Make your own cardboard Christmas trees

These cardboard Christmas trees will look fantastic on your dining table this Christmas and they’re easy to make!

Bunnings magazine, December 2020

 

Tools and materials

1.2m length of 4mm Tasmanian oak dowel

400mm length of 90mm x 12mm pine

Decorative trim (we used Mandala Art mini craft mosaic glass

Drill and 4mm drill bit

Handsaw

Hot glue gun with glue sticks

Natural jute twine

Paint (we used Taubmans Brilliant White) 

Safety equipment 

Scissors

Small paint brush 

Stiff cardboard (we used an old cardboard box) 

Tape measure and pencil

 

1. Cut triangles

Cut the cardboard into triangles with scissors, then use a brush to apply paint on both sides, leaving to dry.

Tip: Our trees are 300mm, 200mm and 150mm high with bases from 100mm wide.

 

2. Cut and attach dowel

Use a handsaw to cut three lengths of dowel to 400mm, 300mm and 250mm (to fit the height of each triangle and adding 100mm for the stem). Apply hot glue along the dowel the length 
of the triangle, press onto the centre and leave to dry.


 

3. Wrap twine

Starting 10mm above the base of each triangle, hold the end of the twine at the back and wrap it diagonally, working your way up and leaving a small gap at the tip. Secure the ends at the back with hot glue.

4. Decorate

With the glue gun, attach mosaic glass to base and tip. Leave to dry.

 

5. Drill and fasten base

From the pine, cut bases to match the width of each triangle and drill through the centres with a 4mm bit. Dab hot glue into the holes, push in the matching dowelled triangles and leave to dry standing upright.

Now you’ve got the decorations, start planning the gifts!

Take a look at our Christmas gift guide, you’re sure to find a gift to suit anyone, on any budget.

 

Photo credit: Brigid Arnott

 

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