Paper Winter Tree

December 11, 2011

It was a crafty weekend around here, and here’s one of the sweet projects I finished up yesterday: a paper winter tree created with cardstock and cupcake liners. It reminds me of a combination between those bottle brush trees and all the coffee filter crafts we’ve seen this past year. 

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These are so inexpensive to create, and you can make them any height you want, tall ones from poster board and smaller ones with cardstock.

Supply list : white paper cupcake liners (I used 50 jumbo liners from Safeway for $1.50), white 12 x 12” cardstock or poster board, clear packaging tape (not shown), hot glue gun, and mini ornaments (I used a $1 gold grape flourish and pulled it apart).

paper tree supplies


Here’s the easy step-by-step: 

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1.  Roll your cardstock or poster board into a cone shape and secure with packaging tape (if you’d like to insert an ornament on the top leave a big enough hole).  2) Fold the cupcake liners into quarters, then snip the edges to separate the layers into frills.  3)  Begin at the base to hot glue to your cone.  $) Once you’re finished gluing the layers, embellish with mini ornaments secured with hot glue.


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These do take some time (my 14” version took 30 minutes to hot glue) so a forest would take awhile, but it goes by fast if you’re watching TV or a movie.  They’re mighty cute in a wintery vignette! 

I have two more ornament projects to share, one rustic, one glam, and I simply cannot wait to see what you all have crafted this season too!  Here’s a handy button to add to your post for tomorrow’s par-tay! 

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Holiday Craft Party posts at 8 a.m. EST on Monday, see you there! 



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20 Responses to “Paper Winter Tree”

  1. Lauren says:

    I wish I had a glue gun! I would start on this right away. Very pretty!

  2. Very pretty… this would be fun to do with my daughter. I might add glitter!!

  3. WOW!!! Crazy adorable!!! love it!

  4. So cute as usual Kate ;) I love the use of the cupcake papers!

  5. sarah says:

    my friend did something like this, but she just used a foam brush and spread tacky glue in sections on the cone and then just put all the pieces on… went pretty fast.

  6. I love it! It looks so elegant :)

  7. Love, love, love it! I can’t wait to partay. I’ve made five projects! :)

  8. modern jane says:

    So sweet! Great minds think alike! I just shared my own similar, yet larger project.

  9. Your paper winter tree is so cute! Will see you in the am for the party!

  10. Michelle says:

    You are just too clever, and a much slimmer idea than using the papers to make cupcakes!

  11. Lovely! I really like that this project didn’t require a lot of projects. Looks simple and inexpensive to do! Thanks for sharing with us. :) My project goes live in a few minutes and I’ll be linking up with you this morning. Your link parties are so great–I love that people really get into them and participate/comment!

  12. Samantha says:

    Love that tree! I hosted a winter wonderland baby shower and that would have been perfect!

  13. Christa says:

    so pretty!!! can’t wait for the partay!!!! :)

  14. I can’t believe how adorable and cute this is.You are full of great ideas!!

  15. Ali Manning says:

    This is amazing – thanks so much for sharing!

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  17. creative and so cute! … and and of course ECONOMICAL!! Hmmm, i don’t use coffee filters, but i may buy some for this non coffee use : )

  18. Teresa says:

    I can’t wait to try this!!

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