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How to make a huge tree from paper

Updated April 17, 2017

Making a huge tree from paper is a simple process, and it can be a good craft to do with children. Use paper trees to decorate a bedroom, classroom or any place that needs a little greenery or an interesting detail. You can make this type of tree from old paper bags, so it is beneficial for real trees, too, because you are recycling paper instead of throwing it away.

Cut the bottom panels off the paper bags.

Cut the resulting paper bag tubes so that they become flat sheets of paper.

Lay three of the paper sheets on the floor, lengthwise, and glue their ends together so that they make one long strip of paper. Let the glue dry.

Roll the paper to form a long tube and then twist the tube. Repeat to form another long, twisted tube.

Wrap the two twisted tubes around each other to create one big trunk for the tree.

Pin the trunk to the wall where you will display it.

Form more twisted tubes to create the tree branches. Each twisted tube will equal two branches because you will fold the tube in half to form a V-shape before tacking it to the top of the trunk. Make as many branches as you like.

Cut pieces of construction paper into oval shapes for the tree's leaves. Glue them to the tree branches or use double-stick tape.

Tip

To make an autumn tree use red, orange and brown coloured construction paper instead of green. You can add red and green construction paper circles to make your paper tree an apple tree.

Warning

Supervise children who are using scissors.

Things You'll Need

  • Brown paper grocery sacks
  • White glue or double-stick tape
  • 1 package of green construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Drawing pins
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About the Author

Since 1998 Alina McKee has written for dozens of traditional and online beauty, fashion, health and parenting publications including Pregnancy.org, Mama Health and Real Beauty. As a professional artist, her articles about these subjects have been used in magazines and websites around the globe. McKee has a diploma in fine art from Stratford Art School.