Paper Cone Christmas Tree Craft: Go Green and Use Recycled Paper

Use this paper cone template to create a recycled paper Christmas tree.
This paper cone craft also looks great on the mantle.

I’ve designed a paper cone Christmas tree that is a really inexpensive Christmas craft. This miniature paper cone Christmas tree will look great as a table centerpiece. If you’ve already made a paper cone wreath project, use your extra book paper to make this paper cone template as well. It will finish the look for your foyer or dining room for a fraction of what a real wreath or centerpiece would cost.

This paper cone Christmas tree is easy enough to do if you’d like to get the kids involved. Of course there is a little more measuring and organizing for my paper cone Christmas tree  than there is for a paper cone wreath craft. But the final result makes the effort worth it, don’t you think?

Use recycled paper to make this paper cone Christmas tree.
This paper cone Christmas tree craft also looks great on the mantle.

Christmas Tree Paper Cone Template Supplies:

To make your paper cone Christmas tree craft, you’ll need a few supplies. The nice thing about this recycled paper project is that you more than likely already have everything. Here’s a short list of what you need:

  1. 64 sheets of book paper for this paper cone craft. (I used a 6×9″ book from the dollar store. And it had enough paper to make both this paper cone tree craft and the paper cone wreath I made as well)
  2. Scissors
  3. Clear tape (cellophane, scotch, whatever you use to wrap your gifts)
  4. Wrapping paper roll (15″ high)
  5. Ruler
  6. Hot glue and a hot glue gun (for the base only)
  7. A 3″ square piece of cardboard (for the base of the recycled paper Christmas tree craft)
  8. A bow for the top (or something else you have that you think will look good)

Steps for Making this Recycled Paper Christmas Tree Craft

1. Cut your 64 sheets of paper from your  6×9″ book into different sized squares for this paper cone template design.

Paper Cone Christmas Tree: A Recycled Paper Craft
Here are my three paper cone sizes, rolled and unrolled. You can also see my paper cone Christmas tree base ready to go.

You will need to cut your recycled paper Christmas tree craft as follows:

25 sheets of 6″ squares to make 25 large paper cones

16 sheets of 5″ squares to make 16 medium paper cones

23 sheets of 4″ squares to make 23 small paper cones

2. Roll your paper.

Be sure to keep them in piles according to their size.

3. Cut a 3″ square out of a piece of fairly sturdy cardboard you have.

4. Hot glue your wrapping paper roll onto the center of the cardboard base.

Take a look at my above photo to see how I did it. I hot glued the cardboard paper towel roll for extra stability. I am sure you can glue it down another way if you don’t have a hot glue gun. My tube is 1 1/4 inches in diameter.

Next comes the fun part! Assembling the recycled paper cones into a Christmas tree.

5. Measure your wrapping paper roll with a ruler and mark your rows.

Row 1: Draw a line 5 1/2 inches from the base.

Row 2: Draw a line 7 inches from the base.

Row 3: Draw a line 9 1/2 inches from the base.

Row 4: Draw a line 10 1/2 inches from the base.

Row 5: Draw a line 12 inches from the base.

Row 6: Draw a line 13 inches from the base.

Row 7: Draw a line 14 1/2 inches from the base.

Row 8: This will be the top of the wrapping paper roll. It should be between an inch and an inch and a half from row 7. If it is more, trim your wrapping paper roll or space out your row lines more evenly.

7. Assemble the Rows of Your Paper Cone Christmas Tree.

Row 1: Tape or glue down the first 9 cones (be sure they are your big ones!)

Glue down the first paper cone to the base of your Christmas tree.
Here is the first paper cone after I glued it down to the base of your paper cone Christmas tree.

Got it? Now take a look at the finished first row of my paper cone Christmas tree template:

Row 2: Glue down 8 Cones

Here's the second row of my recycled paper cone craft project
Be sure to alternate the second row like you see in the picture. Don’t stack them directly on top of the first row of cones.

Row 3: Glue or Tape Down 8 Cones

Here's a look at the finished 3rd row of the paper cone Christmas tree tutorial.
Got the idea now? See how the third row is also alternated and how all the points are going in the same direction?

Rows 4 and 5: Glue or Tape Down Your Paper Cones

Now it’s time to use those 5″ squares that you cut and rolled. For row 4 and row 5 you are going to follow the same steps as the first three rows. Each row is going to use 8 cones.

Rows 6 and 7: Glue or Tape Down Your Paper Cones

Now you are using your 4″ squares that you cut and rolled. Both rows are going to use 8 cones. Tape or glue them the exact same way you have been.

Row 8: The Last Row!

Glue or tape down your last 7 cones. Fold down the cones into the center of the wrapping paper roll. This will tighten up the hole and make it secure for the tree topper you decide to use.

tuck the last row of paper cones into the paper towel roll.
Tuck the last row of paper cones into the paper towel roll as shown.

8. Place  Your Tree Topper into the Center of the Wrapping Paper Roll at the Top

I made a bow out of wired ribbon. Just use what you already have. To get it to stay in the hole I tied it off with pipe cleaner and just shoved the pipe cleaner down the hole. You can glue it too, if you’d like. A star, a cute ornament, or even a little Christmas greens would look great. The topper is your choice.

use wrapping paper to make paper cone christmas tree
Here’s a paper cone Christmas tree made with wrapping paper.

If you’d like to try it with wrapping paper, check out my daughter’s version of a paper cone Christmas tree. She chose to use a cute candy print wrapping paper and a Christmas star ornament.

I have a great time creating this paper cone tutorial. I love to make things out of recycled paper. It’s a great way to reuse what you already have around the house. Crafting does not have to be expensive. Do you like this paper cone Christmas tree craft? If you did something unique or different with your recycled paper cone Christmas tree I’d love to hear about it. Let me know by placing a comment or a link to your paper cone Christmas tree craft. I would love to see your images too. Are you on Pinterest? You can find me at: http://pinterest.com/chrisjroman/. I like to pin my favorite craft projects for the holidays on my Christmas board. All my tutorials can also be found on the Healthy Family Pinterest page as well.

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