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Try This: Projects for the Holidays: Mini Cardboard Tree

This holiday season, create a mini cardboard tree with character.

| November/December 2009

  • These DIY cardboard Christmas trees are fun for the whole family to make.
    Photo By Rob Cardillo

Mini Cardboard Tree

Materials
Chicken wire
2 sheets of newspaper 
1 or 2 old cardboard boxes depending on size 
1/3 cup of water
Nontoxic paint (we used three different shades of green)
Three medium sized paint brushes
Cut tree branch (about 2 feet tall)
Terra cotta planter
Shredded newspaper

Tools
Utility knife
Glue 
3 bowls or containers to hold the paint and water mixture
Wire cutters
Needle nose pliers
Utility gloves (optional)

Directions



1. Make a cone Christmas tree shape out of chicken wire like the newspaper Christmas tree, only 6-10 inches tall rather than 2 feet.

2. Cover the outside of the wire Christmas tree frame with one sheet of newsprint and glue the ends together. You are going to repeat this for the inside of the frame only cover the outside of the newspaper cone with glue. Place inside the metal frame and let it dry. The two sheets of newspaper and metal frame should be sturdy and securely glued together.



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