I learned how to make this neat 3D paper Christmas tree from the mom of a girl in Lily’s kindergarten class. I had never seen anything like it! My friend makes them just by guessing the distances, but I found that hard to do the first few times, at leas, so I deconstructed it into a printable for you to try!
We printed ours on green paper to give it a tree-like appearance. You fold along the dotted lines, printed side out. Unfold the paper between each fold – this will help give the finished product a tree-like shape, so be sure to make the folds even if you opt for an X-ACTO knife for the actual cutting (not recommended for kids).
This activity took a lot of concentration for eight-year-old Emma. We had let Johnny open his birthday present of a LEGO set one day early so that he could happily build on a non-school day. He and Lily were off building together. Anna was sleeping.
The lines are easy to cut for the first fold, but then the more cuts you make, the less stable the paper becomes. I helped her hold the two layers together for the final cuts. This is great fine motor practice for older kids!
The final product is really neat! Besides transforming from a flat sheet of paper into a tree, it bounces up and down nicely like a spring. That was Emma’s favorite part!
After seeing how difficult this craft was for Emma, I made a simplified version for younger kids to try:
The shape is not as tree-like. I think we will print it out on gold paper next time to make a bell!
Our friend makes them out of foil, which means they are brilliantly shiny! Have you ever seen a craft like this?