Paper Plate Christmas Tree

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This Paper Plate Christmas Tree is a festive and colorful paper plate Christmas craft the kids can enjoy making in 30 minutes and with minimal supplies!

Three decorated paper plate Christmas tree crafts with mini poms poms and sequins


One of the things I love best about the holidays is being able to make Christmas crafts with my kids. This paper plate Christmas tree craft is a fun way to kick off the holiday season.  The combination of mini pom poms and mini sequins makes this a colorful Christmas craft that can be made in about 30 minutes with minimal supplies, great for last minute crafting or an activity to keep the kids busy for a bit. 

paper plate christmas tree decorated with colorful pom poms, sequins, and gold star on top.

Using the Christmas Tree to Decorate

There are several ways you can use this craft as a decoration. You can use a hole puncher to put a hole in the top. Then, add some yarn so it can be hung in a window or on the tree if your tree is big enough. Another neat way to display the Christmas tree craft is to glue the whole completed tree on a large piece of construction paper. Then, the kids can draw anything they want with the tree such as presents or snowflakes. If you want to get a little fancier with it, cut the construction paper into the shape of a shirt and glue the Christmas tree plate on so it looks like a funny ugly sweater shirt.


Some of these supplies you may have in your craft supplies or kitchen right now. Others can be found at a craft store or on Amazon. Gather these items to prepare for making this fun holiday craft:


You can absolutely use anything you or your kids want to decorate your paper plate Christmas tree. I enjoy the pom-poms and gemstones but feel free to let your kids customize their tree with other decorative items like:

  • Stickers
  • Glitter
  • Jewels
  • Sequins
  • Ribbon
  • Old Buttons


  1. Paint the entire front of the paper plate green. Then, let it dry.
  2. Once the paper plate has dried, cut it into quarters so you have four triangles.
  3. Glue three of the triangles together as shown in the photo above.
  4. Paint a jumbo popsicle stick brown. Then, hot glue it to the back of the Christmas tree you formed with the three triangles.
  5. Decorate your tree with adhesive gemstones and mini pom-poms.
  6. Add a glitter star to the top of the tree! We love to use a mini star cookie cutter for to trace a perfect star shape. 
paint paper plate, cut into fourths, glue in tree shape and decorate


Why cut the plate into four parts and only use three?

Cutting the plate into fourths provides a nice size for the Christmas tree without it being too big or bulky. It also allows you to use just three plates to make four of the trees.

What if I don’t have a popsicle stick?

If you don’t have large popsicle sticks to use for this craft, you can use brown construction paper. If you want it to be sturdier, you can cut out the trunk shape several times and glue them together. They can be hung on the wall around the tree or placed in the dining area as part of the festive, Christmas décor.

Completed painted green paper plate Christmas trees. decorated with poms poms, sequins and gold star.

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