I just love the Christmas season, don’t you? The carols, the pretty lights, the cookies, even the shopping (I know- crazy, right?)… The anticipation builds in such a joyful way during the holiday season! Looking forward to this wonderful time of the year, I made these pretty DIY Christmas tree decorations.
I these trees are fairly simple to make, especially if you’ve decorated alphabet letters with scrapbook paper before. These are made in a similar way, and therefore so easy to customize depending on your holiday color scheme. You might prefer to use red and green scrapbook papers, or perhaps your decorations are more blue and silver… Whatever the colors you choose, pick out some pretty papers and get started on your DIY Christmas tree decorations, so they’ll be ready to display in your home!
DIY Christmas Tree Decorations
- 3 pieces of scrapbook paper
- 3 wooden triangles (I found these in the Christmas section at Joann, cardboard triangles would probably work, too)
- Acrylic craft paint
- Mod Podge
- Sponge brush
- gold colored stars (not pictured)
- hot glue gun (not pictured)
- paper plate to hold paint (then you can just throw it out when you’re done)
- Something to protect your work surface (I used a disposable plastic tablecloth)
1. Paint the triangles
I started with three wooden triangles in slightly different sizes. The triangles were made of unfinished wood, so I painted them in colors that would compliment the scrapbook paper I planned to use. I painted the front, back, and sides, then let them dry.
2. Add the scrapbook paper
The scrapbook paper I chose looked like it had been painted with watercolors, which made it so lovely. Two had a damask pattern and one was a multicolor chevron. I chose a specific part of the pattern to be on the front of the tree and lined the triangle up on the scrapbook paper where I wanted it to to be (I wanted the damask centered on the triangle, so I lined it up so it would be).
Then I traced the shape onto the paper and cut out the triangle. After making sure it fit just right on the front of the wooden triangle, I got the Mod Podge and foam brush ready.
I used the foam brush to spread a thin layer of Mod Podge on the front of the wooden triangle and carefully placed the scrapbook paper over it. I made sure the paper triangle was lined up correctly and smoothed the paper to remove any air bubbles. Then I let it dry for 15-20 minutes (the bottle of Mod Podge I used said to let it dry for 15-20 minutes between coats, so I did this each time).
After letting it dry for a little while, I used the foam brush to smooth a layer of Mod Podge over the top of the scrapbook paper to seal it. Then I let it dry for another 15-20 minutes and spread one more layer of Mod Podge on top. I let it dry fully before moving on to the next step.
Once the triangles were dry, they already looked so pretty, like little trees. I had one more step to make them ready for Christmas.
3. Add the star
I found these pretty gold glitter stars at the craft store to put on top of the trees. I used my hot glue gun to place a small stripe of glue near the top point of each triangle, and placed the star on top. Once the glue cooled, these DIY Christmas tree decorations were complete!
The colorful watercolor scrapbook papers made these little DIY Christmas tree decorations look so pretty! I didn’t use strictly traditional Christmas colors, but you could choose whatever colors you want to match your holiday color scheme. Making these trees was pretty simple. I just had to paint the wooden triangles, use Mod Podge to attach the paper, and glue the stars on top. Now these lovely little trees are ready to display on the mantle during the Christmas season!