Hi there, it’s Laura here with a simple and pretty ruffled Christmas tree tutorial. I LOVE decorating and crafting for Christmas, and came up with this mini Christmas tree craft as a way to easily decorate without spending a lot of time or money. A few of these Christmas trees can be made in under half an hour for under $5, and they are even simple enough for kids to make too!
Ruffled Crepe Paper Christmas Tree Craft Supplies:
- Darice paper mache cones
- Darice green crepe paper
- Darice 6 mm colored bell beads
- Darice 10 mm colored bell beads
- Glue gun (for adults) or quick dry glue (for kids)
- Darice star beads (optional)
Step 2. Apply a thin line of hot glue (ONLY for adults) or quick dry glue about an inch up from the base of a paper mache cone. Place the end of a long piece of crepe paper onto the end of the glue, and carefully press the crepe paper down onto the glue as you ruffle it with your thumb by moving it slightly. There is almost no way to mess this up! Just apply a thin amount of glue, ruffle the paper onto the glue with your thumb, add more glue, ruffle, etc. Do this until you have one layer of paper that goes all the way around the base of the cone.
Step 3. Repeat the process for a second row of crepe paper that overlaps the first row. Repeat, row by row, until the paper mache cone is filled with overlapping layers of crepe paper that look like tree branches.
Step 4. Apply a small dab of glue to the very tops of the small bells, and stick onto the crepe paper by placing the top slightly underneath the ruffles so you don’t see the glue or the very top. Add a small star (if desired). I used some star beads I already had to top the trees.
Kids love making this Christmas tree craft because they are fairly easy to create, and they can decorate them in any colors that they want! You’ll love them too because they are easy, look great, and are a fun way to incorporate some handmade decorations into your Christmas decor!
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Laura is a wife, mom of four, and the owner and creator of Make Life Lovely, a creative blog filled with creative craft tutorials, DIY projects, party tips, holiday ideas, home decor, and more. A former elementary school teacher, Laura loves getting crafty, planning parties, going on adventures with her family, and eating frozen yogurt.