. I remember making these as a child but I had forgotten exactly how to do it. I’ve got tons of magazines – my daughter and I are doing this tomorrow!! Thanks so much for these instructions.

  8. I love the ribbon around it. I did mine in eggplant as things for Christmas are hard to find in eggplant, while you can find oranment. However, that is about all you can find. I had to get creative and I saw one like this on pinterest. I added white snowflakes that were plastic as I had seen a second on pinterst that they added some type of decoration. Then I have seen little beads that are strung from object to object. I really have to say although is probably a thing from the 50’s I love how it goes with my colors. It is so great that people are so creative and come up with unusal ideas.

  9. Brings back memories – we had these when I was little. My Mom & Grandmother used to make these. I had forgotten about them. I should try this. Thanks for the info 🙂

  10. Beautiful craft with something I already have around the house!

  11. I’m doing this tomorrow morning, first thing! I’m going to go and dig through my paper recycling for ALL the magazines and doing this! LOL! So simple and cute!

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