How to Make a 3-D Cardboard Tree

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How to Make a 3-D Cardboard Tree

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
  • Pencil
  • Paint (optional)
  • D�coupage (optional)
  • Decorative paper (optional)

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  1. 1

    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.

  2. 2

    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.

    How to Make a 3-D Cardboard Tree
  3. 3

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

    How to Make a 3-D Cardboard Tree
  4. 4

    Repeatedly score along the pencil outlines.

    How to Make a 3-D Cardboard Tree
  5. 5

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

  6. 6

    Cut the second tree out with an X-Acto knife.

  7. 7

    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.

    How to Make a 3-D Cardboard Tree
  8. 8

    Score about 1/4 inch from the bottom of the other tree.

    How to Make a 3-D Cardboard Tree
  9. 9

    Paint or d�coupage both trees and let it dry. This step is optional.

  10. 10

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

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    How to Make a 3-D Cardboard Tree

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.

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