Scalloped Circle Tree

by Beate Johns

Create a Christmas tree out of scalloped circles.


  • Patterned paper
  • Scalloped circle dies (Spellbinders Big Scalloped Circles Nestabilities Large used here)
  • Star dies or punches (Spellbinders Stars Five Nestabilities used here)
  • Die cutting machine
  • Craft glue
  • Coasters
  • Scissors
  • Pencils and ruler
  • Hole punch
  • Bamboo skewers, or thin wooden dowel
  • Blending tool
  • Ink (Walnut Stain Distress Ink used here)
  • Adhesive (Xyron 250 Sticker Maker used here)


  1. Step 1

    Cut patterned paper with scalloped circle dies.

  2. Hint:
    Cut several paper circles for each die. For this sample, three of each side were cut.

  3. Step 2

    Sponge edges with ink for a vintage look.

  4. Optional:
    Sponge edges of stars for a vintage look.

  5. Step 3

    Cut two stars out of patterned paper, or like here, out of glitter paper.

  6. Optional:
    Sponge edges of stars for an aged look.

  7. Step 4

    Mark the center of a chipboard coaster.

  8. Punch hole.

    Make sure the hole is just a tiny bit smaller then your Shish Kabob Skewer. Otherwise the tree will wobble. If your hole punch isn't small enough, punch the coaster with a paper piercer or another small sharp object.

  9. Step 5

    Cover coaster with patterned paper or glitter paper.

  10. Punch hole through paper.

    If you are using a Crop-a-Dile as shown, you can adhere the paper to the coaster before punching the hole, saving one step.

  11. Step 6

    Glue Shish-Kabob Skewer into the hole.

    Adhere a coaster under the first one to give the skewer more stability.

  12. Step 7

    Add glue to the tree base, pierce one of the largest paper circles in the center and slide all the way down to the base. Adhere.

  13. Step 8

    Continue to pierce center in the paper circles. Add glue to the skewer slightly above the last circle and adhere circle.

    Leave 1/8" to 1/4" gaps between each circle.

  14. Step 9

    Finish adding your circles to your tree, lining them up by size.

  15. If your skewer is too long, trim with strong scissors down, leaving about 3/4" to 1" above the last circle.

  16. Step 10

    Add adhesive on the back of both of the cut out stars.

  17. Adhere stars to both sides of the end of the skewer to hide it.



  1. - Add sparkle to tree by adding glitter to the edges of your circles (silver Stickles used here).
    - Try other die shapes like scalloped squares or regular circles for a different looks.

Your Turn

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

Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

Looks interesting. Was wondering if it could somehow be made into an advent calendar with 24 layers and a star, but may not be safe to gave skewer 'naked' with children around! How easy is it to get the layers to stick above the one below? I was thinking of putting a small 'washer' between the layers?
Ruth Cooling  |  Wed Oct 16, 2013 at 2:44 AM
So cute! Maybe you could use small beads as spacers
Dawn  |  Wed Oct 16, 2013 at 6:16 AM
Absolutely LOOOVVVEEE this Beate...thanks so much for your wonderful tutorials...
Fran Kennedy  |  Wed Oct 16, 2013 at 6:34 AM
This is so cute, I am definitely going to try this!! Thanks.
Janet Durbin  |  Wed Oct 16, 2013 at 6:42 AM
I love it! Can't wait to make one - or several!
Rebecca Ruediger  |  Wed Oct 16, 2013 at 7:03 AM
Just fabulous!! <3
Bev Rousch  |  Wed Oct 16, 2013 at 7:19 AM
What a killer fun awesome project that is very unique, different and beautiful. I'm doing this one myself. It's great as gifts too and looks like it can be easily mass produced since you can do the ink distressing while watching TV or something. Thank you Beate for the great idea! Hugs!
Cindy Blancett  |  Wed Oct 16, 2013 at 8:28 AM
Maybe adding little rustic beads the same color as Walnut Distress Inks rather than glue might help and ink distress the skewer too.

I'm so glad I saw this wonderful project. If you have a scalloped die for your Big Shot with various sizes as Beate shows to us, you'll be able to cut 7 layers at one time, so you can cut 2 trees at once. Just a thought.

This is still one of the funnest projects I've seen in a while and really like it.
Cindy Blancett  |  Wed Oct 16, 2013 at 8:40 AM
Sorry for all of the chattering, but this would make a great Halloween tree and Thanksgiving decoration for your table too! You can use it as a Thanksgiving place card by putting one of the many dies out there as a place card instead of the star at the top, you can put the name of who's going to be sitting where and they can take it home as a decoration for their house too. Can you tell I'm happy excited about this project?! Just add black or orange glitter to the Halloween tree and maybe Antique Linen Distress Stickles to the Thanksgiving tree. This one can be taken into Valentine's Day and put a heart at the top with red glitter or any holiday by changing out the colors. It's so versatile. You've got a real winner here Beate! Thanks again.
Cindy Blancett  |  Wed Oct 16, 2013 at 8:50 AM
this is absolutely darling - for those of you wanting to reinforce the space between the paper layers you can also take a clear straw and snip it into small bits and alternate paper layer, straw bit, paper layer, straw bit and the straw will keep the layers in the position you wish. LOVE THIS TREE! thank you.
Meg McAlister  |  Thu Oct 17, 2013 at 5:23 AM
I just love this tree and I like the idea of the beads for spacers and to make it for any holiday. Great Idea,
Karen Jenter  |  Thu Oct 17, 2013 at 2:17 PM

What a wonderful little tree! Love it! Wishing you all good things!


Barbara Diane
Barbara Diane  |  Fri Oct 18, 2013 at 8:03 AM
Oh my gosh! The tree is just great! I have a few ladies that would love to make these and so would I! Thanks for sharing.
Patricia Hartmann  |  Fri Oct 18, 2013 at 11:06 AM
One correction? I think the hole in the coaster should be SMALLER than the skewer.
Garnet Parker  |  Thu Oct 24, 2013 at 11:53 AM
You are right. That's definitely what I meant, but not what I wrote. I will correct it in the tutorial.
beate  |  Thu Oct 24, 2013 at 4:35 PM
Thank you, Beate. Can you tell that I have had experience with wobbly skewers and dowel?
Garnet Parker  |  Fri Oct 25, 2013 at 1:22 PM
My mind is spinning since I looked at this tree! I am definitely going to make it for this Christmas. I think the ideas to use it for other seasons/holidays is great and will try that too. What makes it so very pretty is the choice of papers, inking, and stickles. Thanks!!
sandra ross  |  Sat Oct 26, 2013 at 7:46 PM
Eek! I can't make this until next year because my bigshot is wrapped up *sigh* lol. But it is now in my Christmas playlist so that I can easily find it again. Thank you :D
Mo Allan  |  Wed Dec 11, 2013 at 4:25 AM

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