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DIY Paper Christmas Tree Craft with FREE Template!

Make an easy paper Christmas tree craft this holiday season with a free template and step by step instructions!

Back at you with an easy paper craft for kids or adults! Making paper Christmas trees is a great way to spend quality time together that ends up with DIY Christmas decor.

If you are a teacher, these paper crafts would be a great activity for young kids to practice their fine motor skills or even for older kids!

An easy Christmas tree craft is also a fun project to keep kids busy at a holiday party or to give you a little time while you are trying to get dinner on the table.

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For this tutorial, I will be showing you how to make a 2 D paper Christmas tree that stands up. But you could also use this Christmas tree shape to make other crafts.

  • Add the paper tree to a napkin holder to make a Christmas napkin ring or glue it to the front of candles or pots to add easy holiday spirit to anything!
  • Or glue a popsicle stick on the back to stick in plants or use as a puppet.
  • Glue on a ribbon at the top of the tree and use it as paper ornaments.
  • A fun way to add dimension to the craft would be to cut some thin paper and make it a tissue paper Christmas tree.
  • Or add different colors of mini pom poms and sequins to the tree pattern instead of the flat circle ornaments.
  • Glue the flat part of the tree on folded cardstock to make Christmas cards.
  • Use a hole punch and string to make a Christmas tree garland out of a bunch of the paper trees.
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DIY Paper Christmas Tree Craft

Yield: 1 Christmas tree
Active Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $0

Great easy paper craft to make with kids or students during the Christmas season!



  • pencil
  • printer


  1. Download the Christmas tree template from below and print it out on copy paper. Cut out all the pieces and use those as a template to trace on the colored craft paper. Use two different shades of green paper or green cardstock for the tree pattern. Cut out the traced patterns.paper christmas tree craftchristmas tree craft pieces
  2. Glue the four layers of the tree together with the largest pieces on the bottom. easy paper christmas tree craft
  3. Attach the small strips on the tree.paper christmas tree craft tutorial
  4. Then glue the small round cutouts on top of the strips to form the Christmas tree tree craft easy
  5. Attach the star to the top of the Christmas tree and glue the other colorful balls randomly around the tree.making christmas tree crafts with paper
  6. Cut out the square shape for the trunk of the tree out of brown paper.standing paper craft christmas tree with balls
  7. Roll the brown paper and glue the sides to form a cylinder shape. Cut 2 slits on two opposite sides of the cylinder.paper christmas tree craft diy
  8. Insert the bottom of the tree through the slits to make the tree stand up on it's trunk.paper christmas trees
  9. Make as many paper Christmas tree crafts as you want or need!how to make paper christmas tree that stands up


Christma tree template below.

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If you are a fan of great crafts, make sure to check out our other simple Christmas crafts including Elf on the Shelf puppet craft, handmade Christmas ornaments, and cute gnome felt ornaments.

Free Christmas Tree Template Download

As with all my free printables, these are for personal use only! Please no selling or redistributing of PDF files or digital downloads. Thank you!

Simply click on the download button below and the PDF file of the pattern will automatically download or pop up in a new window to download.

For more easy Christmas activities, learn how to make paper snowflakes at Then add them as ornaments to your own Christmas tree!

Thanks so much for stopping by and wishing you a Merry Christmas!


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