Wintry Weekends: Christmas Tree Centerpiece

Christmas Tree CenterpieceOnce again, we are sharing a fun holiday craft you can make with basic materials that are available anywhere in the world.  (If you missed the project we shared last week, click here.) Today I am sharing a family project that you can make at home and is a great way to entertain kids at a holiday party. It is a 3D Christmas tree centerpiece, which would be fun for kids from 5-15! (Next week we will be teaching you an African version of this project.)

Editor’s Note:  This is part one of a two-part post.  We will post part 2 next week.  If you have scraps of cloth lying around the house from sewing projects or old clothes, assemble them for next week’s project, which will show you how to make a very African version of this project.

What You Will Need

Green Construction paper
Tape (preferably transparent)
Crayons, markers, glitter glue, or tempera paint to decorate
ChristmasTemplateOur template

Optional: Other colors of construction paper, glue stick, hole punch, stickers


1.  Organize your supplies.  We prefer to preserve our tabletop by working on a plastic mat.

Supplies for Christmas Tree Centerpiece

2.  Fold a piece of green construction paper in half.

Christmas Tree Centerpiece, First Fold

3.  Cut it in half.

Christmas Tree Centerpiece, 1st Cut
4.Put the two pieces together, and fold them in half again.

Christmas Tree Centerpiece, 2nd Fold
5.Using our template, draw half a Christmas tree opposite the fold.

Christmas Tree Centerpiece, Template Trace
6. Cut along the lines.

Christmas Tree Centerpiece, Cut Out

7.  You should have two identical trees.

Christmas Tree Centerpiece, 2 Trees
8.Cut a slit along the bottom half of the center of one tree and along the top half of the center of the other tree.

Christmas Tree Centerpiece, Cutting a Slit
9.  Slip the two trees together along the slits.  Using tape, tape the bottoms and tops together (pieces of tape on the bottom and at the top make the tree stand up well and stop the slit ends from flopping over).

Christmas Tree Centerpiece, Standing It Up

10.  Decorate your tree with crayons, markers, glitter glue, or tempera paint. Or you can glue on tiny construction paper decorations or use star stickers. You can cut out tiny paper balls using a hole punch.

Christmas Tree Centerpiece, Decorating
11.  Now you have a really nice 3-dimensional Christmas decoration.

Optional:  Cut out a small construction paper star and cut a tiny slit in it. Put the star on the top of the tree (and secure it with some tape).

Christmas Tree Centerpiece, Cutting the Star

Stay tuned for our other Wintry Weekend posts this December.  We will be bringing you many more festive ideas for decorating and entertaining as we do in our African home.

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