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How To Make DIY Paper Christmas Trees

I love Christmas Trees of all shapes and sizes. I really have no idea how many trees I have around the house during the holidays, so adding a few more isn’t a problem.

This is a tutorial on How to Make DIY Paper Christmas Trees that can be used alone, on a garland or as a tree ornament. A cheap DIY Christmas tree made with regular copy paper.

As I folded my trees, I was reminded of the folded Fortune Telling game we made as kids. Do you remember those? I think they are also called Origami or Chatterbox.

The thing I remember most, is how excited I was when I finally leaned to fold them correctly. You may feel the same about these trees.

That is why I have included a video tutorial as well as the written blog. You may find it useful to refer to both.

DIY Christmas Tree with Paper

The. only supplies you need are 20-24 lb. copy paper and baker’s twine or jute twine.

I used white paper, however this green copy paper or red would look great as well.

Diy Paper Christmas Trees

Begin by folding your 8 1/2 x 11 paper into a 8 1/2 inch square.

Cut off the excess paper.

  1. Open the square and fold across the opposite corner. You should have a good X shaped crease in the paper.
  2. Then open the square and fold the paper in half, making a rectangle. Open and repeat on opposite side creating cross shaped crease. Then turn the paper over and fold the last two creases in the opposite direction.
  3. When folded in half, peaks of the X shaped crease should now be facing outward.
  4. Now fold once more allowing the peaks to move outward and the other creases to move inward.
How to fold the paper for the DIY Paper Christmas Trees

You will now have 4 peaks which you want to allow to come forward as shown below.

DIY Christmas Trees with Paper

Fold the peak creating a pocket and press with your fingers for a good crease. Refer to the image below.

Folding the DIY Christmas Trees with Paper.

When all 4 peaks have been pressed open, your square will now have 4 pockets as you can see below.

Show how to fold the paper for the DIY Paper Christmas Trees.

Using scissors, cut away the excess above the pockets. When you turn this over, you will have a tree shape with a center crease.

Finally, make sure you have an even amount of folded pieces on each side of the center fold.

Cut your Tree

You are now ready to cut your tree.

First, make four cuts on either side of the tree.

Be sure to cut horizontally, approx. 1/3 – 1/2 inch from the edge of each tree. The cut areas should be even on both sides of the tree if possible.

Cut the paper tree to create a whimsical shaped tree.

Begin to fold each cut area downward, leaving a point at the beginning of the next cut.

Make sure you press the folded crease well. Repeat this folding process until all the tree points have been created.

Finally, fluff your tree.

These trees stand alone or you can use them to create a garland or add them to your tree as an ornament.

Finished Paper Christmas Tree

Make a Garland with Paper Christmas Trees

I decided to make a garland with my white paper Christmas Trees by stringing them together with red and white baker’s twine.

To do this, just use a large eyed sewing needle and thread with the twine. Cut the twine the approx. 10 inches longer than you want your finished garland.

Use red and white baker's twine to string the diy paper Christmas trees together

Run the needle through the top of each tree and tie a knot. Space the trees evenly along the twine.

Add a single piece of twine if you’d rather use your paper Christmas trees as single ornaments on your tree.

sting the diy paper Christmas trees together for a creative garland

Hang your garland and enjoy.

DIY Christmas Trees made with paper to create a fun garland for the porch.

The garland can be used on your tree, in a window or door. Anywhere you want to add some holiday charm.

DIY Paper Christmas Trees made into a garland

I had one tree left over and it sits perfectly on a red candle holder.

Free standing DIY Christmas Tree with Paper

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.

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Rachel Granholm

Wednesday 29th of December 2021

Hello! What an absolutely simple and creative project! It is so pretty strung with that red and white twine. I just love it! Thanks for sharing!


Wednesday 29th of December 2021

Oh I'm so glad you like it. Thanks for stopping by.


Wednesday 22nd of December 2021

Merry Christmas Rachael! Best Christmas craft this Christmas! Love anything using paper! Can see this done in many papers, Sunday comics for the kids, old wall paper, old sheet music, old maps . SOOO Fun! Thank You for all your hard work this year on your blog. Feels like a visit when we watch your videos. Happy New Year!


Wednesday 22nd of December 2021

Barb, I appreciate this sweet encouragement so so much. I hope you are blessed with the best Christmas ever.

Janice Hebert

Wednesday 22nd of December 2021

Oh my goodness Rachel, these are so much fun to make! My 10 year old granddaughter is here for a few days and we are going to make enough for a garland. Thanks for sharing! Jan in MA


Wednesday 22nd of December 2021

Janice, You are so sweet. I'm so glad you liked this.


Tuesday 21st of December 2021

I love all of your many ideas. I retired this past year and now it is on to the fun things to start making! Have a wonderful holiday and year ahead!


Tuesday 21st of December 2021

Ann, Thanks so much for stopping by. I'm so glad you liked this.


Tuesday 21st of December 2021

Sooooo cute! These will be high on the list for next year! The little Grands loved making paper bag snowflakes, next year we’ll be making little trees!


Tuesday 21st of December 2021

Marci, I'm so glad you like this. Sorry it's so late. Time ran out on me this year.