[Tutorial] Paint Chip Christmas Trees

Hi, friends!

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving weekend and are stuffed with turkey and pumpkin pie. I know I am!

Christmas decorating in my house has begun and  I want to share a fun Christmas craft with you guys today. I whipped these easy little trees up over the weekend. They are super inexpensive and they come together so quickly. I’m so excited to share them here today.

Paint Chip Christmas Trees

Paint Chip Christmas Trees

These sweet little trees are so festive.

Things you’ll need to make Paint Chip Christmas Trees:

Foam cone(s) any size (mine are 12 in and 9 in)

paint chip cards

glass head pins


ribbon for embellishment

Paint Chip Christmas Trees

First you’ll need to grab different shades of green paint chips from your local hardware store.

Paint Chip Christmas Trees

Cut them into 1 in. 1 1/2 in squares. The squares do not have to be perfect. I used a cutting board and sort of eyedballed it. I like the look of the different sized squares.

Then, starting at the bottom of your cone pin your squares around the circumference, alternating colors. Continue to pin your squares working your way up the cone until the entire cone is covered. Towards the top of the cone I trimmed my squares down a little bit so they weren’t overlapping too much. Then, you can embellish it with a nice gold ribbon like I did, or even a little star on top would be cute.

Paint Chip Christmas Trees

I just love these little paint chip Christmas trees and so far this is the only Christmas tree we have up in our house. Is your tree up yet? Have a great week!

Want more Holiday Decor ideas? Check out my holiday project gallery.


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Chelsea is the owner and blogger of Making Home Base. Making Home Base is a lifestyle blog that focuses on DIY and home decor projects, crafts, delicious desserts, and military life. After moving 5 times in 6 years, she's finally settling in her new (to her) military base house. She looks at the obstacle of residing in a rental home as a challenge and loves finding budget friendly ways to make her house feel like home. Chelsea lives in Southern California with her husband and daughter.


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  1. Chelsea, those are SO cute! I love the simplicity and the fact that you can make them for next to nothing. What a great idea! And no, we don’t have any trees up yet either. :)


  2. What a great project!

  3. I’m visiting from The Girl Creative’s Party. I’m totally loving your Paint Chip Trees. We don’t have our tree up yet. We wait till after my daughter’s birthday (12/7) to go pick one out.

    Happy Holidays!!

    Sapphire @ Life with My Pollitos

    • Thank you so much for taking the time to come by and visit! I’m glad to know I’m not the only one without a tree yet. How special for your daughter to pick out the tree on her birthday!

  4. These are adorable! I love the versatility here, too, because you could make these into all sorts of colors! Thanks so much for sharing this tutorial with us — so much fun! :-)

  5. Very cute! Mini trees are so addicting to make-I did a few last year and love your repurposing of paint chips. I saw pumkins like this too-very creative-great job!

  6. Taryn @ Design, Dining + Diapers says:

    These are So adorable Chelsea. Great choices in the green. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything quite like this before. Bravo! And yes, I do have my tree. I think I could be done decorating it, but I still might add a few more things :)

  7. These paper trees are darling! What a great use of paint chips too!

  8. What a creative idea! Looks great! Would love if you’d join our Countdown to Christmas link party! Hope to see you there! Happy weekend! :)

  9. Kim@ Too Much Time says:

    I love paint chip crafts and this one is super cool! I can’t wait to give it a try:) If you have a sec this weekend, I would love for you to share at Get Schooled Saturday! http://too-much-time.com/2012/11/get-schooled-saturday-50.html
    Kim @ Too Much Time On My Hands

  10. What a fabulous idea, Chelsea. I just love these. I’ve pinned and also shared a link to your tutorial on the StyroCrafts’ Facebook page. Thanks for the inpsiration. Sharon

  11. Well now that’s very clever and it turned out great! I’ve got this here linked to my Christmas trees post too today, rounding up some good DIY tree ideas!

  12. Hi Chelsea! Very cute

  13. Sorry something went wrong, here the rest of the comment :-)
    So lovely idea with the use of paint chips!!!! Love it so much and thank you for sharing

  14. so fun! i love the little bows at the top!

  15. Karah @ thespacebetweenblog says:

    such a great idea. i shared on my fb page!


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