DIY: Modern Paper-Tree Garland

By Melissa Fenlon and Sara Albers of  Alice & Lois

Oh Tannenbaum, Oh Tannenbaum… Holiday decorating is in full swing! We love Christmas décor but usually try to keep things modern and simple. This DIY paper-tree garland is easy to make and would be fun project to work on with the kiddos!

Click through for the simple step-by-step instructions…

• Heavy card stock paper in three shades of green
• X-acto knife
• Self-healing mat
• Pin and embroidery needle
• Baker’s twine


1. Make a triangle-shaped template from cardboard measuring 1.5 inches tall by 1.5 inches wide on the bottom. Each tree will consist of two interlocking triangles; for my garland, I used three shades of green (to create an ombré effect) and made six trees in each shade, which meant cutting out twelve triangles of each shade.

2. Cut a half-inch slit on the bottom of one triangle. On another triangle, cut a half-inch slit from the top.

3. Slide the triangle with the opening on the bottom onto the top of triangle with the opening on the top, creating a modern tree shape.

4. Using a straight pin, make a hole near the top of one triangle. You can also use a very small hole punch.

5. String the baker’s twine through an embroidery needle and thread the trees together.

Photos: Sara Albers

More DIY Holiday Ideas:
Simple Holiday Wreath DIY
• DIY Fuzzy Pom-Pom Garland (perfect for your Christmas tree!)
• DIY Accordion Paper Trees