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?
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:
- 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)
- Clear tape (cellophane, scotch, whatever you use to wrap your gifts)
- Wrapping paper roll (15″ high)
- Hot glue and a hot glue gun (for the base only)
- A 3″ square piece of cardboard (for the base of the recycled paper Christmas tree craft)
- 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.
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!)
Got it? Now take a look at the finished first row of my paper cone Christmas tree template:
Row 2: Glue down 8 Cones
Row 3: Glue or Tape Down 8 Cones
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.
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.
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.