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TUTORIAL: DIY Six-Sided Cardboard Christmas Tree

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I share another tutorial on how to make a DIY cardboard Christmas tree. Even if you’ve already got a beautiful evergreen decorated with glowing Christmas lights, you can make one of these to create some new memories with your family. This tutorial is also for teachers who want to have a simple tree to use year after year in their classrooms, or for those who live in an apartment and want to be spared of lugging an evergreen up three flights of stairs!

If you would like to see my original post, you can check it out on Hometown Betty. Please note this tutorial is for personal use only, not for commercial use or for resale.

Supplies:
3 large pieces of 40″x48″ cardboard (free at your local Costco)
X-ACTO knife
green craft paint
paint brush/foam brush
plate
T-bar or long straight edge
pencil/pen/black marker
 
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Step 1: Create centerline down cardboard.

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Measure to find the top center of cardboard. Mark a long line from top center to bottom left corner of cardboard. Mark another long line from top center to bottom right corner of cardboard.

Step 2: Design a tree-like edging beginning at top center to bottom left corner.

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Use the marked line as a guideline. It took a few tries until I found the design I was looking for. Once you are happy with your design, mark your design in pen or black marker.

Step 3: Using an X-ACTO knife, cut your tree design.

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At this point, only half of your tree design will be complete on one side.

Step 4: Trace your design on one side of the cardboard.

Take your half completed cardboard piece and place it on top of your second cardboard piece. Trace your design on one side of the cardboard.

Step 5: Flip your half completed cardboard piece and trace your design on the other side.

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Step 6: Cut both sides of second cardboard piece.

Your second cardboard piece will be complete.

Step 7: Trace and cut second cardboard piece.

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Using your second cardboard piece, trace the other side of your first (half-completed) cardboard piece. Cut away with X-ACTO knife. Now, you have two cardboard pieces completed.

Step 8: Trace and cut third cardboard piece.

You can stop here at this point, if you want a four-sided cardboard tree. But if you want to have a six-sided cardboard tree, then make a third cardboard piece by tracing the cardboard design and cut out design.
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