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How to Make a Christmas Tree Craft

by Rachel Withers
December 13, 2023
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Create this simple Christmas tree craft with toddlers and big kids too! These Christmas trees really shine and also make sweet Christmas craft cards.

Updated November 2023

We first made these sparkling Christmas trees when my son was a toddler. Each year, we have new renditions that we give as teacher gifts or cards for family and friends.

I especially love how each year our trees look totally different, in true process art fashion.

The best part about this Christmas tree craft is it uses mostly recycled materials. One year, we even reused dried paint blobs which (unintentionally) made awesome little ornaments for the trees. We’ve also added glitter stars which really made these trees sparkle!

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Photo by Rachel Withers

How to Make a Christmas Tree Craft


Time needed: 2 hours


  1. Cut cardboard into tree shapes

    You may wish to do this first step ahead of time, depending on your child’s age.

  2. Paint your trees

    Next, use a brush to paint your cardboard trees. We also like using sponge dot brushes which make great painted ornaments.

    Set aside and let dry for a couple hours.

  3. Add loose parts

    Then glue on whatever loose parts you have at your home. Recycled pouch lids, pom poms, beads and sequins to name just a few!

    wrap garland or pipecleaners on cardboard christmas tree craft

  4. Wrap garland

    If you’d like, you might add pipe cleaners or ribbon as a Christmas tree garland.

    garland and ornament decorations for trees

  5. Make glitter stars

    Finally, add glitter to your tree or star for the top of the tree. Glitter glue, confetti, or loose glitter will make these trees really sparkle!

    adding ribbon and stars to cardboard christmas trees
    Pro tip: Be sure to glitter in a tray, over the trash can, or most preferably: outside!

    If you’d like to add a star to your tree, cut that out of cereal box cardboard. It’s thin enough, but sturdy to hold its shape. Add glue & glitter, set aside and let dry. When dry, glue your stars on the cardboard trees.

I hope your kids enjoy this sweet Christmas tradition! I like to keep a few trees from each year and enjoy seeing them again each holiday season.

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Photo by Rachel Withers

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