Simple Cardboard Christmas Tree

7 Materials
15 Minutes

It doesn't have to be expensive or complicated to create DIY Christmas decorations. I made these cardboard Christmas trees for my family room out of scrap cardboard. I had already purchased the wrapping paper on clearance the year before. So this project took less than $5 to make. (For the full tutorial with more photos, check out the Simple Cardboard Christmas Tree post on my blog.)

Christmas wrapping paper, scissors, cardboard

To make this project all you need is some cardboard, wrapping paper, tape, a pencil, and a scissors and/or a box cutter.

Tape measure measuring cardboard

1) Measure and draw your triangle. You need to decide how tall you want your tree. You can use a ruler if you want a certain measurement, or just eyeball the cardboard and mark it at the height you want. Use a straight edge to draw a triangle from the points you marked.

Taping wrapping paper onto back of cardboard

2) Cut out the Christmas tree with a box cutter or scissor and then cut out enough wrapping paper to wrap your tree triangle.

Cardboard stand for wrapping paper tree

3) Optional: If you want the trees to sand up on their own, make a cardboard stand by cutting out a piece of cardboard and attaching it to the back of the tree.

Cardboard Christmas trees behind village

Then display your trees as part of your Christmas decorations. I love how these trees look behind my Christmas village!

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  • Kathy Kathy on Dec 21, 2021

    These would make an impressive background for a wedding if done in silver or gold paper and about 6-10 feet tall

  • Valerie Valerie on Dec 22, 2021

    Love the look. Very pretty!!! As a child, my grandma had me cut out a cardboard Christmas tree n wrap it in gold color wrapping paper. We fastened to the wall and attached her Christmas cards as they came in. For my daughters wedding reception we cut taller tree limbs, securing them in large flower pots filled with plaster of Paris. We spray painted limbs & pots white adding silver glitter then clear Christmas tree lights. We sat these around the hall & dance floor.

    • The wedding decor sounds beautiful! And a card holder would be a fun use for the cardboard Christmas trees too. Thank you so much for sharing.