This is fun and easy Christmas craft that can be done with children. The tree will be about 3 feet tall, but the instructions can be modified to make a shorter or taller tree.
Step 1: Materials
Krylon Green and Yellow spray paint
Paper towel tube
Step 2: Cut Newspaper
Cut a standard newspaper sheet in half. I used one day paper, but more or less can be used depending on the desired tree size.
Step 3: Roll funnels
Take each half sheet and roll it at an angle to produce a flared funnel. Tape the outer corner to keep it from unrolling. I also crimped, flattened, and taped the tip to keep the form and make it easier to attach to the tree. Create 17 funnels for the base.
Step 4: Create base
Take one of the funnels and put it inside the paper towel tube firmly; tape to attach if necessary. Then begin attaching funnels around the outside of the paper towel tube with tape, aligning the bottom of the funnel with the piece inserted into the tube. Attach eight around the tube.
Step 5: Tape funnel tops
Once the first batch of funnels is attached, wrap a long piece of tape around the tips and tube several times.
Step 6: Tape funnel bottoms
On the bottom, use tape to attach the funnel openings to each other and keep them clustered together to make an even and supporting base.
Step 7: Expand the base
Attach another set of eight funnels at the same level placing them between the ones already placed to expand the base. Make sure the bottoms are all aligned. Repeat the tape steps and wrap a piece around the top and connect the openings.
Step 8: Add Height
Take one of the half sheets and roll into a straight tube. Pull one end out to extend as far as it will go and then tape to hold the shape. Additional sheets of newspaper can be rolled together to make the tube extend longer for a taller tree. Tape this to the top of the paper towel roll on the inside.