PAPER Christmas: DIY Collaged Christmas Tree Greeting Card

We're a bit overdue in celebrating Christmas in July, but the dog days of August are just as good a time to get a jump on holiday crafting. Luckily, British paper crafter Emily Dawe's brand new book for Search Press, Paper Christmas, was recently released on this side of the Pond and it's chock full of stylishly simple ways to do just that.

Papercraft book cover, Paper Christmas

You'll find a round up of sixteen popular paper projects that include garlands, a tiny houses Advent calendar, folded book angel, origami star, holly wreath, winter trees bell jar, snowflakes, diamond ornament, greeting cards and gift tags, marbled wrapping paper, and more.
 Paper Christmas book table of contents with images of 16 included projects

Each on-trend project uses basic paper crafting supplies and includes accompanying templates. The use of a Cricut cutting machine is advised for some of the gift tag designs, although you can also use a craft knife and cutting mat.
Layered papercut birds, each suspended on black and white baker's twine and a horizontal mobile stick

The book begins with an introduction followed by essential information about papers, materials and tools, techniques, and basic tips. The projects are divided into categories - Gift-Giving, Decorations, and Festive Fun. You'll be cutting, gluing, heat embossing, glittering, and humming Christmas carols in no time!

Christmas presents decorated with ribbons and handmade gift tags
Many of the projects are ideal for beginners and most can be enjoyed by children. I suspect teachers, after school minders, and scout leaders will happily turn to Emily's ideas come autumn.

Pretty paper examples and an explanation of how to work with paper grain

The 122 page book is available in paperback and Kindle formats.

Embellishment tools including stamps, punches, and glitter for making Christmas paper crafts

Just for All Things Paper readers, here's a complete project from Paper Christmas

The Collaged Christmas Tree Card (light blue card below) is a great way to make use of paper scraps, both solids and patterns. The rolled paper tree is a neat idea too, and would be another fun one to make, although it's best given in person or mailed in a box.

Two handmade Christmas tree cards, one is made up of horizontal paper rolls and the other is collaged shapes of patterned and printed papers

Here are the instructions as shown on the book page. They are also typed below so you can see them clearly.

 Text and photo instructions for making a collaged Christmas tree card

You will need
135 x 135mm (5 1/4 x 5 1/4in) pale blue card blank
  • Selection of five different patterned and plain papers
  • Tracing paper and pencil
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Click the link and then the arrow to the right of the template to download original size and print  
pieced paper Christmas tree card and envelope

Step 1 Trace off the template.

Step 2 Take the tracing and place it onto the back of your first piece of paper. Transfer the relevant tree sections onto the paper by drawing over them in pencil [as shown].

Step 3 Cut out the individual parts of the tree from the patterned paper. Continue tracing and cutting out sections of the tree from different papers until you have all the pieces.

Step 4 Starting with the trunk and lowest sections, arrange the papers as you would like them to appear on the front of your card, working your way up to the top of the tree.

Step 5 Once you are happy with how your arrangement looks, stick all the pieces in place on your card blank. Start from the trunk and work up.

Miniature garlands featuring stockings, dots, and pennants


And now a U.S. and Canada giveaway! (edit: it has ended; scroll down to see who won) To enter to win a copy of Paper Christmas: Sign up for the Search Press email list (green bar, top left of page) and leave a comment on this post.

 Papercut holly wreath of leaves, red berries and mistletoe


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An identical giveaway is underway on the All Things Paper Instagram feed. You may enter one or both places by the end of Saturday, August 18, 2018, but can only win one book.

Clear glass bell jar contains glitter papercut trees surrounded by deer figurines

Three winners from combined entries will be chosen via a random number generator, contacted, and announced at the bottom of this post and on the Instagram giveaway photo.


I hope you've enjoyed this sneak peek at Paper Christmas and that you're feeling inspired to pull out your papers and tools. Oh! And here's the Collaged Christmas Tree Card (along with some other little projects) that I made using Emily's template. It features an assortment of beautiful decorative papers from Mulberry Paper and More on woodgrain card stock from LCI Paper.


Christmas tree collage card made with metallic papers
Congratulations to the winners: wintergreen, Annette Bushman, and tammy_tellmetrue!

This giveaway is sponsored by Search Press.

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  1. Looks like a fun book with a great variety of projects!

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  2. These projects look super cute!
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  3. What an amazing collection of Christmas paper crafts. They not only look beautiful and very importantly, they look achievable!


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