A three-dimensional tree is just a trip to the recycling bin away. With a salvaged piece of cardboard and supplies from home crafting, a tree to use for the holidays, school projects or as a room decoration costs nothing and takes little time to make.
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Things you need
- X-Acto knife
- Paint (optional)
- D�coupage (optional)
- Decorative paper (optional)
Forage around your recycling bin for a piece of cardboard. Pick a large rectangular piece for a grand tree or a smaller one for a petite evergreen.
Score down the middle of your cardboard with an X-Acto knife to create two separate pieces. Do this several times until the pieces separate.
Draw three overlapping triangles on one of the cardboard pieces, leaving about 1/2 inch of free space on the bottom.
Repeatedly score along the pencil outlines.
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 an X-Acto knife.
Score from the tip of one tree to 1/4 inch from the base to create a space to insert the other tree cutout. Score a number of times according to the thickness of your cardboard.
Score about 1/4 inch from the bottom of the other tree.
Paint or d�coupage both trees and let it dry. This step is optional.
Insert the piece with the quarter-inch slit into the tree with the long one.
Tips and warnings
- Take great care when using an X-Acto knife.
- Never leave an X-Acto knife around children, and don't let them use it when doing this project.