Christmas Crafts for Kids: Paper Shape Christmas Tree

This paper shape Christmas tree was one of my favorite Christmas crafts for kids back when I was in the classroom. All you’ll need to complete this easy Christmas craft is some paper and glue!

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Christmas Crafts for Kids: Paper Shape Christmas Tree Craft~

This paper shape Christmas tree craft was always fun to do with my students back when I taught Kindergarten and first grade. All the bold colored trees looked so festive hanging up in the classroom.  Not only did the Christmas trees look great on our walls, but the kids were able to practice shapes and spatial awareness while creating them. (Our sponge painted shape Christmas tree craft from last year is similar and one you’ll also want to try with the kids!)

Recently I made these shape Christmas trees with Lucy and Theo so we could add them to our own holiday decor here at home! (This post contains affiliate links.)


Christmas Crafts for Kids: Shape Paper Christmas Tree

Materials for Paper Shape Christmas Tree

materials for paper christmas craft for kids

Prepare the Paper Pieces for the Christmas Tree Craft

You will need 5 strips of green construction paper in these sizes:

  • 12 inches x 1 inch
  • 10 inches x 1 inch
  • 8 inches x 1 inch
  • 6 inches x 1 inch
  • 4 inches x 1 inch


You’ll also need:

circle image

How to Make the Paper Shape Christmas Tree

1. The easiest way to create this tree is by starting at the bottom and going up. Glue your brown trunk at the bottom of your black construction paper.


glue the brown construction paper trunk onto your paper

2. Glue the longest green strip right above the trunk.


3. Glue 5 circles right above the green strip.

continue gluing circles and strips of paper

4. Continue until your reach the top!

Christmas Crafts for Kids: Paper Shape Christmas Tree


This Christmas craft is a great way for kids to work on spatial awareness. It takes a lot of thinking and planning to get the shapes set up correctly. Here you can see my preschooler’s Christmas tree….


Christmas Tree Craft for Preschooler


… and my first grader’s finished tree.


Christmas Tree Craft for First Grade

Paper Shape Christmas Tree Craft for Kids: Construction paper math and art activity perfect for practicing shapes and spatial awareness! Makes a colorful homemade decoration for the holidays! ~


  1. What a good idea! We’ll be trying this out for sure. I cut a bunch of shapes for another craft that we never ended up using, so this will be perfect for us! #LinkandLearn

  2. This is super cute! I know my daughter would have fun with this craft.

  3. I love this tree & the bold shapes & colors! Thx for linking it up at the Thoughtful Spot!

  4. Love this Christmas tree craft! I think my son would love making it!

  5. Thank you very much for this beautiful idea ! I did this in my class with … flowers and not circle … Well sorry for my english ! Love from France 🙂

  6. Linda Smith says:

    Most of my crafts that i narrowed down to do with my class are coming from your artistic self. I thank you for being so creative. I’ll send you any twists I do – just in case i run out of time and have to combine -lol Thank you again and Have a Merry Christmas.


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