Paper Christmas Tree Craft

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Making a paper Christmas tree craft with your stash of scrap paper is a fun and simple activity that the kids will LOVE! 

paper Christmas tree craft made with strips of scrap paper

This fun paper tree craft is simple to make and educational too! It is a great way for young kids to practice their cutting skills, and it teaches them to sort items by size! (The preschool teacher in me is always looking for the educational value- haha!) I love how colorful and unique each tree ends up being, and I love a good excuse to use up those pretty scraps of paper that are leftover from other projects.

My kids (ages 6 and 4) loved this project! It took maybe 15 minutes, which was perfect for their attention span. What these pictures don’t show are the “decorations” they added with other stickers and markers after I thought craft time was over. They had a blast!

blank sheet of paper for a christmas tree craft

Paper Christmas Trees


  • scraps of colored paper in varying lengths
  • scissors
  • tree printable (download below)
  • glue stick
  • crayons / markers, optional


  1. Cut 6-8 pieces of paper in varying sizes/lengths.
  2. Organize the scraps by length, then glue them onto the tree printable with the longest piece at the bottom, touching the trunk.
  3. Color the trunk and the star, and then call it good!

Paper Christmas Tree Craft Printable

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easy christmas tree craft made with scrap paper sitting on a counter next to gold scissors

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  1. This is such a great idea! I love that it’s a way to use up scrap paper (I know we all have it) and to involve the kids at the same time!

  2. What a great idea to occupy the little ones while trying to get gifts wrapped. These will make great gifts to tuck into Christmas cards for grandparents, too! Thanks for sharing.