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Easy Christmas Crafts: Paper Arcs Christmas Tree


Nine different paper arcs along with a shiny embellishment make a pretty little paper arcs Christmas tree to display during the holiday season.

This version uses nine different papers all within the same dark green color family and is embellished with silver rick rack. 

Paper Arcs Christmas Tree finished and on display

Or, look at this version in green, red and yellow embellished with gold on a blue background.

Paper Arcs Christmas Tree finished in red, green and yellow on blue background

Easy Christmas Crafts: Paper Arcs Christmas Tree Materials and Tools:

  • Nine different papers - colors and prints of your choice
  • One 12x12 background paper
  • Embellishments of your choice - ribbon, rick rack, sequins, etc.
  • Ruler
  • Glue (double sided tape is also helpful, but not necessary)
  • Scissors
  • Pencil (not shown in picture)
  • Pattern - Paper Arcs Christmas Tree
  • 12x12 scrapbook frame - optional (not shown)

Take a look at the simple materials and tools.  

Paper Arcs Christmas Tree materials and tools 

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

Print the Paper Arcs Christmas Tree pattern.

Cut around the pattern shapes.

Paper Arcs Christmas Tree step 1 cut pattern

Determine which papers to use for each shape.

This tree alternates dark and light prints back and forth.

Cut around each of the shapes.

Cut one of the smallest shape and two each of the four other shapes.

Paper Arcs Christmas Tree step 2 cut shapes

Measure and mark a center line on the background paper.

Draw the line starting 3 inches from the bottom edge and upward for five inches.

This line will be hidden behind the tree.

Paper Arcs Christmas Tree step 3 draw center line

Overlap the e shapes (the largest) such that their upper points are three inches apart.

Glue those shapes together where they overlap but not to the background yet.

Paper Arcs Christmas Tree step 4 overlap the e shapes

Overlap the d shapes, next largest, such that their upper points are 2 1/2 inches apart.

Glue those shapes together where they overlap but not to the background.

Paper Arcs Christmas Tree step 5 overlap the d shapes

Overlap the c shapes - the middle size - such that their upper points are 2 inches apart.

Glue where they overlap.

Overlap the b shapes - the second smallest shapes - such that their upper points are 1 inch apart and glue them together.

Paper Arcs Christmas Tree step 6 overlap the b shapes

Position the largest e shapes 3 inches from the bottom edge and centered across the pencil line.

The intersection of the two shapes should just cover the bottom end of the center pencil line.

Paper Arcs Christmas Tree step 7 position the e shapes

Glue the e shapes in place.

Paper Arcs Christmas Tree step 8 glue the e shapes in place

Center and add the d shapes over the larger e shapes.

Overlap the shapes just enough to hide any background paper between the shapes.

Glue the d shapes in place.

Paper Arcs Christmas Tree step 9 add the d shapes

In decreasing size add the remaining shapes - centering, overlapping and gluing.

Paper Arcs Christmas Tree step 10 add other shapes

Decorate the tree with any embellishments you choose.

This tree has silver rick rack as a garland.

Paper Arcs Christmas Tree step 11 glue embellishments

Allow the glue to dry.

Paper Arcs Christmas Tree step 12 let the glue dry prior to display

Add a simple scrapbook frame to display the Paper Arcs Christmas Tree.

Paper Arcs Christmas Tree step 13 add a frame to display

Be traditional with the colors and papers, or make it with teal, fuchsia and bright yellow. Add sequins or hole punch ornaments in addition to a garland.

Be creative and have fun!

The Paper Arcs Christmas Tree can be a pretty decoration leaning on a mantel, against a stack of books or held in an easel among other festive holiday decorations.


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