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Shimmering Stacked Trees




Resources: Paper Dresden stars and clear glass glitter can be found at D. Blumchen and Company, Martha's source for vintage-inspired holiday decorations and crafting supplies. A receipt spike can be found at restaurant-supply stores. Knitting needles and clay can be purchased from most crafts stores.


  • 4 ounces Sculpey clay
  • 10-inch, 6mm thick knitting needle
  • Felt
  • Craft glue
  • Clear glass glitter
  • Receipt spike (optional)
  • 2 pieces 6-by-6-inch card stock
  • Newspaper
  • Utility knife
  • Bone folder
  • Adhesive spray
  • Hot-glue gun and glue
  • 2 paper Dresden stars


  1. Step 1

    Roll and flatten 4 ounces sculpting clay to form dome shape. Poke knitting needle horizontally through flat area of clay dome. Remove knitting needle.

  2. Step 2

    Bake clay in oven at 275 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes. Reinsert needle into baked clay. Glue felt on bottom of base for surface protection.

  3. Step 3

    Apply glue, then glitter, to the base. A receipt spike can be used to create a smaller tree instead of building a base using the above instructions.

  4. Step 4

    To form tree, place 2 pieces of 6-by-6-inch card stock onto spike for stability.

  5. Step 5

    Cut newspaper into 50 sheets of each size:-6 by 6 inches-5 1/2 by 5 1/2 inches-5 by 5 inches-4 1/2 by 4 1/2 inches-4 by 4 inches-3 1/2 by 3 1/2 inches-3 by 3 inches-2 1/2 by 2 1/2 inches-2 by 2 inches-1 1/2 by 1/2 inch

  6. Step 6

    Cut 25 1-inch sheets of newspaper.

  7. Step 7

    Begin poking pieces of newspaper onto spike in descending order, folding and unfolding each piece of paper using a bone folder.

  8. Step 8

    Spray tree with adhesive and immediately sprinkle with diamond dust. Set aside and let dry for 10 minutes.

  9. Step 9

    Using a hot-glue gun, adhere 2 paper Dresden stars back-to-back to top of tree.

The Martha Stewart Show, December 2007



Reviews (86)

  • woodland1954 30 Mar, 2015


  • woodland1954 30 Mar, 2015


  • ltagg 4 Jan, 2014

    When my son and his new wife honeymooned in Hawaii, I asked if they could please bring back some newspapers, brochures, and other types of paper ephemera. I turned those papers into one of these amazing stacked trees. A craft which cost next to nothing to make...but is priceless to them!

  • toohotmama 14 Dec, 2011

    I LOVE Martha, but her craft and recipe directions are horribly written! This makes more sense when you watch the video, or maybe that's precisely what they want you to do. You fold the sheets in half, in half again and unfold them simply to find the center point to pierce on the needle.

  • maybelle 28 Nov, 2011

    I made the tree over the weekend. To answer your question about folding, I took each square and folded it in half and then in half again before placing it on the needle. It came out just beautiful and because I work for a newspaper, I going to keep it on my desk at the office.

  • CSabHunt 17 Nov, 2011

    what does she mean by fold and unfold..

  • Maeve42 16 Nov, 2011

    I was wondering if anyone has tried to make this of felt, like Martha mentioned it could be in the video? Just curious, because I love using felt for all sorts of things, and think this project would be just as pretty in felt as it is in newspaper. :)

  • meem1949 13 Nov, 2011

    why can't i 'pin it' from

  • Joshiewashie 29 Nov, 2010

    This looks like it would be a really fun craft idea for kids. I will have to talk with my kids and see if this is something they would want to do this year for christmas.

  • boydresseer 24 Nov, 2010

    Made these and love them. The cutest trees ever and my boyfriend has to read the newspaper really quick before I take it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • flyinghawk0727 8 Jan, 2009

    My 22 year old daughter and I had a great time making these. Wonderful Mother-Daughter time ! And we are so proud of our trees ! We will enjoy them for years to come ! Hmmm? What's our next craft gonna be ?!

  • Marshain 18 Dec, 2008

    Two of us made 18 of these to use as part of centerpieces for a Christmas party. We made 9 7" trees and 9 12" trees. We used 3/8" dowels (sharpened the ends of the dowels with a pencil sharpener) and tread wheels from the hobby store. We mounted them on platters with KleanKlay and added ceramic nativity scenes . After the party we gave them as presents to our American Heritage Girls volunteer leaders. They were thrilled! They really are beautiful.

  • camille1955 13 Dec, 2008

    What a clever idea. I love recycling

  • snowbird56 5 Dec, 2008

    valerieburns, you cut 50 of each size except for the 1 inch. You cut 25 one- inch squares and use that for the top part of the tree.

  • LovesTx 4 Dec, 2008

    FYI lynnrob if you go to video and TV on the Martha Stewart site you can type in the Nov. 2008 shows and it will bring up the video for the trees you are looking for. The show was on November 28, 2008 not in October. Hope I explained this well enough. If not post again and I will try to explain again.

  • valerieburns 3 Dec, 2008

    step 6 cut 25 1" inch sheets of paper
    step 5 does not call for 1" what do you do with the 1" paper?
    could some one tell me.

  • lynnrob 3 Dec, 2008

    I would like to have the 'instructions' for the stacked tree that was made on the show on Friday, October 28, 2008...with Ted Danson's wife. I thought this was it but it seems to be a twee bit more involved - any hope of getting the one on the show? Thanks!

  • ptait 2 Dec, 2008

    Beware that the spray can be a health hazard. Spray outside so not to brain damage any unborn child. The spray can travel in air ducts. Also turn your spray can up side down and spray when finished to clean the airway for next use. I have my students always spray in a cardboard box so not to get any floating spray else were.

  • snowbird56 2 Dec, 2008

    I'm having a hard time finding some of the materials. I think everyone in my city must be making this! There are no 6 mm knitting needles anywhere! I'm using bamboo skewers. But can someone help with "diamond dust?" Can't find anything by that name. Can I use very, very fine glitter?

  • phalward 1 Dec, 2008

    Approximately how many squares of each size?

  • Walescka Veronica 30 Nov, 2008

    What an awesome craft!!!..... I'm going to make about 10 of them for the my office to decorate.... I think I will use magazines and kabob skewers... thank you, thank you to all the ladies that made all those other suggestions to make them more cost efficient!!...

  • jpattyjack 29 Nov, 2008

    I just finished making mine. I added lots more glitter and just love it. I made my base out of foam and used a chopstick. I made the base a little taller so I can put a tree skirt under it and add little packages. Love it love it love it!!!!!!!!!!

  • Vinnygret 29 Nov, 2008

    I think that old Christmas cards could be included in the stack and recycled. Some are so pretty it's a shame to throw them away.

  • horne 28 Nov, 2008

    With all the junk mail and sale paper that I recieved daily. This project will be just the thing to use all of the paper for wonderful christmas decorations. Can't hardly wait to get started


  • Fourhorsemom 28 Nov, 2008

    With the way the economy is these are going to be great x-mas gifts, for the family. Ill need to make 10. I am excited now!

  • Racque 28 Nov, 2008

    Instead of folding, you can find the exact center by making a line corner to corner on each piece--the center of the X you make is the center of the paper. Marble spray would look great on these too. Marlyn

  • suebead 28 Nov, 2008

    What a great green idea for a christmas decoration! Can't wait to make one!

  • catbyte1 28 Nov, 2008

    Instead of using newspaper how about using old Christmas cards?

  • pisha 28 Nov, 2008

    Thanks Stoney...much easier.

  • stoney17 28 Nov, 2008

    If you click on the Print option, there is a picture and instructions for making the tree. Cute tree and easy to find materials! Diamond Dust is at most craft stores and even Walmart. Could use glitter but the Diamond dust is very sparkly.

  • renatica 28 Nov, 2008

    hello...I have a question. Can somebody tipe me what I need for the shimmering stacked tree becouse In n n n m not good in english and I can understand evrythink:)) thak you...

  • argante 28 Nov, 2008

    Hi haleighanna!
    You don't need bone folder. You just need to fold your rectangle (with fingers or so) on half so you can find middle of it. This helps you to make more centered tree.

  • argante 28 Nov, 2008

    Hi haleighanna!
    You don't need bone folder. You just need to fold your rectangle (with fingers or so) on half so you can find middle of it. This helps you to make more centered tree.

  • haleighanna 13 Nov, 2008

    I am exceptionally disappointed in these instructions. I don't understand number 7 as it relates to the bone folder. So I went to watch the video that would not play.

  • Carrigan87 24 Oct, 2008

    I love this craft because it is so easy. Heres a cheap trick to get a great look for less. I used magazines and just cut out the different sizes of sqaures also I used and wooden spike about 10 inches and some styrofoam for the base. i work for a PSR program and I am always looking for cheap crafts. So this craft is a must for this cristmas.

  • Michelle1020 16 Feb, 2008

    I made these in various sizes for my coffee table and guests took them home as a party saver what a wonderful hit they were...Thanks Martha

  • sewbonnie 18 Dec, 2007

    Thank you for instructions on how and why to fold the paper. I have dial up and it takes forever to load a video

  • Mrs_MMB 16 Dec, 2007

    I made this tree much smaller and used it as an ornament to give as a gift. I saw a few people asking about making this smaller so here's what I did... I started with 3 inch squares and only used 25 instead of 50 papers. I went down in increments of 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch. So, I used 25 of each: 3 inches, 2 3/4 inches, 2 1/2 inches, etc... it worked well and wasn't too heavy. I used air dry clay for the base because it was light and just let it dry with one of my BBQ skewers in it.

  • sillytime 14 Dec, 2007

    I loved the show making this tree.....but the smaller trees what are the different dimensions for the squares?

  • mysterykeeper 12 Dec, 2007

    Go to 'Televison

  • mysterykeeper 12 Dec, 2007

    Hey all,

    If you go under 'Television

  • 28cmb 10 Dec, 2007

    I love this Tree. It is really neat looking. I cut all my squares todday!

  • ibu 10 Dec, 2007

    likke one of the other viewers Martha's show was pre-empted and did not get to see the show withe Caroline Kennedy, and also Martha making the tree. Would love to see a picture or even a video of it.

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  • zrock 10 Dec, 2007

    I didn't see the program but heard about it on another website--I would like to see a picture

  • Robin_B 8 Dec, 2007

    This sounds interesting, but I need to see a photo please! Friday's show was pre-empted on my local channel so I didn't get to see it!

  • FrannyAZ 8 Dec, 2007

    P.S....Using a wooden Ka-Bob skewer is much easier and more cost efficient. I used one to make a smaller tree, cutting off 4" on the bottom. I started with 4 1/2" sq's. Plus, if you have to much of it left after finishing with the 1 inch sq's you can cut off the excest.

  • FrannyAZ 8 Dec, 2007

    These instructions are weak at best. Pictures would be great. Other sizes and styles were shown too...where are those? And why might I ask are you showing products like the Dresden star availible via internet??? How bout sticking to products like Martha's that are availible at Michael's??? Amazing !

  • mslurz 8 Dec, 2007

    I would like to make small trees and am wondering what to use instead of the size ten needle and what size paper would you start with in ratio to the size of the smaller needle. What could you use instead of a needle? A large nail??

  • luvmy3kidsky77 8 Dec, 2007

    yes, a picture would be great! or a video. my daughter was in school

  • laurahoj 7 Dec, 2007

    If making this out of felt, do you still need 50 of each size? I would think this would make an extremely tall tree since felt is much thicker than the newspaper.

  • toni48 7 Dec, 2007

    I missed all of the segment except the very end! I truly wish a video will be produced to allow me to see how this was constructed!

  • craftygirl24 7 Dec, 2007

    I absolutely LOVED this idea, I will be going out this weekend to get what I need to make these incredible trees! I will also be making a few for gifts this year too! Thanks Martha!

  • Kevmavy 7 Dec, 2007

    Is there a pictue of this Tree, I missed the show.

  • mapas 7 Dec, 2007

    I saw some of Martha making tree, did not see the folding of the paper. I wish this was on video. Could you please put it on video???? Really neat idea would like to know how to make it. Thanks
    In Maine

  • leisademostene 7 Dec, 2007

    this made my comments look crazy- if interested email leisa_demostene at excite with newspaper tree as subject

  • leisademostene 7 Dec, 2007

    I think this could be adapted to make easy

  • leisademostene 7 Dec, 2007

    (dot of glue to secure it) to the nail when In n n n n n m about n n n n of the way done with stacking the paper. I would then continue stacking the paper- this way the ornament should be bottom heavy and therefore hang well.
    For the topper- do as Martha did or find something else to glue on top- the dollar store is loaded with all kinds of inexpensive goodies (donn n n n n n t forget you can buy a strand or complex ornament and then break it down into parts)

  • leisademostene 7 Dec, 2007

    In n n n n n m thinking you could find a plastic star garland

  • sassyraggs56 7 Dec, 2007

    I really enjoyed the show today, the christmas trees were great. I do think however you should also included a picture of the finished product

  • momofour 7 Dec, 2007

    I'd use heavy gauge wire instead of clay and needle for an ornament. Curl the bottom or use a small jingle bell @the base. Curl the wire to make a hanger at the top. (As for step 5-think 6" square, 5 1/2" square, 5" square, and so on...saying 6 by 6 is what makes it a square...)

  • emilygirl 7 Dec, 2007

    To make an ornament: Instead of using a heavy knitting needle, glue a round piece of card stock on the flat end of a kabob stick, then at the opposite end, drill a little [filtered word] to later attach a ribbon. Instead of using clay as a base you can use a square piece of foam board. Insert the kabob stick through the center of the board and then cover the base with a scrap of fabric. Build the tree and tie a ribbon through the [filtered word] at the top. Put the knot of the ribbon next to the [filtered word] and then cover it with a Dresden and like nothing youn n n n n n ll have a beautiful, lightweight ornament your daughter and her friends will definitely enjoy.

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  • luvmy3kidsky77 7 Dec, 2007

    does anyone know how to make them into hanging ornaments (like the one shown towards the end of the segment)? having a clay base would be too heavy, right? my daughter wants to make it for her ornament exchange at school next week, so please respond with any help you might have to offer! thx!

  • luvmy3kidsky77 7 Dec, 2007

    i would think they meant crepe paper, that would be pretty i think...also, all of the pieces are to be perfect squares, so i would say #5 is in error.

  • Turner 7 Dec, 2007

    Isn't "cray" paper spelled crepe paper? Or is this something else I don't know about? I am making a whole forest of these!! We love them.

  • tattingdoll 7 Dec, 2007

    In the instructions, I think there is an error. #5 has the sizes of the paper. The last one says 1 1/2 by 1/2. Shouldn't that be 1 1/2 by 1 1/2?

  • Mickey24 7 Dec, 2007

    What kind of clay do use?

  • PreciousIittleOnes 7 Dec, 2007

    love your Martha looking forward to learn more about your craft thanks

  • PreciousIittleOnes 7 Dec, 2007

    love your Martha looking forward to learn more about your craft thanks

  • PreciousIittleOnes 7 Dec, 2007

    love your Martha looking forward to learn more about your craft thanks

  • PreciousIittleOnes 7 Dec, 2007

    love your Martha looking forward to learn more about your craft thanks

  • PreciousIittleOnes 7 Dec, 2007

    love your Martha looking forward to learn more about your craft thanks

  • PreciousIittleOnes 7 Dec, 2007

    love your Martha looking forward to learn more about your craft thanks

  • SndiGrl 7 Dec, 2007

    I saw the show this morning and wanted to help clear up some of the confusion. You don't really need templates as the newspaper is to be cut into simple squares in the sizes mentioned in the directions. Also to help understand the folding. You fold the square in half and then in half again. It is only to be used to find the exact center of the square so when you go to put the paper onto the stand you're putting them on straight and evenly. Hope this helps everyone

  • JenniferSears 7 Dec, 2007

    I believe the folding is just folding the paper in half and then half again, the reason is to find the middle to poke through.

  • JenniferSears 7 Dec, 2007

    Can anyone recommend a different product other than the diamond dust? Would sparkles work?

  • smlittler 7 Dec, 2007

    Needs PHOTOS!!! Photos are lacking on many of your craft items.

  • smlittler 7 Dec, 2007

    Needs PHOTOS!!! Photos are lacking on many of your craft items.

  • MOMNANAJUDY 7 Dec, 2007

    Please provide pictures if available of the foldiing part. I missed it on the show today. Also why do you fold and unfold .. Are there templates available as well?? Thanks

  • tikiindigo 7 Dec, 2007

    It would be greatly appreciated it I could get photos, templates and folding instructions, if available. Merry Christmas. Thank you.

  • CarolynSchaub 7 Dec, 2007

    How do you fold the paper? PIctures of project as it progresses would be very helpful.

  • bnet1014 7 Dec, 2007

    Instead of glitter on the base, I placed a large doily beneath the cardstock supports, as a tree skirt. I made 3 trees, 2 small and 1 larger. I used the trees as a centerpiece with small tealights spread around them and then used the same doilies under my glass plates on the table. The entire table was very beautiful.

  • iridescentlight 7 Dec, 2007

    Yes, please add a photo!

  • trumpetmom 7 Dec, 2007

    A picture would be wonderful to see what this looks like. Can you add one?