Cardboard Christmas Tree Craft For Kids

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How to Make a Cardboard Christmas Tree Craft For Kids

Prepare the Tree Branches

  1. Cut 8 strips from thin cardboard or cardstock. 
  2. Stack two strips on each other and line uptime up on a table. Then cut them so that they are in the shape of a triangle.
  3. Use a hole punch to make a hole on each end of the strips.
  4. Find the center of the strips and make a slit half way down. 
  5. Slide the cardboard strips into each other to create a plus sign. Make the plus signs with the similar sized cardboard strips.

Prepare the Trunk

  1. Cut a paper towel roll into 4 equal sections
  2. Flatten the rolls slightly and make a slit about half way through. Fold it in the other direction and make two slits half way through.

Build the Christmas Tree

  1. Slide the cardboard tube on the plus sign. Press it down slightly.
  2. Make fours slits half way down to the top of the TP roll. These will be in between the other slits.
  3. Add another plus sign and repeat the remains rolls and cardboard.
  4. Finish a paper towel roll.

Make a 3D Star

  1. Cut out 2 six-point stars from sparkly gold paper or yellow paper. Make a slit half way down on both and slide them together.

Time to Decorate The Tree

  1. Paint the Christmas tree using water colour paint or regular paint. Set it aside to dry.

Time to Make Decoration for the Tree

  1. Use a circle lever punch to create circles from construction paper. You can also cut out circles from construction paper. Use a hole punch to punch holes in the circles.
  2. Cut pipe cleaners into small sections to use to thread through the holes and then attach them to the holes in the tree.
  3. Add additional decorations like a party necklace draping it around each level of the tree.

Age Suitability for Cardboard Christmas Tree For Kids

This activity is good for toddlers, pre-k, kindergarten aged children 18 months old and up. My kids are 4.5, 4.5 and 8 years old.

Mess Level

The mess level for this activity is medium.

Difficulty to Create 


Skills Developed

Language development, color recognition, hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, imaginative play, creativity.

Supplies for Cardboard Christmas Tree For Kids

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  • Cardboard box
  • Cardboard tubes
  • Paint
  • Construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Brushes
  • Cotton fluff
  • Glue or duct tape
  • Straws

Books & TV Show!

Book: Exciting Sensory Bins for Curious Kids

Did you know I wrote a book of sensory bins? Click here for more information Exciting Sensory Bin for Curious Kids. Or grab your copy at Amazon

Boring afternoons are made exciting with awesome animal-based bins, like Salty Shark Bay or Yarn Farm. Pretend play bins like Birthday Cake Sensory Play or Bubble Tea Party encourage creativity and imagination. And your kids will have so much fun they won’t even know they’re getting smarter with STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) activities like Sink or Float Soup, Magnetic Letter Hunt or Ice Cream Scoop and Count.

Designed for toddlers 18 months and up.

Book: Super STEAM Activity Book for Kids

Learning all about science, technology, engineering, art, and math sets kids up for scholastic success―and it can be so much fun! Watch kids enjoy building STEAM skills as they color friendly fish, help water find its way to tree roots, solve math problems with mazes, and more. 

Find out more and grab your copy here.

Designed for preschoolers 3 years old and up.

Book: Big Book of Riddles for Kids

Riddle me this: What’s an exciting way to practice critical thinking while having a blast? The Big Riddle Book for Kids, of course! From hilarious puns to tough brain teasers, kids can build problem-solving skills with hundreds of riddles that show them how to think outside the box.

  • 350 riddles for kids—Have hours of fun with riddles, puns and jokes, and math and logic puzzles that’ll get their wheels turning!
  • Level up their skills—Riddles get trickier as kids progress through the book, challenging them as they get better at solving puzzles!
  • Double-check their work—Kids can check their answers in the back of the book with a handy answer key.

Help children expand their minds while having fun with this puzzle book for kids!

Designed for kids ages 6 years old and up.

TV Show: Curious Crafting

I’m so excited to finally share my new crafting TV show Curious Crafting which launched July 1 at on TVOkids and TVOkids YouTube!

Set in the ultimate crafting space, Curious Crafting is a short form pre-school age series about the joy of making crafts. I lead a rotating cast of adorable little preschoolers (including my own) making magic out of common household objects.

In each episode we transform recycled items into magical crafts like a milk carton school bus, paper bag puppet or cotton pad turtle. The crafters learn and laugh their way through each activity while demonstrating what their young imaginations can create. 

Curious Crafting shares the adventure and joy of making art with takeaway lessons for creating crafts at home.

This show designed for toddlers and preschoolers 2.5 years old and up. 


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