I’m on my holiday A-game this year friends. I’m a lean, not so mean, Christmas craft-making machine 😉. Today, we’re making a sweet little crepe paper Christmas tree, and I hope you’ll make one, too!
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It’s inexpensive and easy to put together. And it has been an adorable addition to my daughter’s room this season.
This little crepe paper Christmas tree stands proudly next to another little DIY holiday craft…our pom pom Christmas tree, which you can make too –>> HERE.
To make our crepe paper Christmas tree, you’ll need the following supplies…
Here’s a quick video tutorial on how to make this easy crepe paper Christmas tree…
How to make a crepe paper Christmas tree:
1.) Start adhering crepe paper to styrofoam cone, starting at the bottom.
If you watch the 2-minute video tutorial above, it will likely show you all you need to know. You’re simply going to adhere the crepe paper to your styrofoam cone, row by row starting at the base of the cone. You’ll want to position the crepe paper so that it will just graze the table or surface it is standing on. If you adhere it too high, then you’ll be able to see the styrofoam peeking out from under the crepe paper.
2.) Create ruffles by pinching the paper.
Every few inches or so, you’re going to create a “ruffle” in the crepe paper. This is done simply by pinching the crepe paper at the top, then glueing down the front and back of your folder “pinch”. You can do as many or as few of these ruffles as you’d like.
3.) Glue end of row.
Once you have wrapped your streamer around the entire circumference of the cone, you’ll fold the end of the paper backwards to create a clean looking fold, then simply glue the back end of your streamer to the cone so that it overlaps the front end of that streamer row that we glued down at the beginning. By overlapping the streamer ends just barely, you’ll create a smooth, continuous look.
4.) Start a new row of crepe paper.
Now you’ll start your second row of crepe paper. Position this row so that it overlaps the bottom row by approximately 1/2 the width of the crepe paper. Simply glue and ruffle as you did for the first row. As you create your ruffles, try to stagger the folds so that they are not located directly above a ruffle below. This will help give the tree a fuller look. End the row in the same manner you did for the base row.
5.) Continue up the tree, row by row.
Now just continue on up the tree, overlapping each row of streamer by 1/2 the width, and ruffling/glueing as you did for the initial rows, and staggering the location of the ruffles.
6.) Add a tree topper, if desired.
Depending on the shape of your cone, there may be a small flat area at the very top that will need to be covered, so it’s the perfect spot to glue on a tree topper. We used a pom pom, but you could do anything….felt star glued to a toothpick poked through the styrofoam, perhaps? Bust your own move. And that’s it! A cute little crepe paper Christmas tree to add some festive fun wherever you please this season!
And if you’d like to refer back to this tutorial some time down the road, just pin the image below and save it to your Pinterest account wherever you stash all your Christmas ideas! Happy holidays!!