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Easy Christmas Crafts: Paper Spool Tree


This Easy Christmas Crafts Paper Spool Tree looks like real spools when on display. It's an inexpensive, fast, fun and easy project to do using a few simple, inexpensive materials and tools.

This paper spool tree uses different yarns to look like thread wrapped around the spools. But, you could also use fabric scraps or paper instead of the yarn. 

The materials and the tools are simple and inexpensive. You can make just a few or many in a short amount of time.

Take a look at the fun little Easy Christmas Crafts Paper Spool Tree.

Paper Spool Tree finished and hanging on display

The paper spool tree is simple, fun and interesting.

Easy Christmas Crafts: Paper Spool Tree Materials and Tools:

  • Paper - red card stock or similar paper that can hold its shape 
  • Yarn - brown, green and yellow (substitute fabric scraps or paper) 
  • Scissors to cut the paper and ribbon
  • Glue 
  • Paper Spool Tree pattern (click to open a PDF)

Take a look at the simple materials and tools shown here.  

Paper Spool Tree materials and tools

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

Print the Paper Spool Tree pattern

I used an 8 1/2 x 11 inch red card stock and printed the pattern directly on the card stock.

You could use other types of heavy duty paper. For example, red poster board or glue red construction paper on chip board.

Cut around the spool shape to make 11 spools. 

Paper Spool Tree step 1 cut out spools

On the back side of the spool begin wrapping the yarn.

The wrapped yarn can hold the end.

If you prefer, add a bit of glue to hold the end in place before you begin wrapping the yarn. 

Paper Spool Tree step 2 wrap yarn around spool

Continue wrapping the yarn. Make sure the yarn is close together like that of a spool of thread.

When the area is covered, clip the yarn one inch beyond the edge and tuck the end under the wrapped yarn on the back of the spool.

The wrapped yarn will hold the end.

If you prefer, add a drop of glue to the back to hold the yarn.  

Paper Spool Tree step 3 trim and tuck yarn

The front of the paper spool looks very similar to a thread spool. 

Paper Spool Tree step 4 front of spool

Wrap each of the spools - one brown, one yellow and nine green.

You can also use fabric scraps or paper scraps instead of the yarn. 

Paper Spool Tree step 5 wrap all spools

Begin gluing the spools together.

Overlap the points of two spools side-by-side.

Add a third spool centered over the two spools and place its edge over their lapped edges. 

Add glue to hold the spools together.

Paper Spool Tree step 6 glue three spools together

Add two more spools overlapping side-by-side points and edges.

Glue the spools' edges together.

Paper Spool Tree step 7 glue five spools together

Add another two spools to complete the widest two rows of the tree. 

Paper Spool Tree step 8 glue seven spools together

Glue the two spools to the top edge forming the narrow tree row.

Paper Spool Tree step 9 glue nine spools together

Add the yellow spool centered above the top two green spools.

Glue the edges together.

Paper Spool Tree step 10 add top spool

Glue the points together along the bottom of the four green spools.

Add the brown spool to the center of the four green spools 

Paper Spool Tree step 11 add bottom spool

Glue a loop of yarn to the back of the yellow spool to hang the simple and fun paper spool tree. 

Paper Spool Tree step 12 glue yarn for hanging loop

The little paper spool tree looks like it's made using real spools.

The little tree measures just 4 x 5 inches.

Paper Spool Tree finished and hanging as an ornament

Whether young or young-at-heart, people of all ages can enjoy this easy Christmas crafts project and add their own unique character to the little tree. 

Have fun!

Using a few inexpensive materials and tools this Easy Christmas Crafts Paper Spool Tree is simple, fun, fast and inexpensive to make.


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