12 Days of Christmas Crafts – Day 1 – Paper Plate Christmas Trees

If you've read about how I choose crafts for our family, you know that I like crafts which use only simple items that we have on hand.

That's how I knew that these Paper Plate Christmas Trees would be a good choice for us.

They are SO SIMPLE.

12 days of Christmas Crafts - Day 1 Paper Plate Christmas Tree Ornaments

What you'll need:

A paper plate

green washable paint

small colorful pompoms (or other decorations such as buttons)

yellow construction paper

paint brush


yarn or ribbon

white washable school glue


glitter (optional)

First, you will need to paint the paper plate.

Although we use washable paint, I still like to keep things as neat as possible so we put a large piece of paper under it to keep paint from getting on the table.

If you are using glitter, you can sprinkle it into the wet paint after the entire plate is painted.

Set it aside to dry.


painting paper plate for christmas tree craft

Cut a star from yellow construction paper.

You can draw it freehanded or trace a star shape that you may own such as these Glow in the Dark Plastic Stars or a star cookie cutter.  About 2 inches across is a good size for this craft.

I drew ours freehanded, and then let the children cut them out.


The star can also be decorated with glitter, but it doesn't have to be.  If you choose to use glitter, just make a design on the star with the white glue and then sprinkle away!

I was feeling brave today, so we chose to use glitter. If you are going to use glitter, I have found that these Glitter Shakers do help to minimize the mess.

Wait for the paper plate to fully dry.

Some of the paint had been applied very thick, so we let it dry for about 3 hours just to be sure.


paper plate Christmas tree ornament craft

When the plate is completely dry, fold and cut into 4 equal pieces.

To do this, first fold the plate in half. Then cut on the crease.

Next, fold each half in half and cut again.


Cutting paper plate Christmas tree after it's dry

You should have 4 equal pieces when you are finished cutting.

Now it's time to put the Christmas Tree together!

paper plate christmas tree ready to assemble

Stack the Christmas tree sections and glue on the back.  

Use a small amount of white glue, and you may need to slightly  bend the tree sections together to get the glue to hold.

making a paper plate Christmas tree

Decorate your Christmas tree.

Glue the star on top of your tree and add pompom decorations.

You can be creative here and decorate the tree how you want. If you don't have pompoms, you can use buttons, foam shape pieces, or even cut small construction paper ornaments for your tree.

Both of my children chose pompoms.


Here they are decorated!

I think they turned out really well.

Allow the glue to dry.

We only waited about 15 minutes before moving to the next step.



finished paper plate Christmas tree ornaments

Add yarn to the back to make a hanger.

We used tape to hold the yarn and it did well.

Plus, my children love to use tape.

They loved this craft because there was glue, glitter, and tape involved!

Making the Christmas tree hanger using yarn and tape

And here they are hanging on our Christmas tree!

We thought this was a very fun and cute craft.

The most difficult part for us was getting the tree sections to stay together with the glue. But once you figure out how to bend it and hold it in place for a few seconds, it will stay together.

The best part of this craft was decorating the trees. My children absolutely loved this!

12 days of Christmas Crafts - Day 1 Paper Plate Christmas Tree Ornaments

What do you think of this craft? Are you going to make Paper Plate Christmas Tree Ornaments with your children? 

I would love to hear from you! Please comment below.

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