A fun 3D paper Christmas tree that is perfect for preschoolers and kindergarteners. This fun Christmas tree is a great construction paper craft that you can create with your kids. So grab some Christmas colored paper scraps and let’s create this fun Christmas 3D tree!
3D Paper Christmas Tree
The basic process behind creating this 3D paper Christmas tree was the same as we used for our 3D rainbow. Since all of our little ones (from 4-9) enjoyed putting that together we knew this 3D paper Christmas tree would be a hit!
You can use whatever you have around to decorate which makes it even better! We used sequins for our pictures. But stickers, construction paper scraps, and markers work just as well.
We even turned this craft into a coloring page style craft. You can grab the printable here!
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Tips for making this construction paper Christmas tree.
- Print our template if you are doing this craft with a group of kids or if you just want to save time.
- If you are cutting the paper strips for your kids, we recommend saving time with a paper cutter.
- Use what you have on hand for the tree decorations. We used red and green sequins, but you can use scraps of construction paper, stickers, glitter, etc.
- Have your kids count to ten while holding down the paper strips. This gives the glue a chance to set.
How to make a 3D Christmas tree
Below is our step by step tutorial for creating this 3D paper Christmas tree. Feel free to print it for easy reference.
- Start by prepping your paper strips. You will need one 1″x6″ brown strip for the trunk. You will also need between 5 & 7 green strips. These will be 1″x9″ (the short length of the paper).Kids can decorate each strip, so if you have a younger child 5 will be plenty.
- Stack your green strips leaving about half an inch before placing the next one.
- Flip-up the opposite end and trim off the extra green.
- Fold over the end to create a tab.
- Even out the other side of the strips and fold in the same direction.Your green paper should now go from full-length strips down to a very short strip.
- It’s time to decorate! We used red and green sequins. Feel free to use whatever you have on hand.
- We have a star punch so we added that on the top.Once your branches are all decorated it is time to assemble the tree.
- Place the trunk in the center of the page near the bottom.
- Start near the top of your page with the shortest green strip.
- Use the tabs that were folded earlier to add glue. They will touch on the paper creating an arch.
- Take the next smallest and place using the same technique a little lower so there is a little gap between the tabs.
- Continue this all the way down your tree.
- You can add presents to the bottom. My little one even ended up adding bows and a bit more shimmer on her tree.
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- Paper tube fireworks – Grab some paper tubes and make these 3D paper fireworks!
- Looped paper Christmas Tree – Another 3d Christmas tree craft that kids will love to make.
- Paper Strip Christmas Craft – Let your kids practice their cutting skills while creating an adorable paper Christmas tree.
- Glittery Stick Ornament – Use sticks and glitter to create these sparkly tree shaped ornaments.
When to make 3D Christmas trees
Sometimes you see a craft and think, oh that’s cute! But then you don’t know when you will make it. Here are some ideas for this fun art project!
- Create this simple paper Christmas tree at your Christmas party, while everyone is waiting to unwrap the gifts.
- Create a fun 3D Christmas card to give to loved ones.
- Because there is a template, this is a great craft to make with a group of kids.
- Decorate your classroom bulletin board.
- Hang them from your mantel.
- Make Christmas crafting your newest family tradition.
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