These DIY Pop-Up Christmas Tree Cards are fun, fast, and easy to make. The trees fold flat to mail, but once they’re fully open, they stand up and double as instant, 3-D holiday decor! When your friends and family pull them out of the envelope, their first thought will be, what’s this? Then they pop them open, and realize, Oh! Christmas tree!

These DIY Pop-Up Christmas cards are also a fun activity to do with kids at a holiday party or on a playdate or a winter crafternoon. All you need are scissors, cardstock or construction paper. You can personalize your tiny tannenbaums however you want—write notes, draw pictures, paint them or even add stickers as “ornaments.” Make a bunch to mail to friends and family or use as decor for your Christmas party, or just to dress up your home for the season.

Once you’ve made several pop-up Christmas trees you can:

-Stand them on your mantel—add fake snow or cotton batting to create a winter wonderland display
-Work them into a centerpiece
-Write names on them to use as placecards
-Punch a hole and add a string to turn them into mobiles or tree ornaments
-Tape them atop a present as gift tags

Wherever you use them, these DIY Pop-Up Christmas trees will help you and yours have a Merry Christmas!

For other fun and easy DIY holiday card ideas, click here.

You’ll Need

  • DIY Pop-Up Christmas Tree Cards template
  • Cardstock or construction paper in desired colors—or, paint cereal boxes and cut them out to upcycle them into tree decor
  • Scissors
  • Stickers for decorating (or use markers, crayons, whatever you like!)


Step One: Download DIY Pop-Up Christmas Tree Cards template, print on cardstock or construction paper, and cut out.

Step Two: Cut a slit at the top of one cut out and the bottom of the other, as indicated.

Step Three: Decorate cut-outs with stickers, markers, or whatever art supplies you like—don’t forget to do both sides! Write a greeting if using as holiday cards or names if using as placecards or gift tags.

Step Four: Slide the top slit into the bottom slit and pop out to use as decor or leave flat to slip into an envelope and mail. Have a Happy Holiday!

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