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Easy Christmas Crafts: Art Deco Paper Christmas Tree


The Art Deco Paper Christmas Tree is a fast, fun and easy project using paper, cardstock and glue. So easy, you can quickly make one or a whole forest.

Take a look at this one in bright green:

Art Deco Paper Christmas Tree finished in bright green

Here's another one in dark green patterned paper with zig-zag cuts on the background.

Art Deco Paper Christmas Tree finished in dark green 

Easy Christmas Crafts: Art Deco Paper Christmas Tree Materials and Tools:

  • Cardstock for the background triangle, easel and support
  • Regular paper for the front triangle
  • Cardstock for the star
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Ruler or straight edge
  • Pattern - Art Deco Paper Christmas Tree

Note: instead of cardstock, you can glue a pretty paper on poster board.

Take a look at the simple materials and tools.  

Art Deco Paper Christmas Tree materials and tools

The Steps for How to Make the Easy Christmas Crafts: Art Deco Paper Christmas Tree:

Print the Art Deco Paper Christmas Tree pattern.

Using the shapes from the second page, cut out the base triangle, the easel and the easel support from cardstock.

Art Deco Paper Christmas Tree step 1 cut background shapes

Cut the first page triangle from regular paper.

Hint: it's easier if you print the first page on the colorful paper of your choice. 

Art Deco Paper Christmas Tree step 2 cut front triangle

Cut the star shape from cardstock. 

Art Deco Paper Christmas Tree step 3 cut star shape

Using a ruler or other straight edge, fold the top of the easel. 

Art Deco Paper Christmas Tree step 4 fold top of easel

Add glue to the top of the easel. 

Art Deco Paper Christmas Tree step 5 apply glue to easel

On the back of the background triangle, position the bottom edge of the easel even with the bottom edge of the triangle and centered across.

Press the top of the easel with the glue to the back of the triangle. 

Art Deco Paper Christmas Tree step 6 position easel

Fold the easel support in half.

Fold 1/2 inch from each end of the easel support. 

Art Deco Paper Christmas Tree step 7 fold easel support

Glue one end of the easel support to the back of the easel. 

Glue the other end to the base of the triangle. 

Art Deco Paper Christmas Tree step 8 glue easel support

Fold the front triangle along the lines shown on the pattern.

A ruler or straight edge helps with folding along the lines.

It's easier to make all the folds in one direction initially. 

Art Deco Paper Christmas Tree step 9 fold front triangle

Crease each of the folds and adjust their direction.

Starting from the bottom, each smaller section should go behind the larger one below it.

Art Deco Paper Christmas Tree step 10 crease folds

Apply a line of glue along the bottom edge of the front of the background triangle to within an inch of the end points.

Note: the background triangle is NOT an equilateral shape. Its bottom edge is longer than the sides. 

Art Deco Paper Christmas Tree step 11 apply glue to bottom edge

Center the front triangle over the back triangle with their bottom edges matching.

Press the front triangle into the glue. 

Art Deco Paper Christmas Tree step 12 center and glue

Apply spots of glue in the middle along each of the next three folds and on the back of the small upper triangle point. 

Art Deco Paper Christmas Tree step 13 apply glue to folds

Place the upper triangle point just below the background triangle's point.

Evenly distribute the folds and press at the glue spots.

Art Deco Paper Christmas Tree step 14 position folds

Apply glue to one of the longer star points and position the star at the top of the triangles. 

Art Deco Paper Christmas Tree step 15 glue star

 The Art Deco Paper Christmas Tree is finished and ready to display.

Art Deco Paper Christmas Tree step 16 ready to display

Several in coordinating or contrasting colors would make a pretty addition to a table or a mantel. 

Art Deco Paper Christmas Tree three finished

Be traditional with the paper colors, or make it with oddly bright and fun colors to catch the eye.

The simple little tree could also sparkle with the addition of sequins and ribbon garlands.

Made much larger, the folds in the tree could be a fun way to display Christmas cards.

Be creative and have fun!

The Art Deco Paper Christmas Tree can be a pretty decoration by itself or as part of a forest on a foyer table, an end table or a bookshelf. 


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