Add some whimsical flair to your holiday decor with these crepe paper Christmas trees. This easy DIY is very affordable and versatile and can be customized to fit any style. I think they would look amazing dressed up with metallic crepe paper! Find the large selection of crepe paper Just Artifacts offers here.
You will need:
- Crepe Paper (I used kelly green, red, white, and carnation pink)
- Paper Mache cones or kraft paper
- Hot glue gun
You can either use a paper mache cone from a craft store or make your own out of kraft paper or lightweight cardboard (a cereal box would work great).
To make a cone, start by cutting a square of kraft paper or cardboard. Roll into a cone shape and secure with hot glue. Trim the bottom of the cone so it’s level.
To make a fringed tree, start by cutting 1″ strips of crepe paper. You can adjust the width of the crepe paper strips depending on the height of your cone. Cut into fringe.
Add a line of hot glue to the back of the crepe paper and attach to the bottom of the cone.
Wrap around the cone and cut off the extra.
Keep adding more layers until you get to the top of the tree.
To make the leaf tree variation, start by cutting out strips of crepe paper. Stack several of the strips and cut into rectangles. Cut several leaf shapes at a time by stacking the rectangles and then folding in half and cutting a half leaf shape.
Next, roll the end of each leaf around a straw to make it curl up slightly. This step is optional but I like the shape this gives to the tree. Add a line of hot glue around the bottom of the cone and add the leaves, making sure they overlap each other so they cover the entire cone. Keep adding more layers until you get to the top of the tree. Cut the leaves to be slightly smaller as you work your way up the tree.
These whimsical trees make a perfect table centerpiece or mantel decoration.
Make as many as you want and enjoy the Christmas cheer they add to your decor!