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Paper Wall Christmas Tree Craft #TruthInTheTinsel #ElfOnTheShelf

My daughter has been begging for a Christmas tree in her room since she finished her last bite of turkey on Thanksgiving.  While I’m not opposed to having a tree in her room, I didn’t feel like purchasing yet another tree for our home.

Instead, I decided to create a paper Christmas tree for her wall.  Not only is it super adorable, but it also holds her Printable Advent Ornaments from our Truth in the Tinsel.Advent lessons (affiliate links). It took about twenty minutes to create and she loves it!  It doesn’t take up extra space in her room and she can enjoy it all season long.

Paper Christmas Tree Craft #TruthInTheTinsel #Elfontheshelf

It’s not too late to start Truth in the Tinsel, either!  We often miss days due to our hectic schedule, but Amanda provides a condensed lesson version or you can do several lessons at once.  The kids color their ornaments while I read the day’s devotional and we talk about the story.  It’s an easy, fun, interactive way for kids to learn the Christmas Story.  This is our second year using the program and I can’t imagine us using anything else (I purchased the set last year on my own)  If your kids are older, I highly suggest you do the full Truth in the Tinsel crafts-they’re stunning, easy, and a ton of fun.  We’ll be starting those next year.

This tree would also make a great project for your Elf on the Shelf!  Your elf could put this tree up one night when the kids are asleep or away at school.

#elfontheshelf Paper Christmas Tree

You’ll Need:

Scissors
5 pieces green 8.5×11 Card stock (or construction paper)
2 pieces brown 8.5×11 Card stock (or construction paper)
1 piece yellow Card stock (or construction paper)
Tape (or sticky tack)

Simply fold the green construction paper over to make a square and cut off the excess flap.

For three pieces of paper, simply cut the square into two triangles.

For the other two, cut the square into two triangles and cut those two triangles into two more, resulting in 4 smaller triangles per square.

In the end, you’ll have 6 large triangles and 8 smaller triangles

Paper Christmas Tree Instructions FiddleDeeMe

Cut out strips of brown paper for the trunk.  The upper trunk is 2.5 inches wide, with the bottom being 4 inches wide.

Starting with the 4 inch brown trunk at the base of the wall, tape the strips of brown paper to the wall.

Tape one large triangle to the top of the tree.  Then work your way down, taping the middle triangle first and working your way out.  Use two rows of small triangles and the large triangles for the bottom row.

Cut out a star shape from the yellow paper and tape to the top of the tree.

Decorate with paper or felt ornaments and enjoy!

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4 Comments

  • Reply Carrie This Home December 5, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    This is so cute! My daughter would love a Christmas tree in her room! Looks like I found a new project to do! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Reply Ashley December 5, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    Awe, what a nice mom! It’s great that your Elf on the Shelf got in on the action. 🙂

  • Reply Lolo December 6, 2013 at 12:41 am

    Such a crafty little elf! Too cute!

  • Reply Emily December 9, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    Hey!! I love this – and shared it as the highlighted blog for my weekly Elf on the Shelf link up!!
    (Proper credit given of course!) http://www.familylifeinlv.com/2013/12/weekly-elf-on-the-shelf-ideas.html

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