How to Make a Paper Christmas Tree

Making a Paper 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 cereal boxes to be used for the bases, and use up that scrapbooking paper you have laying around.  All it takes is making your tree bases, punching out the scrapbook paper, rolling the end, and gluing them to the base!  Eventually you have a perfectly shaped tree that you can have fun displaying.  You can even add glitter to it.  Try using different sized bases for different sized trees!

Paper Christmas Trees

Supplies Needed to Make a Paper Christmas Tree:


  • Scrapbook Paper (3-12″x12″ sheets)
  • Tag Punch
  • Cereal Box
  • Spray Adhesive
  • Glitter
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue Gun

Directions for Making a Paper Christmas Tree:

Make paper cone

Step 1: Open up the cereal box from the seams and lay flat.  Make a protractor using a pencil, yarn or string and marker like pictured above.  Cut out shape.

Hot Glue together

Step 2:  Hot glue along one side of the half circle to hold the cone in place.

Paper Cone DIY

Step 3:  Tree base will look like this after it is rolled and glued.

Punch Tags

Step 4:  Begin punching out the tags on all 3 sheets of scrapbook paper.  Tip: The bigger cereal box used the bigger the tree so you will need more tags.  (The blue tree was made using a small cereal box and 3 sheets of scrapbook paper.  The larger white tree was made using a family sized cereal box and 5 sheets of scrapbook paper.)

Roll Tags

Step 5:  After you’re done punching out the tags begin rolling them on a pencil.  Start at the bottom of the tag and roll in.  You do not have to roll the top portion of the tag.  This step is perfect for enlisting your child’s help!

Glue Curled Tags On

Step 6:  Here’s the tedious part of the project.  Beginning at the bottom of the tree base begin gluing the tags on by overlapping them.  Once you finish one layer begin the next.  Make sure you don’t space out the rows too much or you will be able to see gaps.

If you want to embellish your tree you can spray on adhesive and sprinkle with glitter to give it a little bling.  You could of course leave it plain, but I think the glitter really enhances it!

Paper Christmas Trees

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  1. So cute! Thanks for the instructions!

  2. I love this. Such cute trees. Without that need shape-punch I think I’ll have to just cut some rectangles out of paper but I could get a similar look. And I know the girl will want to blast it with glitter. Thanks for the instructions!

  3. Love these! I might have to try making these with my littles 🙂

  4. How pretty! I need to try to make my home more festive this holiday season. I’ll have to stop back by later and see what else you’ve got over here – I was coming by for Wordful Wednesday after the first time in a few years. I am glad to see you still blogging, and making such pretty stuff, at that!