Folded Christmas Tree

by Beate Johns

Create a Christmas tree out of half a paper circle.


  • Patterned paper or thin cardstock
  • Circle die or circle pattern
  • Paper cutter
  • Ruler
  • Scoring tool
  • Adhesive


  1. Step 1

    Cut a circle out of patterned paper.

    It doesn't matter what size you choose. Bigger circles = bigger trees. I used the smallest of the Grand Circle Nestabilities dies.

  2. Step 2

    Cut your circle in half.

  3. Step 3

    Mark the center of the half circle.

  4. Step 4

    Take corner of the half circle and fold it over to the half mark. You can fold it like that....

  5. or let your edge overlap the diameter.

  6. Step 5

    Press your first fold line down.

  7. Take the edge of the corner and fold it back. Line up the straight edge with the first fold line.

  8. Step 6

    Flip your tree over. Take the shorter edge and line it up with the longer edge on the opposite side.

  9. Step 7

    You can leave the tree, or see if you like it better if you fold it the opposite way.

  10. Adhere the layers down. Decorate if wanted.

  11. Step 8

    Use a stamp or a piece of paper to create your tree trunk.

  12. Step 9

    Use your tree on a project.



  1. Fold two trees and use them side by side like Birgit did here.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Folded Christmas Tree. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

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Fabulous Beate!
Pat (mspfd)  |  Thu Nov 8, 2012 at 8:34 AM
What a cool technique! Awesome tutorial, Beate!
Theresa Momber  |  Thu Nov 8, 2012 at 10:49 AM
I saw a card with the folded tree and thought I ought to try it if I can get the directions for it. And Voila - here it is. I am so happy to see this tutorial - I've got to try it smile
Thank you so much.
Amy Struthers  |  Thu Nov 8, 2012 at 1:53 PM
Fabulous! This is so much easier than the pattern version.
lacyquilter  |  Thu Nov 8, 2012 at 2:09 PM
Awesome folding technique, Beata! Fun and whimsical Christmas card.
Rebecca (bigfootbecky)  |  Thu Nov 8, 2012 at 3:44 PM
Soooo cute!! I used different sized circles, did some free hand with fancy scissors...used a 11/2 inch scallop punch for smaller embellishments(that were too cute!)..can see myself using these a lot! Thanks for the easy tutorial!
Barb Gourlay  |  Fri Nov 23, 2012 at 9:56 AM
Thanks soooo much for tut! Saved to my tuts
Love the cards...ta for sharing Hugs..Denise (UK) x
Denise  |  Tue Sep 3, 2013 at 9:27 PM
Love this tutorial. This is a real go-to tutorial. Many thanks for sharing
Sheryl Venter  |  Wed Jul 8, 2015 at 3:55 AM

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