This card is a 3D Christmas tree. It’s decorated with ball & star ornaments and a Christmas message in a shiny gold font. The red string allows you to put this card in a Christmas tree or pretty much anywhere you want. The card itself has become a Christmas ornament.
For this card design I was inspired by car air fresheners which are shaped like a pine tree 🌲 It usually hangs on the rear view mirror. I thought it was fun to make a Christmas card which wasn’t square for a change.
- Cutting mat (optional, to puncture a hole in the Christmas tree)
- Gold pen
- Glitter gel pen(s)
- Safety pin (optional)
- Red thread
- Gold star confetti
- Sheets of white paper
- Sheet of green paper
- Sheet of red paper
- Sheet of blue paper
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Watch the video tutorial or check out the photo tutorial (step by step).
In this photo tutorial you’ll learn step by step how to create this Christmas tree ornament card.
We start with the basics: the tree template, so you can make multiple Christmas cards. The first thing to do is to define the tree size.
Step 1: Take a sheet of white paper and fold it twice.
Step 2: Draw a triangle from the fold and cut it out. You will have multiple tree shapes now.
Step 3: Check if you like the tree size. You can glue the shapes together to get a rough picture of the tree. Decide if you want to use a tree with 3 or 4 sides. I used 3 sides to keep it simple. Please keep in mind that the tree should be large enough to write your Christmas message on it.
You can repeat these steps a few times to compare different tree sizes and pick your favorite one.
Now it’s time to create the tree branches. By tree branches I mean the three different layers of the tree: the top, middle and bottom leafy part.
Step 4: Take a sheet of white paper and fold it twice.
Step 5: Grab the tree template that you made earlier. Trace it with a pencil on the white paper from the fold.
Step 6: Draw three layers of tree branches
Step 7: Cut out the tree shape and see if you like it. Optionally you can glue the shapes together. If you don’t like the tree template, you could create some additional tree shapes and pick your favorite one. I made a combo.
Step 8: Take a sheet of green paper. Fold a small part of it. It should be wide enough for the tree template. You can draw guidelines with a pencil if needed.
Step 9: Fold the tree template across folded green paper and trace it twice with a pencil.
Step 10: Cut out the tree shape with scissors and remove pencil traces with an eraser.
Step 11: Glue the tree shapes together.
Step 12: Puncture a hole in the top of the Christmas tree.
Now we will work on the ball ornaments. Let’s create the template.
Step 13: Take a sheet of white paper. Draw a small circle with a pencil and cut it out.
Step 14: Check if its size fits the tree shape. If yes: trace the circle shape on red paper, otherwise draw a new circle shape.
Step 15: Draw little dots with a glitter gel pen within the circles. I used a red glitter gel pen for the red paper and a blue one for the blue paper, but that’s optional.
Step 16: Cut out the ball ornaments.
Repeat the same steps with a sheet of blue paper.
Step 17: Take a gold pen and write a nice message on the Christmas tree.
Step 18: Then attach the ball and star ornaments on the Christmas tree. Tip: You can mix blue and red balls by adding a red ball on one side of the branch and a blue one on the other side.
Step 19: Grab a needle and red thread. Attach the red thread to the top of the Christmas tree and tie a knot with a loop. Please do this carefully, so you won’t damage the Christmas tree.
Step 20: Cut off the excess thread with scissors.
Your card is ready now for a wonderful Christmas.