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Office Supply Holiday Tree

File under "C" for clever




Office-supply stores have all the trimmings for a tree that belies its workaday origins. Key tags decorated with stickers, ornaments cut from file folders, and paper-clip chains dangle from the branches. A bubble-packaging tree skirt and presents dressed up in graph paper, stickers, and rubber bands circle the base.



  1. Step 1

    For tree, cut a half shape along crease of a file folder; unfold; punch a hole for a string.

  2. Step 2

    To create a star topper, cut a slit in each of two retail-sign sunbursts; interlock and secure with foil medallion stickers.

  3. Step 3

    Make a garland by linking paper clips.

  4. Step 4

    For pine cones, fold red sales tags in half; trim sides with scalloping scissors.

  5. Step 5

    Craft a bell out of tags by cutting into shape; add round stickers for the clapper (place two back to back).

  6. Step 6

    Use highlighters and stickers to decorate dangling key tags (punch an extra hole and link them).

  7. Step 7

    Join two tags with rectangular stickers to make an ornament resembling wrapped candy.

Martha Stewart Living, Fall 2005



Reviews (1)

  • Ana Dz 16 Dec, 2012

    I love all of these ideas! So much fun and so simple. I've been sharing another take on Kid's Christmas Trees here:
    More of an activity but loads of fun like all your wonderful ideas here!
    Thanks for the inspiration.