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Make your own gorgeous paper cup Christmas tree

This is a gorgeous, and super simple Christmas tree craft for you; a paper cup Christmas tree. If we can make it – anyone can!

This is such an easy idea, and perfect for parents to make at home with the kids, or a whole class to make to take home as a fun decoration.

As always, we’ve given you a heads up around what you need for this Christmas tree craft to make it work for you all:


  • Paper cup,
  • Red felt paper,
  • Yellow foam sheet,
  • Red ribbon,
  • Green acrylic paint/paintbrush,
  • Glue gun/glue, and
  • Scissors.

Make sure you have the right colours, so you get the right effect for your paper cup Christmas tree!

How to make your paper cup Christmas tree craft

  • Paint the paper cup green and let it dry. Depending on how rustic you want the tree to look, you might need two or even three coats for this, so do allow time for this when you are making it. We have gone for a more rustic look, so only one coat; but its entirely up to you what works best in your home, or even with your kids!
  • Cut a star from the yellow foam sheet and attach it at the top of the paper cup. As you can see, the Christmas tree is already taking shape, even though we have only done two of the steps! We did promise it was really easy to make, didn’t we?….
  • Wrap the ribbon around the paper cup – twist it around and around so it looks like red tinsel running up to the star at the top of the tree. This is the hardest part of the craft, and can get a little fiddly, particularly for younger children. Have patience though, as adding this ribbon really does set off the Christmas tree craft well.
  • Cut a few tiny circles from the red felt paper and yellow foam sheet and add them into the paper plate to complete your Christmas Tree Paper Cup, a very easy-peasy craft!

Isn’t it just the cutest?

We know you are going to love making this Christmas tree craft, but we do also have loads of other Christmas activities and ideas on the site, so please do check them out. In fact, we have Christmas Tree ideas to die for including a huge paper Christmas tree to colour in from our shop that we promise will keep the kids busy for days.

Here are a selection of our favourite ideas for you:

Christmas Tree and other Christmas activity on KiddyCharts

We do have a few other Christmas Tree crafts and ideas for kids, so why not take a look as these as well?

We are actually FAMOUS for our advent crafts and ideas, both on the free site and in the shop – so do check these out as well:

Other advent calendar ideas on KiddyCharts

We have LOADS of advent calendar ideas on KiddyCharts because we LOVE them. Why not check out some of these thoughts for printable advents to complement these toy advent calendars.

believe it or not, we do love other ideas and activities too, from wider than our site, so we have collected a couple of Christmas tree craft activities for you offsite. Why not check these out as well?

Christmas Tree activities from around the web

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Helen is a mum to two, social media consultant, and website editor; and this site is (we think) the only Social Enterprise parenting magazine! Since giving up being a business analyst when juggling travel, work and kids proved too complicated, she founded KiddyCharts so she could be with her kids, and use those grey cells at the same time. KiddyCharts has reach of over 1.1million across social and the site. The blog works with big family brands (including travel) to help promote their services, as well as offering free resources to parents of kids under 10. It gives 51%+ profits to Reverence for Life, who fund a number of important initiatives in Africa, including bringing running water and basic equipment to a school in Tanzania. Helen has worked as a digital marketing consultant (IDM qualified) with various organisations, including Channel Mum, Truprint, Talk to Mums, and Micro Scooters. She loves to be creative in the brand campaigns she works on. Get in touch TODAY!

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