Created by: Emily Buys, Clever Housewife
Making your own Christmas decorations is often inexpensive and a fun way to express your style. This Scrapbook Paper Christmas Tree is so easy and really only takes a few dollars to make. It looks darling displayed on an end table or mantle.
- 10 pieces of 8.5"x11” scrapbook paper in reds and greens, plus one yellow print
- 14” piece of 3/8” dowel
- 36” green floral wire
- 4” clay pot
- 2-3” square of floral foam or Styrofoam
- Holiday print fabric quarter
- 16” curling ribbon
- Cut each of the red and green scrapbook papers down to 2.5” x 11”. From the yellow toned scrapbook paper, cut out a small star to be your tree topper.
- Fold each red and green sheet into an accordion lengthwise. Make sure the printed side is facing out. Then decide which order you want the papers to be stacked on the tree. Once decided, cut each accordion paper down by ½” to 1”, depending on how tiered you want your tree to look. Each layer can vary slightly.
- Find the center of the green floral wire and wrap it around the dowel one and a half times, approximately three inches from the bottom. Get it nice and snug, making sure both sides of the wire are even in length.
- Start with your first paper accordion and hold it in front of the dowel, crossing the wire over the top of the paper and around the dowel. Repeat with the other side of the wire, creating an X over each piece of paper. Bring the wire around the back of the dowel and to the front. Repeat with remaining papers, leaving a small space between each.
- When you’ve reached the top of the dowel, it’s time to attach the star. Carefully wrap the wire around the two bottom legs of the star, and tightly around the dowel to secure. You can back the star with cardstock if it helps make it sturdier.
- Prepare the base of the tree by snugly fitting the floral foam into the clay pot, then stick the bottom of the dowel tree into the center of the foam.
- Wrap the fabric quarter around the pot and tie with a piece of curling ribbon. Curl ends and you’re done!