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Pop-Up Christmas Trees

Turn paper into a distinctive pop-up holiday centerpiece with this craft from pop-up book author David Carter.




Resources: Martha used Canson Mi-Teintes Drawing Papers for the tree and base, available at Blick Art Materials. Battery-powered LED "puck" lights available at home improvement stores. All other tools and materials are from Martha Stewart Crafts.


  • Christmas tree template
  • Base template
  • 2 pieces light-green lightweight card stock or art paper
  • 1 piece white lightweight card stock or art paper
  • Stapler
  • Tape
  • Ruler
  • Bone folder
  • Craft knife
  • Screw punch
  • Craft glue
  • Two pieces of cardboard, mat board, or chip board, at least 10 by 14 inches.
  • Battery-powered LED light
  • Craft punches and decorative paper for decorating tree (optional)
  • Gem stickers for decorating tree (optional)
  • Fake snow (optional)


  1. Step 1

    Print Christmas tree template and base template, enlarging the base template 150 percent.

  2. Step 2

    Stack two pieces of light-green paper and place tree template on top. Staple around tree to temporarily hold layers together. Score on dashed lines with a ruler and bone folder. Cut out tree and branches on solid lines. Punch holes where indicated with a screw punch.

  3. Step 3

    Put base circle template on white paper, stapling or taping in place. Score on dashed lines and cut on solid lines.

  4. Step 4

    Tape the two tree pieces together, right sides facing, at tab at base. Glue tabs together, using just a dab of glue for each. Allow to dry.

  5. Step 5

    Remove tape from trees. Insert base tabs into slits on base; glue and let dry.

  6. Step 6

    With tree and base folded, glue half of base to one board, aligning the fold in the base just slightly beyond the edge of the board. Use inner half circle of base "collar" as a reference to cut semicircle out of board. Glue other half of base to other board. With tree and boards folded, cut semi-circle from second board.

  7. Step 7

    Open boards, allowing tree to pop up. Place battery light under tree, within cut circle. Decorate with punched shapes or gem stickers. Place fake snow around base, if desired.

The Martha Stewart Show, December 2009



Reviews (4)

  • Lucky21346 1 Sep, 2013

    I just found this pattern (template) online now it says this page is no longer found! Please put up the templates for the large Christmas tree pop-up center table decorations which can be used for cards. It showed lights under it and it would be perfect for may table this year. You still have the video but it's useless without the templates.Thank you, Lucky21346

  • peteieart 22 Sep, 2010

    I'm sorry I missed this segment. Would love to see the video to see if elementry kids could do this. Dave Carter is an amazing artist. Hope you have him on the show again!

  • crafty5 8 Dec, 2009

    don't worry the video should be posted soon!

  • jeana_1985 6 Dec, 2009

    I just wish they had this video, and am not good with directions I am more of a seer than a do by directions kind of person. I saw the end of the show and the finished product, I was so sad I missed the show.