Introduction: 3D Cardboard Tree

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Remember the 3D cutouts we made as kids? I think we all made 3D trees and other shapes for fun out of paper way back when. Cardboard paper cutouts is a great way to recycle some of the boxes we accumulate during the holidays. Since I had a couple of large pieces of cardboard I found in some packing, I decided to make a contemporary tabletop tree.


  • Corrugated cardboard - (2) 17" x 13"
  • pencil
  • ruler
  • xacto knife
  • 2 1/2" circle
  • Snow-Tex
  • 2 1/2" (3) unbreakable ornaments
  • Glitter (optional)

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First find the center of the cardboard 13" width which is 6 1/2 inches and draw lines down to the ends at the bottom, left and right, forming a triangle. Do the same for the second piece.

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Cutout using an xacto knife.

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Draw a center line slot, one from the top down stopping half way on one tree, and draw one from the bottom up to the center on the other shape and cutout.

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Draw three 2 1/2" circles on one form and cutout.

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Use the cutout openings to draw on second tree form for an exact match and cutout. Slide the two pieces together to form a dimensional tree that stands on its' own.

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Cover the cardboard, including edges, with Snow-Tex using a plastic knife to spread the paste on. Use the flat side to add texture by lifting the knife up and down and by swirling it around.

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Add glitter while the paste is wet, if wanted, and allow to dry overnight.

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Add unbreakable 2 1/2" ornaments to the openings.

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Place in desired area and stand back and admire your creation!

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