Accordion Paper Trees

By Olivia Kanaley, DIY Editor

These folded paper trees are easier than they look thanks to a downloadable template. Make one or a whole forrest and add a punchy, modern touch to your holiday home.

Continue reading for the full tutorial … To make this craft you will need colored paper, a pen, scissors, ruler, bone folder and glue stick. If you don’t have a bone folder, you can use an old credit card or an empty ballpoint pen.

Step 1: Download the template and print it out onto a an extra piece of paper (sturdy paper works best for tracing). Cut out template and trace onto colored paper. Make small marks where the fold lines intersect the sides, these will guide you later. Step 2: Cut out traced shape. For the large tree, you will need to trace and cut three of these. Step 3: Using a bone folder and ruler score the fold lines (these are marked by dashed lines on the template), then fold accordion style as shown below. Repeat with all three tree pieces. Step 4: Glue the inner folds together as shown below. Repeat for all three tree pieces. Step 5: Glue end flaps together to join all three tree pieces. Step 6: Enjoy your finished tree.

To make the Star Topper: Print out template and cut out. Trace onto colored paper and cut out. Score and fold along dashed lines, and gently shape into three dimensional star as shown above. Attach to tree with glue. To make the Small Tree: Use the Small Tree template and follow the same directions shown above. You will only need two tree pieces.

  1. This is adorable…I have a small studio condo so this is a perfect non-clutter looking decoration!! I have to do this!! =)

    Ergo – Blog

  2. Jack

    Woohoo Olivia! Awesome.

  3. Rach

    So sweet Olivia!

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  7. Jodie

    These are brilliant and perfect for a Christmas theme we are currently putting together. Would you mind if we make and use your DIY inspiration as part of our scheme decor?

    Jodie 🙂

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  10. this is so adorable, would like to make this for a gift, are there any instructions for the star? how many cut outs do we need? sorry i’m practically DIY challenged!

    • oliviakanaley

      Hi Patricia,

      To make the star you just need to cut one star out of colored paper — the star is included in the template to make things easy. Score and fold along the dashed lines (marked on the template). Then, gently shape it so it looks like the star above. This last part is the trickiest, so here’s a tutorial with some great visuals to help you out:

      Happy crafting!

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  13. Danny

    Perfect office desk decor!

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  15. Lisa

    Love them! thank you so much!

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  18. kosai

    Thanks for your idea.I love

  19. fabiola

    thanaks!!!! it’s beautiful and super easy….


    greetings from México….


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  22. Sophia

    I made these a few years ago out of old paperback books that I just folded down…They’re still going strong!

  23. Jen

    These came out a lot smaller than I thought. I’m going to try to blow up the template for an 11×17 piece of paper.

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  29. C’est très difficile lorsque l’on est célibataire de faire une rencontre juive. Mais il ne faut pas se voiler la face, l’amour quand on ne s’y attend pas !