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Eco-Friendly Craft: Create a beautiful Winter Tree Scenery using Cardboard

 Learn how to create a stunning winter tree scenery using eco-friendly materials like cardboard in this DIY craft tutorial. Embrace your creativity and make a beautiful and sustainable decoration for the winter season.

I am excited to be participating in the Sustainable Challenge along with a group of fellow bloggers. We will be sharing eco-friendly and sustainable craft ideas. I cannot wait to share my upcycled craft with you all. The theme for this month is Christmas. 

For my project, I chose to repurpose some old cardboard. I believe that using household items in crafting is a great choice. Today, I am excited to share with you a beautiful Winter Tree scenery that I created using cardboard and a few other materials. If you're ready, I would love for you to join me and recreate it.

Winter scenery with Cardboard Trees decorated in craft gems, twine, and faux snow

Video tutorial

Collage showing close-up of cardboard trees decorated in twine, gems, and gift tissue paper
Materials needed for your cardboard craft project:
  • Cardboard
  • Acrylic paint
  • Tissue paper
  • Holiday stencils
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Mod Podge
  • Faux snow
  • Paper tree template 
  • Any decorations such as craft beads, pearls, and craft gems

Materials such as gift tissue paper, cardboard, faux snow, craft gems, stencils and paintbrush

Tracing and cutting out the cardboard trees

Cardboard, tree template, and permanent marker
To start, you can easily find a tree template for free online. Alternatively, you can draw your tree template on paper. Once you have your template, trace it onto the cardboard. 

Traced cardboard trees, and scissors
Use scissors to cut out each tree 

Applying acrylic paint to each cardboard tree and flat cardboard

Cardboard trees cut-outs, paintbrush and acrylic paint
Applying acrylic paint to your cardboard trees. Wait for the paint to dry completely before moving on to the next step. 
Flat painted white cardboard section
Take another flat cardboard section and paint it with acrylic paint as well. Let it dry completely.

Adding Mod Podge and decorating each tree

Now, it's time to decorate the trees. You can use decorative tissue paper, stencils, craft gems, pearls, and even faux snow to add your personal touch. I decorated mine with some gift tissue paper and other embellishments. 
I added gift tissue paper to two cardboard trees and twine to one.

Mod Podge, Painted cardboard trees, and gift tissue paper

First, prepare the tissue paper by cutting sections that you will use on the trees. For my project, I used two sections of tissue paper since I only wanted to apply it to two of the cardboard trees. Once you have cut the tissue paper, set it aside. Next, use a paintbrush to apply Mod Podge to the trees. Afterward, place the tissue paper over the trees and apply a second layer of Mod Podge over the top of the tissue paper. To speed up the drying process, you can use a blow dryer to dry the final coat of Mod Podge.

Twine, scissors, and cardboard tree cut-outs

I applied hot glue to one of the trees and then wrapped twine around it.

Decorated cardboard trees with crafts gems

I found light blue, dark, light pink gems, and pearl-like gems in my craft stash. I added them to cardboard trees. 

Stencil, and flat painted cardboard section

First, I added a snowflake stencil design to my cardboard and used a small brush to apply light blue paint.

Attaching each tree to a flat cardboard section

Decorated cardboard trees and flat painted cardboard section

Once you've fully decorated each tree, apply adhesive to the bottom of each tree and attach it to the flat cardboard section.

Here is a simple tip to prevent your trees from collapsing: attach three small wooden blocks behind each tree with hot glue. This will keep your trees from tipping back and make them more stable.

Adding the finishing touches

Close-up of cardboard trees, faux snow, gems, and stencil
Finally, add some Mod Podge to the sections where you will add faux snow. This will help keep the snow in place on your decoration.

Attach the cardboard trees to the painted cardboard, then add craft gems to complete this winter scenery.
Winter scenery with cardboard decorated trees

I appreciate how this project utilizes materials like cardboard to reduce waste. It's wonderful to be able to give new life to materials by repurposing them into something lovely yet uncomplicated. Thank you for taking the time to visit and create this beautiful winter scene with me.

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Pinterest pin showing winter tree scenery using cardboard trees along with text description of craft

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  1. This is so pretty! I wouldn't never have realised it was just made from cardboard at first glance. I especially love how you've grouped the trees on the card base and then added the other little bits and pieces, it looks so sweet. I have a bit of a thing for little tree decorations, I think I NEED to add a little cardboard forest to my collection this year!

    1. Julie. Thank you so much. I enjoyed creating this project. This was a fun challenge!

  2. What a great idea and a fun way to reuse some of those shipping boxes we accumulate, Stephanie! It's certainly a wonderful eco-friendly Christmas craft that looks quite adorable in any decor!

    1. Gail, thank you so much. 😊 It was such a fun project. I appreciate you visiting and commenting.

  3. I love this. You would never know it started life as an old cardboard box! The variety in textures on the trees makes it extra special.

    1. Christine, aw thank you so much. I'm happy to hear you enjoyed it. Thank you for visiting.

  4. What darling trees! The little truck is a perfect seasonal touch! This would be a wonderful addition to my Christmas village! Thank you for the tutorial -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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    1. Joanne, thank you. I appreciate you visiting. :)

  6. Love how you recycled cardboard and made these cute Christmas trees.

  7. Love how you recycle cardboard and made these cute Christmas trees

  8. This is such a great cardboard craft! I always have plenty of boxes around, and this is such a great way to reuse them. I love the trees you created!

    1. Thank you so much. Yes, it's a great way to reuse those boxes. Thank you so much for visiting and commenting. I appreciate it.

  9. Now, those are cute, I like them! Thanks so much for linking up at the #UnlimitedLinkParty 137. Pinned.

    1. Dee, thank you so much. Happy to hear that you like them. :)

  10. Now these are adorable. I would love to make this for the cottages I collect. I think it would be a nice addition.

    1. Terri, thank you so much. I think that would look beautiful added to your cottages. πŸ₯°

  11. I love how you used different craft materials to make each Christmas tree unique! What a beautiful little Christmas scene using recycled cardboard....genius!

    1. Shelly, thank you so much. I appreciate you sharing your thoughts on this craft. It was such a fun craft to work on. 😌 Thank you for visiting.

  12. Wow, these turned out so beautifully. I can hardly believe they are made from cardboard! So festive. Visiting from Crazy Little Lovebirds Linkup. I'd love to see you share this post at my linkup as well:

    1. Jennifer, thank you so much. It was so fun to create this. Thank you for visiting. 😊 I will be sure to stop by your linkup.

  13. Such a beautiful and resourceful display. Adding this to my next craft day with my daughter.

    1. Thank you so much. I hope you enjoy creating it just as much as I did. :)

  14. I love making cardboard crafts and your winter scene turned out awesome. I especially like adding the stencil design and little gems. It's a wonderful eco-friendly project!

    1. Allyson, thank you so much. I appreciate it. 😊

  15. Stephanie, CONGRATS! Your post is FEATURED at the #UnlimitedLinkParty 138!

  16. This turned out, really pretty! I like the simple, elegant look.

    Thank you for sharing your host with us at the Sunday sunshine blog hop!


  17. What a fun idea! And it looks so festive. I am definitely trying this!


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