Mixed-Media Christmas Trees

upcycled Christmas decor from recycled cardboard and yarn scraps

Hey guys, I am super happy I get to share with you yet another frugal Christmas craft with these mixed-media Christmas trees. So far they are darling sparkly home decor elements for the Holidays but I have even bigger plans for them…

Don’t you think they would look stunning on a Christmas card, too?

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In order to make these 6 paper Christmas trees, I didn’t need to leave the house to get new supplies. This is my favorite kind of craft. The frugal one that can be done whenever creativity hits me.

As I am not the most patient person on this planet, it’s always a plus when those DIY projects are done in a jiffy. Ok, I have to admit, that sometimes I have to go look for certain things in my giant stash for a little while until I find them. BUT I don’t count that time into the crafty time, lol. Simple as that!

How to Make Mixed-Media Christmas Trees from a Shoe Box

Yes, that’s exactly what the rose cardboard was, a shoe box! And I caught Markus just in time when he was starting to rip it apart. He is a very tidy man contrary to my unruly upcycling soul that wants to keep & store everything that slightly seems reusable, lol.

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Supplies to Make an Upcycled Cardboard Christmas Tree Decor

Supplies for easy DIY Christmas tree home decor ornaments that are a recycling or upcycling craft

  • Cardboard (I saved this lovely rose shoe box from the trash. Alternately, use any style cardboard and paint it in the color you want or layer it with cardstock, scrapbook paper, newspaper or whatever comes to mind – be creative!)
  • Yarn (This one is similar to what I used. But I guess you could achieve fun effects with other types of yarn, too.)
  • Glitter stars (I can’t find the same exact ones, but those will work, too! And they give you more flexibility colorwise)
  • Double-sided tape (this one is actually meant for crafting and hence not a troublemaker like the carpet tape I used, lol)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Ruler
  • X-Acto Knife + cutting mat to protect your work surface
  • Pencil

Triangle Template For You to Download for FREE

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And, speaking of printables. Did you know that AllFreeChristmasCrafts.com has a big variety of free Christmas printables?

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These upcycled Mixed-Media Paper Christmas trees are made in under 30 minutes and will bring festive vibes into your home immediately. Click for instructions including a video. #craftifymylove #upcycling #recyclingcraft #christmasdecor #frugalhomedecor #hyggechristmas #winterdecor #DIYdecorations

Prepare the Base of your Frugal Christmas Craft

Download the free template for a frugal recycling Christmas tree home decor craft

Either using the FREE template or a ruler & pencil, trace the shape of six triangles on the wrong side (if your cardboard has a front & back side) of your cardboard.

Tip: Same as I did you could trace three equal triangles across your paper and combine them with a line in between in different heights. This way you will create three smaller triangles without wasting cardboard.

Cut out triangles of different sizes for a paper Christmas tree 10 minute craft

Using a sharp blade and a ruler you’ll cut out the base of your Christmas tree Holiday decor.


Hygge DIY Christmas home decor upcycling craft in pastels

I feel like mixing things up with different sizes makes for an even better end result. Come to think of it, the very smallest one would look neat on a brown paper wrapped gift, don’t you think?


7 Easy Steps to DIY Multi-Purpose Holiday Decor

Step-by-step instructions to upcycled paper Christmas trees home decor for kids and adults alike! Click for video tutorial. #craftifymylove #mixedmedia #homedecor #frugalcraft #kidscraft #upcycling #christmasdecor

  1. Cut several pieces of double-sided tape and stick them to the back of your tree base. Make sure to go as close to the edges as possible. (You might see this better in the video HERE) This will prevent the yarn from slipping around later on.
  2. Add a blob of hot glue and stick the beginning of your yarn to it.
  3. Start wrapping the yarn around your little tree. You don’t need to follow any specific pattern. They will be unique and wonderful!
  4. Every now and then press the yarn to the double-sided tape in the back.
  5. Once you’re happy with coverage and pattern, cut off your yarn.
  6. And secure the tail of your yarn with yet another blob of hot glue.
  7. Decide on a pattern for the stars (I suggest an uneven number) and glue them on with your hot glue gun.

And there you have it! Aren’t they pretty?

Mixed-media Christmas trees from upcycled shoe box, yarn, and glitter stars

How would you make use of these little Christmas tree ornaments? I have a feeling there are many more possibilities to use them for, as I can think of right now…



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Comments (2)

  1. Oh, I couldn’t pin this fast enough. These would be adorable tags on holiday gifts or embellishments to plain brown paper wrapping. I put trees on my mantel and a few of these little dolls would be adorable mixed in. I could add an L shaped piece of heavy cardboard to help them stand up. Really cute!! Thank you.

    1. I really love it when creative people take my ideas and add there personal note to them. The l shaped legs sound awesome! The embellishment idea already crossed my mind, too. Thank you, Leslie!

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