DIY Foam Board Christmas Trees

Ive seen so many triangle trees on Pinterest so of course I have to make some.

I used foam board from the Dollar Tree but you could use cardboard. Use thicker cardboard or glue two pieces together to make it stronger.

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I cut some triangles and glued a thin wood dowel from the Dollar Tree. I also added a toothpick to the top.

I use a toothpick for the stars. I want them to sit on top instead of glued to the front. It was easier to add before I wrapped the trees.

I tried after, lesson learned… You dont have to do this and do it your own way for the star if you add one.

The wooden dowel I just used a brown acrylic paint with some water to give it a stained look. You can do it before or after you glue to the tree.

Wrapping time! You can use scrapbook paper, twine, ribbon, fabric or wrapping paper. You can do these with the kids. I made several different kinds.

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For the yarn wrapped ones I started on the back gluing from the top and wrapping to the bottom. I love this fur style yarn!

The white fur, pink and aqua yarn I did row by row and the thin yarn I did more of a ‘messy’ rustic wrap.

For all the yarns as you get near the bottom you’ll need to glue. You can also glue along the way. Its wrapped pretty snug so I didn’t.

I also glued to the bottom to cover the foam board. You dont have to as you really wont see it but Im gifting some so I wanted to give it a clean finish.

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I also picked up these mini tree slices. 50% off at Hobby Lobby. Drilled a hole big enough for the dowel to fit snug.

I glued the dowel to the tree slice after I was done wrapping.

Dont want to drill or use tree slices you’ll see some alternatives below.

I also painted the stars and glued them to the toothpick. Paint, glitter or leave natural.

You can see how they sit on top. The star can be floppy with no support on top. I do the same thing with my cone trees.

Another lesson learned with floppy stars! Haha.

I ‘messy’ wrapped with thin yarn for these trees.

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I added that fur yarn to the bottom to cover the foam on the bottom like above. I think its a nice finish with the fur bottoms.

Some other ways to make your foam board trees. Ribbon wrapped. Love this ribbon, found it at Walmart.

I cut pieces to fit with a bit extra to wrap the sides and glue to the back. I started at the bottom so they layered on top of each other.

I added felt to cover the ‘mess’ on the back and the fur bottom again.

Scrapbook paper for this one. Cut to fit with enough on the edge to wrap the sides and glue to the back.

I hot glued on the front. I did light strokes as I didn’t want the glue to show through the paper.

You could use a glue stick, Mod Podge or Elmers. When using Elmers or Mod Podge do a light coat so the paper doesn’t wrinkle from it being too wet.

Could use spray adhesive but Im not a fan because of the over spray…

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I also covered the back of this one with felt. You could use your scrapbook paper or wrapping paper but I wanted to save the rest of this star paper for other projects.

Of course I added the fur yarn bottom! 😉

I glued three wood pieces to the back for support. These wood pieces are from the Dollar Trees mini ‘Jenga’ game in the toy section.

You could make this reversible using the blocks as steps adding trees, miniatures, ect.

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Another way. I glued to the tree slice. I also added some of the mini wood blocks from the Dollar Tree for more support because I glued toward the front of the slice to make it look like a tree trunk.

It was a bit front heavy without the blocks.

This one I added a name banner. I stamped small wood pieces from the jumbo bag of wood items from Dollar Tree. Great bag of goodies.

More ways to do your trees.

Dollar Tree white bucket from the wedding section. I added some floral foam with more of the fur yarn to hide the foam.

I also added a few glass stones you up can pick up at the Dollar Tree for some weight.

Used wrapping paper here.

Popsicle sticks, Dollar Trees ‘Jenga’ blocks and Crafters Square cubes.

Dollar Trees silver tinsel. I did trim it a bit.

The Popsicle stick and the wood Jenga style blocks. Four on the bottom and two on top.

This is left over green tinsel removed from the tree in this post I yarn wrapped.

Two Jenga style blocks and four cubes on this tree.

Some fabric stuffed trees. Glue some sort of batting or stuffing to your piece of foam board. I found this easier than trying to stuff it after.

Wrap your fabric and glue to the back like you would the scrapbook paper or ribbon trees.

So many options for your trees.

Have you made some foam board or card board triangle trees?

What one is your favorite?

Comments (6)

  1. Sue

    Fantastic how to tutorial for these trees and a wonderful variety of ideas to make. You were very detailed in how you made them which is appreciated.

    11/22/2023 at 1:31 pm Reply
    • Kelly

      Thank you! 🙂

      11/22/2023 at 6:15 pm Reply
  2. Erin

    What inspiring ideas!! Love it.

    11/16/2022 at 9:11 pm Reply
  3. Mary Lynn

    What template did you use for the shape of the tree? I bought a large piece of foam board to cut out trees but not sure on dimensions.
    Thank you!

    10/18/2022 at 8:23 pm Reply
  4. Wendy

    These look awesome!! Going to do for a craft night!! What stars did you use though?! Thx!!

    08/04/2022 at 4:08 am Reply
  5. Barbara

    Fabulous ideas and such a variety. I could see hosting a Girls’ Craft Night, having a bunch of these materials ready and your pictures for examples. Thanks so much!

    12/13/2021 at 8:59 pm Reply
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