Christmas Card Tree

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Don’t throw out your Christmas cards after the holiday season! Recycle them into this beautiful easy-to-make Christmas tree.


  • Recycled Christmas cards
  • Gold cardstock
  • Wooden dowel, 1/4”, 12” length
  • Plastic-foam disc, 3”


  • Hole punch, 1/4″
  • Thick craft glue

Basic Supplies

paper, pencil, scissors, ruler, stapler



Print and cut out patterns. (Note: The blue word “patterns” is a link. To access these patterns, select the link, then download and print.) Follow directions on patterns.


With right side facing up, fold each card where indicated by dashed line on pattern forming a pointed end; do not crease. Secure ends together with stapler. Punch hole where indicated by “O” on pattern.


Adhere one end of dowel to center of plastic-foam (base). Let dry. Beginning with extra-large cards and ending with small cards, thread cards onto dowel, working around base. Adhere wrong sides of star edges together, leaving bottom open. Let dry. Place open end of star onto top of dowel.

by the Craft Ideas Staff, formerly Crafts ‘n things (


4 thoughts on “Christmas Card Tree

  1. I am printing my pattern as we speak. This is what I will do with all of my cards this year. Might just put this tree in my living room to remind me daily what this day is all about. Merry CHRISTmas!!!

  2. Great idea.
    Dropped off the Pattern & Instructions at our Nursing home and they were thrilled to have something to work on that everyone can manage.

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