Create a 3D cardboard Christmas trees for kids. Paint and decorate with buttons, pompoms and other craft materials.
Updated September 2022
My neighbor sent me a photo last week of a Christmas tree they saw at a church event and thought that I might like to try with the kids.
It was a 3-D cardboard tree, painted green, and covered in button ornaments.
We gave the simple and festive cardboard Christmas trees a go and they turned out great!
Cardboard Christmas Trees for Kids
- Paper or cardstock for template
- Corrugated cardboard
- Utility knife or X-acto knife
- Hot glue gun
- Paint (tempera paint, BioColors, or acrylic paint)
- Assorted buttons
- Make a template
First, create your template by drawing a simple Christmas tree shape on your paper or cardstock. Cut it out and either fold or cut it in half along the center line.
- Trace the trees
Next, trace your template onto sturdy, corrugated cardboard. You’ll want one full tree and two half trees for each 3D Christmas tree you make.
- Cut the tree shapes
Use the utility knife with a fresh, sharp blade to cut out the cardboard tree shapes. (Adults only, of course.)
Note :: You’ll want to protect your work surface with a cutting mat or another piece of cardboard so you don’t cut your table or floor or whatever.
- Glue the trees together
Use a hot glue gun to glue the half trees to the center of each side of the full cardboard tree.
I ran a line of glue down the center of the tree, positioned the half tree along the glue line, then held it in place while I ran a second line of glue along the base of the half tree on either side. (Does that make sense?)
- Add paint!
- Decorate your tree!
Once the paint is dry, bring out your buttons (or pom poms or whatever craft materials that you have available).
- Glue on craft materials
Use a hot glue gun to glue your buttons to the cardboard Christmas tree.
You could probably also use a bottle of white school glue, but might need to work on sections at a time, keeping the buttons relatively flat while the glue dries.
We love the way the trees look and they are a great little gift to give teachers, friends or neighbors!
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