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Shipping-Box Tree | Christmas Display Ideas

Shipping-Box Tree

Got deliveries turning up on your doorstep? Repurpose those cardboard cartons into a truly green tannenbaum - great for a bedroom or playroom.


  • sturdy corrugated cardboard
  • scissors (an adult's job)
  • pencil
  • glue


1. To make the tree, draw the basic shape (our is 19 inches tall and 18 inches wide at the bottom) on sturdy corrugated cardboard. Cut out the shape, then trace the cutout on another sheet of cardboard and cut out the second piece.

Shipping-Box Tree

2. Cut slits as shown at right and slide the pieces together.

3. Draw and cut out a circle for a base (ours is 12 inches wide). Run glue along the bottom edges of the assembled tree and affix it to the base.

4. Easy decorations: Ornament hangers easily pierce corrugated cardboard, so your kids can trim the tree with baubles made from recycled cereal boxes and greeting cards (see here) or other handmade creations.

5. To add a cute garland, simply string buttons onto flexible wire (we used 16-gauge aluminum wire) and twist it above each button to hold the button in place.