Illuminated Paper Trees

This year, try a simple and cheap paper decoration and make some Illuminated Paper Trees. These trees are easy Christmas crafts since they only require cutting and a small amount of glue. Choose a few different patterns to add some variety and display these simple trees on your table for a cute DIY centerpiece. You can display these as is, or you can put a battery operated tea light under it to cast a soft glow on its surroundings.

Illuminated Paper Trees
Illuminated Paper Trees
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Estimated Cost: Under $10

Time to complete: Under an hour

Primary Technique: Paper Crafts

Difficulty Level: Beginner

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That is 'way interesting! Like I needed an excuse to buy more battery operated tea lights, but now I have one. I have a small plastic canvas Christmas village that needs lights and the addition of a few lighted trees made like these would be so awesome! I have to do it!

Such an easy project. This is a project that could be done in any art classroom from kindergarten to high-school and more. Instead of using colored paper, the tree design could be colored by the artist. That way the tree would be kept for decorations the following year.

These illuminated paper trees are too cute. I love that during the day, the tree has a whole different look than when the tea light is on. With this idea, you get twice as much for a little bit. At the end, you could either store them for next year or recycle.


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