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Paper Christmas Tree Tutorial

Dear friends Wish you a very very Happy New Year.
The end of the year had quite a few ups and downs for me so blogging took a big backseat.I did miss my blogland friends and am so glad to be back.
During the festive season, I was obsessed with making trees using  different media …I made a Beaded Christmas tree , a Stacked Star box Christmas tree and several different types of paper Christmas trees!
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Paper Christmas Tree
I had seen paper cone wreaths and paper cone flowers on the net and my little one and I tried making our version of a paper cone Christmas tree .We used squares of thin chart paper to make our paper cones and stuck them to a cardboard tube [the recycled central remaining part of an Aluminium foil roll] to make our handmade Christmas tree.
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Paper Christmas Tree
Used a spellbinders die to cut ornaments from glitter foam and attached it to the under surface of some of the paper cones using transparent twine and a sticky tape.Added snowtex [also used in this Christmas diorama]on tips of the paper cones and also dabbed on some festive glitter on our tree[my daughter was rather critical of the random glitter!]
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Paper Christmas Tree
We made the festive ribbon bow atop our tree by gluing together varying strips of ribbon.This was one of the rare times I could make a passable bow and my daughter was full of encouragement! I do so admire ladies who make gorgeous bows!
Sharing how we made our Paper Christmas tree

DIY Christmas Tree Tutorial

Materials Required 

  1. Paper- Thin chart paper , pattern paper,magazine sheets,newspaper all work fine
  2. Central Support- we recycled the central cardboard tube of an used up Aluminium foil roll .You could also use a  wooden /plastic cylinder or a Styrofoam cone if that is available in your country[never seen it in Indian stores]
  3. Sticky tape – using sticky tape/cellotape is the fastest and easiest way to make your paper tree
  4. Stapler-We found using a stapler the easiest way to make our paper cones.If you are working with very young children maybe tape is a better option to prevent stapling little fingers!
  5. Base-Any plastic /glass /metal container to fix the central support of your tree.The base of this paper cone tree was made using a plastic container and play dough in a similar fashion to the base of my Beaded Christmas tree 
We used 4 sizes of squares [6,5,4 and 3 inch] to make the paper cone layers of our paper tree.
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Paper Christmas Tree Tutorial
Here is my little one rolling up her paper cones.
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Paper Christmas Tree Tutorial
Rolling up the paper cones wasnt as easy as expected and my little one got it right only after quite a few trials and lots of encouragement!
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Paper Christmas Tree Tutorial
Stapling the cones was the easiest and quickest way!More variations on paper cone formation and size here.
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Paper Christmas Tree Tutorial
Making these trees actually required 4 hands!!..One pair of hands to hold the central support and the paper cone in place and another pair to tape the cones to the central support! So this is an ideal craft to do as  as a family or in a craft class.
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Paper Christmas Tree Tutorial
Here is my young crafter all proud of her first layer of her paper tree!
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Paper Christmas Tree Tutorial
We stuck our 2nd layer of paper cones about an inch above the tips of our base layer [no hard and fast rule—go by what looks good to you].
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Paper Christmas Tree Tutorial
You need not be very tidy while sticking the cones to the central tube as the tip is going to get hidden by the paper cone layer you will add on top.
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Paper Christmas Tree Tutorial
Our tree did manage to look quite wobbly at a certain point of time and I had to nudge some of the cones around to get a bit of order in our DIY Christmas tree!
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Paper Christmas Tree Tutorial
My little one made the snowman ornaments by painting and altering[with bead eyes and pom pom noses] some garish store bought ornaments.
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DIY Christmas Tree 
I hope you liked our homemade DIY Christmas tree…hope the idea will come in handy for the festive seasons in the coming years.
Edited : this DIY Paper tree was featured on Artsy Craftsy and was finalist at Itsy Bitsy Festive theme challenge

73 comments:

  1. Wonderful paper Christmas tree. Great that your daughter was wanting to make one. Like the added snow texture & ornaments. Happy New Year!
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

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    1. Thank you so much Melissa so good to have you drop in...I missed you dear blogger pal.Off to your blog

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  2. Brilliant project p, wish I had had this for Christmas.
    Will bookmark it for future use.
    Wonderful to see your daughter so happy crafting
    Hugs

    Patricia xx

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    1. Thank you so much Patricia...yes this project is a bit late or can I say very early!

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  3. Lovely project.
    I like the little ornaments too.
    Happy New Year.
    Gr Elly

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    1. Elly Thank you so much ..yes I loved the spellbinder die which helped me make them

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  4. What a fun tree, and so pretty! Your daughter is really growing up. She's a beautiful young lady! Thanks for sharing, Sonia :-)

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    1. Thank you so much Patti...oh yes she is growing up but still a baby!!

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  5. A wonderful tree and the little ornaments just make the finishing touch. Perfect. Hugs Mrs a.

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  6. This is so pretty! I love it!! And the ornaments and the snow :)

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    1. Thank you so much Katy..yeah I loved the snow!

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  7. Your tree is fabulous Sonia. Thanks for the tutorial..Happy new year to you and your family..Loz

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  8. wowser !! fab tree. Amazing tutorials shown by your daughter. HAPPY NEW YEAR.

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    1. Thank you Litasha.Will visit you soon

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  9. Gorgeous Christmas tree Dr Sonia.. love the ornaments and mostly the snowman that prisha has altered .. She is enjoying a lot while doing lovely :)

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    1. Oh yes Radhika the snowmen looked quite ghastly before we altered them

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  10. Cool idea to make with kids.TFS.

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    1. Thank you so much Sheetal..actually its a difficult craft to do alone!!

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  11. Hey doctor!! Your kiddo has grown up :) i have come here after almost an year and i see her so so so grown up now :) isn't it aweso e to see them blossom :)

    And i loved your Christmas tree! The ornaments are cute too..

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    1. Good to have you drop in Dolly...yes she is growing up and her crafting skills are blooming!

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  12. thanks for ur inspiring posts..hav been a silent reader for ur blog for about an year :P
    ur posts are so much helpful and inspiring..asusual loved the work..the tree is so cute..but,snowman is my fav,i go crazy over it werevr i see it :P

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    1. Soundarya....Thank you so much ...Please dont be a silent reader..do comment I love to interact with my blogger friends

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  13. Hi Dr Sonia,
    Wishing you and your family a very Happy New year :) ..Your pine cone tree looks awesome I love your recycling ideas so much and your little one is so adorable in helping you create such beautiful projects :)..The snowtex and the addition of glitter is just perfect !

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    1. Thank you so much Hussena..we had a blast making this one!

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  14. Great idea! and how simple! I really like your Christmas tree :)

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    1. Thank you so much Joolaa

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  15. I love your paper cone tree. I've used the cones to make a wreath so next year I'll have to try the tree. The ornaments you cut out look so pretty on there too and the bow on the top is perfect

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    1. Ann...you make awesome Xmas ornaments..I still remember your reindeer and stick ornaments

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  16. Lovely tree and such a simple, do able tutorial.

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    1. Thank you so much Rupa..ha ha some projects are easier than look this one is more difficult than it looks!!

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  17. Your paper tree is beautiful. I love how you inspire people to craft with their children. What lovely memories you are building with your daughter. You sure can't put a price on that.

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    1. Thank you so much Teresa...and actually documenting it on my blog helps store those memories!!

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  18. Welcome back Doctor!! I had a big smile on my face when I saw your post, I was really missing your beautiful creations! ! :)
    The tree looks fantastic! Loved all the ornaments and that bow looks beautiful! Great work by mamma and daughter! :) Thanks for sharing the tutorial! And a very Happy New Year to you and your family! :)

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  19. Oh Doc, This is soooooooo cute!!! I love all the talent you have. And your sweet heart shows in it. I wish you the happiest new year!!! Hugs!!!

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  20. very nice....innovative infact:)

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  21. WOW! Sonia that´s such an amazing project and it´s so easy even your little one can help! I love your paper christmas tree!
    Thank you for joining us at Fairy Tale Challenge! xx Bianca

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  22. Beautiful Christmas tree. I love the sparkly ornaments and the snowy branches. Your daughter looks like she is really enjoying herself!
    Pam
    scrap-n-sewgranny.blogspot.com

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  23. Your son is so adorable. Love his Christmas tree.
    Hugs, Patricia

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  24. Wish you a very Happy New year :). Christmas tree is beautiful I love those silver ornaments

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  25. Wow!! I have never seen a Christams tree made like this before. It looks gorgeous. It's so nice to see your daughter making it.:)

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    1. Thank you so much Jasleen...I was obsessed with Christmas trees and you wouldnt believe the variety we made!

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  26. Oh wow, this is absolutely gorgeous!! And it's bigger than I thought in the first picture!! You are so creative!! Thanks for the awesome tutorial!! Your daughter is so beautiful!!

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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    1. Thank you so much Lisa...oh yes its quite a big one and the red balls are regular christmas tree ornaments

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  27. Happy New year! Such a great tree! Love the ornaments! Carri~Abusybee

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    1. Thank you so much Carri...Wish you a Happy New Year

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  28. this is such a great craft, your daughter is so cute! hope everything is going ok for you, we're glad to have you back. happy new year :)
    -Rachel w k
    rwkrafts.com

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    1. Rachel Thank you so much ...yes things are much better now but struggling to craft!

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  29. Welcome back and a very happy new year to you and yours.The tree turned out gorgeous.Making a paper cone wreath has been on my wishlist forever.I wish I was not so lazy.It looks lovely though,so maybe you can make it since you are so much more efficient.

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    1. Pallavi so good to have you drop in.Have missed you..somehow in our Indian culture wreaths equate to funerals or so my mom once reminded me so I can't bring myself to go the western way and make a 3 D wreath though I have made a
      pop up wreath card

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  30. another lovely work by prisha mol. beautiful chritmas tree

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    1. Thank you so much Shylaa...wanted to send you a Xmas card but things got a bit crazy in Dec and can you believe I didnt make a single Christmas card!

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  31. How fantastic...a lot larger than I first thought. Your daughter looks like she had a fantastic time. Happy New Year to you and your family. Hope life has settled now.

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    1. Thank you so much Merry...yes small cones would be more finicky to handle for little hands so we went big size for this one!

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  32. The tree is quite big ! I thought it must be table top tree may be a 1/2 feet or so but its big and fuller ! Loved the idea of using cone for Christmas tree and the bow at top too :) !Glitter ornaments add to the festive touch .

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    1. Yes Pooja it is a big one and stands 13 inches tall..sitting majestically on our craft table!

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  33. Beautiful tree! I wish you and your little artist a Happy New Year and a lot of creations! Big hug from Croatia!

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    1. Thank you so much .Wish you a happy New year too

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  34. Very cute "Cone tree", Dr Sonia. Very innovative and good to see your daughter working along side with you :)

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    1. Thank you so much Sarah..she loves to craft and is very fond of beading too

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  35. Wishing you and your little artist a Crafty New Year! I LOVE the Christmas tree, from the thumbnail picture I thought it's a little one, but now I get to see it in all its splendor! Great work, girls! :)

    Hugs!
    Manu

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    1. Thank you so much Manu yes its one big tree!!

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  36. I love this cone tree..............the snow, the glitter, the ornaments makes it just perfect.

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    1. Thank you so much Tanvi...so happy you like all our tiny detailing

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  37. Its really amazing Sonia... yes... kids can enjoy ths new idea...

    Wish you nd family a very happy new year dear...

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  38. Cho sweet!!!I shld do its with my son!!Its gonna be fun for sure!!!U r my inspiration!!

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  39. Hello Dr. Sonia:) Happy New Year! Fun and beautiful project that the kiddos can enjoy. Thank you for sharing and cheers for an amazing new 2014!
    Hugs,
    Norma

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  40. What an amazing project Dr Sonia!!! very creative... :) How I wish my son was grown enough to make this tree with me... This project s for sure added to my to do list for mommy n son bonding time ;)

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  41. Wow, was für ein tolles Werk. Sieht wirklich klasse aus. Danke für deine Teilnahme bei Fairy tale Challenge. LG Jenny

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  42. Beautiful work! And it is so easy too! Thanks for sharing with us!

    Regards,
    Sindhu
    Tantu
    The Arts & Me

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