How to Make a 3-D Cardboard Tree

    by Contributing Writer

    A three-dimensional tree is just a trip to the recycling bin away. With a salvaged piece of cardboard and basic craft supplies, a tree to use for the holidays, school projects or as a room decoration costs nothing and takes little time to make.

    Things You'll Need

    • Thin cardboard
    • Cutting mat or large piece of corrugated cardboard
    • Craft knife
    • Pencil
    • Paint (optional)
    • Decoupage (optional)
    • Decorative paper (optional)

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    Forage around your recycling bin for a piece of thin cardboard from an old cereal box or something similar. Pick a large rectangular piece for a grand tree or a smaller one for a petite evergreen.

    Place the cardboard on top of a cutting mat or piece of corrugated cardboard to protect your table surface. Cut down the middle of your thin cardboard with a craft knife to create two separate pieces.

    Draw three overlapping triangles on one of the thin cardboard pieces, leaving about 1/2 inch of free space at the bottom.

    Cut along the pencil outlines with the craft knife. You may need to score the lines several times before you can cut all the way through.

    Place the cutout over the second piece of cardboard and make an exact outline of the tree shape with your pencil.

    Cut the second tree out with a craft knife.

    Cut a line from the tip of one tree straight down the middle to 1/4 inch from the base to create a space to insert the other tree cutout.

    Cut a line about 1/4 inch up from the center bottom of the other tree.

    Insert the piece with the quarter-inch slit into the tree with the long one.

    • Paint or decoupage both trees and let them dry before connecting them, if desired.
    • Take great care when using a craft knife.
    • Never leave a craft knife around children.