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How To Make A 3D Christmas Tree Card Or Decoration

December 09 2008

Did you know that the tradition of having a Christmas tree was started by the Victorians? Queen Victoria's husband, Prince Albert, set up a decorated tree at home for their family. And if the Royal Family had one, everyone else wanted one!

Here's a Show Me guide to making your own Christmas tree from two pieces of card. It's quick and easy, and you can use it as a decoration or give it to someone special as a Christmas card.

Art materials including a glue stick, pair of scissors, felt pens, pencil and sheet of green card


You will need:

* Scrap paper (a piece as tall as you want your tree to be)
* Coloured card (twice the size of the scrap paper)
* Pencil
* Scissors
* Ruler

For decorating your tree, you may also need felt pens, paints, coloured pencils, bits of wrapping paper and sticky-backed paper, cotton wool, glitter, sticky tape, and a glue stick.


Remember: if you ARE using paints or glue, protect your work surface with newspaper!


Fold the piece of scrap paper edge to edge lengthways...

Hands folding a sheet of white paper

Hands drawing on a sheet of white paper


...then, starting and finishing on the fold of the paper, draw half a Christmas tree shape.

If you want your finished tree to stand up, make sure you give your shape a flat bottom.


Carefully cut out your tree shape and unfold it... and there you have your template!

Hands cutting a shape from a sheet of white paper with scissors

Hands drawing round a white Christmas tree shape on a sheet of green card


Using your template, draw two Christmas tree shapes onto your sheet of coloured card...


...then cut them out.

Now, here's the important bit! Use a ruler to measure halfway between the top and bottom of each tree shape.

Then draw a line from the top to the middle of one tree shape and a line from the middle to the bottom of the other tree shape.

Two Christmas tree shapes cut from green card

Hands cutting a slot in a Christmas tree shaped piece of card


Cut along the lines you've just drawn...


...and slot the tree shapes together.

Hands slotting two pieces of Christmas tree-shaped card together

A 3D Christmas tree made from green card


And there you go! A 3D Christmas tree which stands up by itself.

Now it's time for you to get creative...


You can decorate your tree in loads of different ways.

It's probably easier to decorate the shapes before you slot them together.

Here we've used some star shapes out of coloured card...

Two Christmas tree shapes cut from green card, decorated with pink and yellow card stars.

A 3D Christmas tree shape cut from green card, decorated with pink and yellow card stars, hanging from a loop of thread


...and attached a loop of thread to the top with sticky tape, so it can be hung up.


This one is decorated with shapes cut from sticky-backed paper.

You could also glue on scraps of shiny wrapping paper.

A 3D Christmas tree shape cut from green card, decorated with shiny paper shapes.

A 3D Christmas tree shape cut from green card, with the message 'Happy Christmas! With love from me! xxxxxx' written on it


You could make your tree into a Christmas card by writing a message on one section of it.


We used felt pens to draw some fairy lights on this one (and we're sure your drawing is better than ours!).

A 3D Christmas tree shape cut from yellow card, with fairy lights drawn on it.

A 3D Christmas tree shape cut from pink card, with star-shaped holes punched in it.


This pink one has star-shaped holes punched in it with a special hole punch. You can buy one in a craft shop.


This snowy tree was made by putting glue on the edges of the tree, then pressing small pieces of cotton wool onto it.

A 3D Christmas tree shape cut from green card, decorated with cotton wool 'snow'.

Five small Christmas tree shapes in green and red card, hanging in a row from a string


Lots of small Christmas trees can be threaded onto a piece of string to make a garland.


We're sure that with a little imagination, you can come up with even better ideas for decorating your 3D Christmas tree. You could end up with a festive forest of them!

Don't forget to send us some photos of your finished masterpieces - it would really make our Christmas.

Christmas tree shapes cut from coloured card and decorated


If you're in the mood for more Victorian Christmas crafts, check out A Victorian Christmas from the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney, Australia.

HAPPY CHRISTMAS from the Show Me team!!!


All images © Kristen Bailey / Show Me 2007

Kristen Bailey