My mantle is full of DIY and upcycled tabletop Christmas trees. There are felt Christmas trees made with old sweaters and Denim DIY Christmas trees made with old jeans and even some repurposed China plate trees. I thought it would be fun to add to this collection with some DIY paper Christmas Trees.
Most paper Christmas trees are made with old books. As I love crafting with maps so much and have quite a stash I made my DIY paper Christmas trees out of old maps rather than books.
Old maps are actually a very affordable craft paper. Often you can pick up old maps from charity/thrift shops really cheaply or even from elderly relatives for free. This for me often works out much cheaper than if I bought new craft paper from a store.
Also, I find that many old maps are printed in festive colours. The roads are often in red, rural areas coloured green and all printed on a white background. This makes them suited for making map Christmas trees.
These trees are really easy to make, you could even get the kids involved with this one. Also if you make the DIY paper Christmas trees out of maps of your favourite places, this will make them even more special.
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What You Need To Make Map Trees
- OId road maps – try thrift stores or friends and family for out of date old road maps.
- Rotary cutter and mat. Or paper guillotine
- Gorilla glue contact adhesive clear
- Wooden cotton reel
- Velvet ribbon in red or gold
- Gold paper or gold-leafed paper, star punch and toothpick.
How To Make DIY Paper Christmas Trees With Maps1.When makeing a DIY paper Christmas tree with maps instead of books, you need to turn the map into a book first.
To do this open out the road map. Then, using either a rotary cutter, ruler and a mat or a paper guillotine cut up the map along the fold lines.
2. Next, stack the cut map sheets together, make sure they are all facing the same way. Then cut a small strip of paper about 1″ in width and the same length as the map sheets.
Place glue along both the edge of the stacked map sheets and on one side of the paper strip. Wrap the paper strip around the edge of the map sheets, to create a spine. Hold the map book spine in place with pegs whilst the glue dries.
3. Once the glued spine has dried the map book can be turned into a DIY paper Christmas tree.
Place the map book face down. Take the top right corner of the first page and fold it towards the center (as in the picture below).
4. Next, with the same page fold the map in half again along the diagonal towards the center. As you make the second fold you will notice that the bottom of the map sticks out from the rest of the book. Simply fold and tuck this under.
4. Carry on folding all the map pages in the same way. Once finished the map book should look like a map Christmas tree. Glue the two end pages together to maintain that DIY paper Christmas tree shape.
5. To finish off these DIY paper Christmas trees, wrap the velvet ribbon around the cotton real. Then glue the cotton reel to the base of the map Christmas trees to provide a base for the trees.
6. For a final touch to map Christmas trees make a star topper. Simply punch some star shapes out of gold paper. Glue the stars to the top of a toothpick. Then, simply slip the toothpick into the top of the paper Christmas trees.
I made two of these DIY paper Christmas trees one with a red ribbon base and the other with a gold ribbon base.
You might want to check out my upcycled map heart garland made in a similar way.
If you liked these map Christmas trees, then you should check out some of my other map Christmas crafts.
- Cotton Reel Map Christmas Ornament
- Repurposed Wood Map Ornaments
- Upcycled Map Leaf Wreath
- Christmas Crackers With Old Maps
- Map Paper Rosettes Decorations
- Repurposed Map Decorations
Find more ideas for Christmas crafts here.