I agree! This cardboard box Christmas tree is FABULOUS.
When I saw this cardboard box Christmas tree, I just knew we had to run to our recycle bin and get started immediately.
Gather the boxes, kids. There is just no time to waste on this easy art project!
Full transparency: I originally discovered this box Christmas tree @playexplorelearn, and it reminds me a lot of Barbara Rucci’s book, Cardboard Creations. These two accounts are just fantastic and worth a follow!
Christmas art activities can use a lot of what we already own!
In fact, we have 40+ Christmas activities here that will keep you going through New Year; because you know, the kids are home, and easy indoor activities are where it’s at.
Plus, we all know the house is flooded with boxes before and after Christmas. Now, we can put them to good repurposing use!
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Let’s make this cardboard box Christmas tree!
The first step is to paint the boxes green. I also added a little white to vary the shades of green on the boxes.
My three and five-year-old were all in to paint the biggest boxes first. They lasted a solid 20 minutes before realizing everything was green, and the job wasn’t as glamourous as mixing 17 colors.
So, I stepped in to complete the job, and it was, in fact, relaxing! I got lost in my thoughts, painting away.
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Once the paint dried, I invited my boys to stack the boxes and make a cardboard box Christmas tree.
I even found some paper lights from years ago that we added! Each light is connected to a string with a tiny paperclip. Mine is good, but these here from Stubbornly Crafty are crazy cute!
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Here’s what I gathered to make the tree decorations:
You probably have a lot of this already in your home, and I will link it if you need some supplies in your stocking stuffers.
- Construction paper
- Glue stick
- Ribbon scraps
- Painter’s tape (I mean, would it be our project without this?)
- Washable markers
- White paper construction paper cutouts for ornaments
- The white trays I found at my grocery store. I believe they are outdoor serving trays.
You can also make the ornaments out of tissue paper!
I also wanted to join in on decorating!
Oftentimes I sit back and try to answer a few emails when the kids are so engaged in an activity. But this time, I just had to step in and join the fun.
It was relaxing and a great way to bond with my boys before the chaos of the holidays.
Isn’t this cardboard Christmas Tree incredible?
We have it on our dining room table, and it really adds the holiday charm we didn’t know we were missing.
Save your boxes. You must make this cardboard box Christmas tree with your family!