Picture of Christmas Tree from a Magazine
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A simple Christmas tree made from 2 magazines.

Makes for a neat decoration, or even a centerpiece (If you're the crafty type.....) and is tons of fun for kids!

If you've ever made a paper airplane, you can make this tree!

Step 1: What You'll Need

Picture of What You'll Need
Basically what you need is two magazines. The small hard ones are the best. I haven't tried with bigger magazines because these ones are the only resistant ones.

You'll also need some glue or staples.

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MsSunDragon4 years ago
My mom and I made these when I was littler out of old Sears and Roebuck catalogs which had to be at least 2 in thick. Then she would spray paint it green and we would glue things to it to make ornaments and garland.
FyberOptiks5 years ago
 If I could tell you one thing, it would be PATIENCE! I'm trying it with a giant IKEA catalog and it's taking FOREVER. But, I'm hoping for some good results!
Lancent5 years ago
I had problems getting the two halves together, and to get it to stand up better, I glued three pencils together, along with three halves at the bottom to make a Y for support. I then covered that in glue and put it into the middle of the tree, this made a little stand to keep the bottom from smashing and it leaning over.

Thanks for the instructable. I really enjoyed it.
Lancent Lancent5 years ago
Here are the pictures, I also used a paper towel to make a tree skirt.
Keith-Kid (author)  Lancent5 years ago
Keith-Kid (author)  Lancent5 years ago
Nice idea!
mimin5 years ago

I did some trees and animals from magazines and books

This is fantastic!  My little siblings loved it.
charchar25 years ago

Oh wow! This is so awesome! I love it! i'm subscribing and rating it 5 stars!

hhhttt5 years ago
no offense but my grandmother made those when she was little but i think its a good idea i made one and it is grate. i even made 3 and stacked them to make it more realistic

gloribee5 years ago
Wow! Does that bring back memories. I totally forgot about this. Thanks
Xavienne6 years ago
My grandmother showed me how to make these -- we used to use Reader's Digest. :)
mine too. brings back memories. thanks, really cool.
I made a christmas tree with two big magazines (about A4 paper), put a paper ribbon (made from another instructable found here) on the top, and sprayed all over with golden spray: it looks wonderfull as a christmas decoration in my office! I'll post a photo asap.
This is the picture of my christmas tree: I added a bit of gold spray paint and a ribbon (found instruction on Gift Wrap section!)
Keith-Kid (author)  martinacarrai6 years ago
A ribbon would be a nice touch! Please do post pics!
Readers Digest work really well for this. You can use bobby pins to hold the 2 halves together. (Put a pin or two at the top and at the bottom.) If you paint the magazine red with spray paint, and then glue cotton balls around the 'belt', you can then make a face and hat for the top and have a nifty Santa.
Keith-Kid (author)  xanderphillips6 years ago
Bobby pins would help......thanks! And, the santa idea is great! I will add that! Thanks a lot!!
gamnoparts6 years ago
WOW!!! Does that bring back memories or what? We used Reader's Digest to make a Santa Claus, & Mrs. Claus in 5th grade. I'll try to find some pictures to post.
Keith-Kid (author)  gamnoparts6 years ago
Please do! Also, would you mind rating this instructable?
lblong6 years ago
Used to make these from Reader's Digest; however, the top of corner page was folded back to spine then bottom portion folded all the way to spine. That way it stands on it's own. Thanks for bringing back the idea again!
Keith-Kid (author)  lblong6 years ago
Thanks! Could you explain what you're trying to say?
heyy, how much fun that was! i just made my tree today, there's a photo in my blog:
thank you for this instructable! :)
Keith-Kid (author)  christineheh6 years ago
All right!
FAZAN6 years ago
Oh does this bring back memories. We used to make these when I was a kid. We would spray paint them green and while paint was wet sprinkle with glitter.
Subvertia6 years ago
I <3 this! and can't wait to make one! Thanks :)
Keith-Kid (author)  Subvertia6 years ago


Here's the one I made. I sewed some beads around to make it look like garland, and to keep it together. It's one LL bean catalog. My daughter likes it a lot. She thinks it's the big x-mas tree's baby.
Keith-Kid (author)  domestic_engineer6 years ago
Haha! Thank you! That made my day!
melindasr56 years ago
I remember making these as a little tike. Good times.
jj82796 years ago
Great! i made one in primary school and forgot how to.
Kaiven6 years ago
:O That is pretty cool!
Keith-Kid (author)  Kaiven6 years ago
Thank you! :)
irrilia7 years ago
I have not seen one of these since I was a kid!! I can remember seeing them painted gold and the macaroni used to decorate the "tree" was also painted gold or any other color! Nice nostalgic moment! Thanks~ :)
irrilia irrilia7 years ago
Keith-Kid (author)  irrilia7 years ago
Thanks! Would you mind rating it then?
swedeheart7 years ago
Cute idea!
coolz7 years ago
at the end of school last year, all the kids did this to their spelling books
Transquesta7 years ago
Oh, cool! I haven't seen one of these since I was a kid. ;->
Nice instructable, you're right I do like it. I'll have to use this for next Christmas. I reckon if you put glue gun droops on it they could look like tinsel and bunting. Anyhow, nice instructable.
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