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Tannenbaum craft from paper or natural materials – Quick craft instructions for beautiful Christmas decoration

What would be the Christmas decoration without one or another coniferous tree on the windowsill, mantel or table? With simple materials you can craft a beautiful fir tree to bring the atmosphere of a forest into your own four walls. Are you curious and just feel like getting a little creative? Then try out our beautiful ideas.

Make your own paper fir tree quickly and easily

DIY fir tree from paper with patterns and beads

Every handicraft fan has enough paper at home (at the latest when there are children in the house), so you can make the following ideas even spontaneously. They are not only perfect as pendants for the Christmas tree, but can also decorate windows or lamp. Or how about decorating the Christmas gifts with them?

Tannenbaum craft from paper strips wavy

If you have patterned paper in Christmas colors and motifs, all the better. But even monochrome these pendants will be very beautiful. So, if you would like to craft the fir tree pendants, you will need:

  • Paper strips (in the example 1.5 cm wide)
  • Sewing thread
  • needle
  • beads

DIY fir tree from paper strips as a pendant for the Christmas tree

To get the shape of a fir tree, you need to thread the paper strip in a wavy shape on string. You can mark the right points for this in advance, if you are not sure you can do it without evenly. For orientation, the dimensions for the holes of the little tree from the example:

Poke or mark the first hole 0.5 cm from the edge of the paper strip. Then add another hole 2 cm further. For all other holes, keep adding half a centimeter, so 2.5 cm from the second hole, 3 cm from the third, 3.5 cm from the fourth, 4 cm, 4.5 cm, 5 cm, 5.5 cm, 6 cm, and so on. In the end, the last hole should be about half a centimeter from the other edge (but this also depends on what length you have chosen for the strip.

Thread yarn through the needle and tie a knot at the end of the yarn, pierce through two beads for the trunk, and then always alternating first the paper, then a bead and finish with a bead. In this last also tie a piece of string for hanging or leave the threaded a little longer, instead of cutting it off completely.

Cut the paper strips and thread them in pieces

DIY pendants as Christmas decorations from paper strips

Alternatively, you can simply cut the strips into pieces and then alternate them with the beads in a crisscross pattern. You will need the following measurements:

  • 1 piece with 1.5 cm length
  • 2 pieces each with 2 cm, 2.5 cm, 3 cm, 3.5 cm, 4 cm, 4.5 cm, 5 cm, 5.5 cm, 6 cm and 6.5 cm length

Paper scraps together as a cross and thread with beads


Always place the two pieces of the same size on top of each other like a plus sign and pierce the thread through the common center.

More beautiful ideas from paper can be found in this article .

Tinker fir tree from natural materials

Tinker fir tree from natural materials - tie around a wooden stick fir greenery

Fir greenery, wooden slices, twigs… nature has so much to offer to make interesting things. So also an interesting tree for Christmas that looks almost like a real one, but much more compact:

Tie small tree from fir greenery.

With fir greenery, you can craft a large 3D fir tree and use it as a decoration for the Christmas season. Use it plain in its natural green or decorate it with Christmas tree decorations. Here’s how you can craft the original fir tree:

  • Wooden sticks from the hardware store (60 cm in length, you can have them cut to size on site).
  • any fir greenery, also artificial is suitable
  • string or wire
  • any container (pot, vase, bucket, etc.)
  • earth or stones
  • optional fabric for dressing up and other decorations such as pine cones for example.

Make small trees from fir branches yourself as a Christmas decoration


Cut the fir greenery into smaller pieces and start tying them roughly from the middle of the wooden stick. They branches should be pointing downward as you do this. Gradually work your way to the top, overlapping the previous row with each new one. Then hold the stick in the prepared container and fill it with soil or stones, which you can cover with decorations at the end.

Craft fir tree from wood – Simple idea with wooden discs and craft clay.

Tinkering fir tree from wooden discs and craft clay

If you want to craft a fir tree from wood, wooden discs are perfect. You need several in different sizes to stack them on top of each other in a cone shape. For stacking, use self-drying craft clay. Plasticine is also suitable. However, keep in mind that this also hardens over time and should therefore be additionally fixed with glue.

  • Wooden discs in different sizes
  • Craft clay
  • Craft glue

A craft project for Christmas decorations could hardly be easier: All you need to do is cut the clay into small pieces, form balls and then press them flat (you can now let the clay dry first or continue directly). Put some glue on the largest of the discs and attach a piece of clay to it. Put some glue on it too as well as the next largest tree discs. Continue like this until you are satisfied with the height. But be careful: if the little tree becomes too tall, it will not stand well. So do not overdo it!

Tip: Arrange the tree slices in the right order in advance. First stack them on top of each other without glue. This makes it easier to see whether the tree really becomes narrower towards the top.

How to make an origami Christmas tree for a garland, you will learn in this article .