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Easy Christmas Crafts: Folded Paper Circles Christmas Tree


Just paper and scissors turn into a fun little three-dimensional Folded Paper Circles Christmas Tree. Make several and mix and match the colors.

Take a look at these three little trees. Later, they become a variety of different trees. 

Folded Paper Circles Christmas Tree three of the same size

An advantage of these little trees is they easily store flat and can be revived for next year's holiday season.

Let's make the pale green version.

Easy Christmas Crafts: Folded Paper Circles Christmas Tree Materials and Tools:

  • Paper - I used 20-pound (pale green), 24-pound (lime green) and lightweight cardstock (dark green)
  • Gold paper - I used vellum and metallic gold wrapping paper
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Pattern - Folded Paper Circles Christmas Tree pattern (click to open Adobe PDF) 

Take a look at the simple materials and tools. 

Folded Paper Circles Christmas Tree materials and tools

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

Print both pages of the Folded Paper Circles Christmas Tree pattern.

Cut out the shapes.

Folded Paper Circles Christmas Tree step 1 cut shapes

Draw around the smallest circle on the back of the gold paper.

Folded Paper Circles Christmas Tree step 2 mark gold circle

Cut around the gold circle.

Set aside the smallest printed circle. It will not be used as part of the tree shape.

Folded Paper Circles Christmas Tree step 3 cut gold circle

Begin folding the largest circle.

First, fold the circle in half.

Folded Paper Circles Christmas Tree step 4 first fold in half

Open the circle and made a second fold in half perpendicular to the first fold.

Folded Paper Circles Christmas Tree step 5 second fold in half

Open the circle and make a third fold in half.

Match the first two folds (see green arrows).

Folded Paper Circles Christmas Tree step 6 third fold in half

Open the circle and make a fourth fold in half.

Match the earlier folds (see green arrows).

Folded Paper Circles Christmas Tree step 7 fourth fold in half

Continue opening the circle and folding in half until the circle is divided into sixteen equal pie shapes.

Folded Paper Circles Christmas Tree step 8 fold into sixteenths

Crease the paper circle with eight outer folds and eight inner folds.

Folded Paper Circles Christmas Tree step 9 crease folds

Use the same process to fold the three other paper circles.

Folded Paper Circles Christmas Tree step 10 fold other circles

Stack the folded paper circles in decreasing size.

The basic Folded Paper Circles Christmas Tree is finished and ready to display or to add "ornaments" for sparkle.

Folded Paper Circles Christmas Tree step 11 stack to form tree shape

Several examples are shown here.

Folded Paper Circles Christmas Tree forest of five on display

Let's take a look.

This next version was made using 12x12 lightweight cardstock in four different prints.

I used a compass to make 12-inch, 8-inch, 4-inch and 2-inch circles.

Folded Paper Circles Christmas Tree large green on display

For this next version, minimal cutting was required - just the 2-inch gold vellum circle on top.

The rest of the tree was made from doilies - 12-inch, 10-inch, 8-inch, 6-inch and 4-inch.

Folded Paper Circles Christmas Tree doily version on display

Here's where those three different colors of trees turn into a variety.

Mix and match their colors.

Folded Paper Circles Christmas Tree mix and match layers three versions

This example shows mixing and matching just two different colors.

Folded Paper Circles Christmas Tree mix and match two versions

Here's another version of mixing and matching two colors.

Folded Paper Circles Christmas Tree step mix and match another set of two

This last example could just be my favorite.

It's the dark green version made from one piece of 12x12 lightweight cardstock in the 8-inch, 6-inch and 4-inch circles like the pattern.

But, each layer is covered with a comparable-sized doily.

The top layer is a 2-inch circle of gold wrapping paper.

Folded Paper Circles Christmas Tree paper and doilies version

A few paper circles folded just right turn into a forest of little trees.

Use a compass or round nesting bowls to make different sized trees.

Add beads, sequins or hole-punch circles as "ornaments" if you want decorated trees.

Most of all, have fun!

The Folded Paper Circles Christmas Tree is a fun project and the results can be trees for tablescapes, desks, small spaces, hospitals, nursing homes—the places are many.


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