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Making a Cardboard Christmas Tree

Interested in an eco-friendly alternative to a Christmas tree? Want to expand your recycling efforts? How about making a cardboard Christmas tree? Not only will you have a unique tree, but the making of it will be a fun activity for the whole family. This is a page about making a cardboard Christmas tree.
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December 10, 2009

Last year I made this Christmas tree by recycling used corrugated cardboard. It's fun to make, and will last for years. Saves all that traveling to and from the tree farm/lot!

Approximate Time: 4-8hrs

Supplies:

Instructions:

  1. Cut tree sections from cardboard.

  2. Glue sections together as shown. Weight down while glue is drying to assure good bond.

  3. Paint tree as shown. Green for the needles, and white for snow. Make shadows under the sections.

  4. Drill or punch holes for lights. I used a drill with 5/16th inch bit and/or an ice pick to start a hole and used a 5/16th inch dowel to make hole larger.

  5. Attach lights by pushing into holes. Should be a tight fit, and lights should remain in place without additional support.

  6. Make globes and candy canes out of cardboard. Paint as shown, and hang with home made hangers made from small pieces of wood with small dowels inserted in drilled holes.

  7. Make star for top. I used one string of lights for the star alone, 35 lamps, does not get hot enough to cause any problems.

Turn on lights and enjoy! Next year, you won't have to make/buy another tree!

Editor's Note: Remember to turn the lights off at night or have them on a timer.

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December 18, 2009

Our 2009 Christmas tree. We always seem to have a Charlie Brown X-mas tree. But this year we made it out of cardboard, glue and a little paint. I think it might be the best tree ever!

Cardboard Christmas Tree

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December 17, 2019

You can make these simple and minimal themed Christmas tree decor pieces using just cereal boxes or any thin cardboard pieces you may have laying around. They are perfect to place on your mantle as decor!

Minimal Cardboard Christmas Tree Decoration - two trees next to a plant on the mantle

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June 4, 2018

This is a page about making a DIY hanging cardboard Christmas tree. Here's a fun project that can be customized in endless ways. This hanging cardboard tree is easy to make and can even be decorated with lights and ornaments.

A hanging Christmas tree made from a piece of cardboard cut in a spiral.

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