Paper Cone Tree
Christmas Paper Crafts
Paper cone trees are truly an impressive craft, and
they only cost pennies to make. Since this is a large
decoration, these trees look pretty in an entryway, or
nestled in a corner.
They take some time to make (allow one
hour per tree) but the technique itself is very easy. You can
use holiday wrapping paper (the most inexpensive option) or use
patterned scrapbooking paper. Putting three together in a group, as
I've done here, is a very pretty look!
I've gotten many questions about how to store these trees. I have been storing each of my trees inside a large plastic garbage bag. I then hang the bags from a nail that I have in my attic beam. This clears up room on my attic floor and has kept them intact, year after year!
Needed for a Paper Cone Tree:
- cardboard tube, from the center of a wrapping paper roll;
or use a paper towel tube for a shorter tree
- wrapping paper, or scrapbook paper, in patterns/colors of
1. To make the three trees as I did, I used two
cardboard tubes from wrapping paper which were both 30 inches long, and
one paper towel tube, which was 11 inches long. I took one of
the 30 inch long tubes and cut off a 10 inch section and discarded it,
leaving me with a 30 inch long tube, a 20 inch tube, and an 11 inch
tube. These sizes don't matter, just cut the tubes to a size
you want. The finished tree will be as tall as the tube.
2. The paper cones are made from squares of wrapping paper
(or you can use scrapbook paper too). The largest cones are
at the bottom, and they slowly get smaller as you work your way
up. Let's begin with the 30 inch tree (the largest of the
three). Begin by measuring and cutting out 8 x 8 inch squares
of paper. You will need 10 to 11 squares per layer.
3. To make the cone, hold one corner down with your
non-dominant hand. Using your other hand, take another corner
and turn it to the inside to create a cone, as shown. Put a
little piece of tape on the inside to hold it.
4. Now take the other corner and wrap it around the cone to
finish it off. Secure with a piece of tape.
5. Here's what the paper cone will look like from the front
and the back.
6. Attach the cone at the bottom of the paper towel tube to
create the first layer of branches. Use a piece of tape at
the tip of the cone to secure it.
7. Continue adding cones around to create the first
layer. It usually takes about 10 to 11 cones to go around the
8. For my two biggest trees, I did two layers each of the
same size. This means the next layer of cones should also be
made up of 8 inch squares. To attach the next layer, move up
the tube about an inch and a half to two inches above the first layer
(see the photo). Tape the cones so that they are staggered
over the layer of cones beneath it; meaning that the cone should be
positioned directly over the space in between two cones beneath it.
9. Continue adding on cones to the second layer of the paper
10. When you get to the third and fourth layers, start
working with 7 inch squares to make the cones. It gets hard
to make cones any smaller than four inches. Refer to chart
below on the layers and square sizes to create the three trees
shown. Following this exact pattern for a paper
cone tree isn't imperative; you can
play around with sizes to see what works best. But this is
the exact measurements I used so I wanted to include them for your
11. When you get to the top, fold the tip of the cone inside
the cardboard tube, and tape it to secure.
12. The top will need to be covered with some type of
decoration. Here I used bows I made from wire edged
ribbon. You could also use a star, a ball ornament, a silk
poinsettia flower, etc.
Little Paper Cone Tree
by Donna BoshW (Madisonville,
In Donna's words:
"I made this one last night. I used a paper towel roll and I really like the turned out. Thanks for sharing this great idea with us."
Photos of My Paper Cone Tree
by Jeanette Pupko (Tamaqua, PA)
In Jeanette's words:
"I really enjoyed this craft. Thank you very much for the wonderful idea, it made the perfect gift! I sent you a picture of my creations!"
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