5 Quick and Easy Steps to Make a Wrapping Paper Christmas Tree

2 Materials
1 Hour

With Christmas on the horizon, I wanted to show you how to make these gorgeous wrapping paper Christmas trees. These paper trees are an inexpensive and simple way to decorate your home and can be made to match your existing Christmas decorations.

This post was transcribed by a member of the Hometalk editorial team from the original HometalkTV episode.

How do you make a Christmas tree out of wrapping paper?

The best thing about this easy Christmas tree craft is that you probably have everything you need right at home!

Two rolls of cardboard tubes

1. Cut cardboard tubes

My first step was to cut a couple of cardboard tubes into different sizes. The height of your tube is going to be the height of your tree.

Measuring and cutting wrapping paper

2. Cut wrapping paper

Then, I grabbed some wrapping paper and cut about 20 squares that measured 6 inches. 

How to make a Christmas tree with paper

I also cut about eight squares that measured 4 inches.

Curling a square of wrapping paper into a cone shape

3. Curl wrapping paper into cone shapes

Once all the squares were cut, I curled each one into a cone. You want them to have a little point in the front, and the seam will be at the back. 

The front of the cone with a pointed triangular tip

I used clear tape to hold each cone together. 

Christmas tree wrapping paper craft

4. Assemble the wrapping paper Christmas tree

Once I had all of my cones made, I started assembling the tree. 

Taping the first cone onto the cardboard tube

To build the tree, each cone needs to be taped onto the tube. I moved in a circle around the base of the tube first. 

Attaching the second layer of cones to the cardboard tube

When the base was full, I moved up to the next layer, adding cones the entire way around again. I made sure the second layer of cones sat in the space between the initial base cones. 

Taping the last of the larger paper cones to the top of the cardboard tube

I repeated this process up to the top of the paper tube. 

Adding a layer of smaller wrapping paper cones

After I had attached the last of the larger paper cones to the cardboard tube, I switched to the smaller cones. I added a layer of these to the top and tucked their points into the tube. 

If any of the cones are sticking out in odd ways, you can use a little tape to secure them in place.

Making a bow out of wired ribbon and a pipe cleaner

5. Add a bow

Once the tree was nice and full and all the cones were attached, I finished off with a bow.

To make the bow I used some wired ribbon, looped it around, and secured it with a pipe cleaner. 

Easy Christmas tree craft

To attach the bow to my mini craft Christmas trees I punched a little hole into the cardboard and secured the pipe cleaner to the hole. It helped to hold it onto the top of the tree. 

Wrapping paper Christmas trees

There you have it; my wrapping paper Christmas trees.

I made mine using different shades of green and some fun bows and they look great displayed in my home during the Christmas season. 

For another great holiday décor idea, have a look at my Easy and Creative Christmas Topiary project.

How to make a Christmas tree out of wrapping paper?

5 Quick and Easy Steps to Make a Wrapping Paper Christmas Tree

I hope this inspired you to upcycle those cardboard tubes and unused wrapping paper.

I would love to hear if you made any of these wrapping paper Christmas trees and see your creations.

Have a beautiful Christmas everyone!

DIY home decor using recycled paper

Resources for this project:
Wrapping paper
Cardboard tube
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