Glowing Christmas Trees

Made from just glue and tissue paper, these Christmas Trees will sparkle and glow when you place an LED tealight inside. They make wonderful centerpieces for a Christmas Table. (NOTE: Do not use a real flame under these trees, use battery operated LED tealights only)

Glowing Christmas Trees

Project Info

Difficulty Easy
Duration 15-30 minutes
Age 3+
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  • Card
  • Glitter Glue
  • Greaseproof Paper
  • Green Tissue Paper (Various Shades)
  • LED Candle
  • White Glue


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  1. PREPARATION: Using a small plate, draw a circle on the card. Cut out. Repeat making a second circle on greaseproof paper.
  2. Fold each circle in quarters to find the centre of the circle - mark this. Unfold.
  3. Make a cut from the edge of the card circle to the centre point.
  4. Make a cone from the card by overlapping the cut edges of the circle, keep increasing the overlap until the cone is the size you desire. Staple to secure.
  5. Now repeat with the greaseproof paper, making sure that the cone is the same size as the card cone.
  6. Place the greaseproof paper cone on top of the card cone and staple them together.
  7. Tear up the tissue paper into small pieces.
  8. KIDS: Cover the cone with a thick layer of white glue.
  9. Place the bits of tissue paper all over the glue covered cone - until it is entirely covered.
  10. Now brush another layer of glue over the tissue paper.
  11. Leave to dry thoroughly. This will take at least 24 hours, possibly longer.
  12. ADULTS: Very carefully separate the dried glue / tissue cone from the greaseproof paper.
  13. KIDS: Decorate the tree with dots of glitter glue.
  14. Place a tealight inside the tree to make it glow.




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Useful supplies

Elmer's Glue-All Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue, Extra Strong, 7.625 Ounces, 1 Count (E1324)
$1.99 Buy on Amazon
DMD Tissue Value Packs 20 Inch by 26 Inch 100/Package, Assorted
Sargent Art 22-1808 4-Ounce Glitter Glue Assortment, 8-Count
$17.68 Buy on Amazon
Everlasting Tealights Battery-Operated Flamess Candles with Soft Flicker, 12-Pack
$7.53 Buy on Amazon

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