DIY Printed Paper Pine Tree - Anthropologie Inspired

Happy Monday friends!  I have an awesome tutorial to share with you, but first I wanted to wish my amazing fiance the best birthday ever today!!!  Also, we finally bought a new car!  It was fate I tell you!  I'd been looking for a Jeep this entire time, but every time I'd come across one that I loved, all I would hear was "It's JUST been sold".  I swear I kept missing these things by mere hours.  I was getting pretty fed up and about to just choose a car that I wasn't too keen on, until Dustin mentioned that a new Jeep had just come in as a trade-in.... but when he checked into it he was told it had already been sold!  Not again!  He just so happened to ask about it the next day and was told that it in fact wasn't sold and that the person who told him that was thinking of a different one. Bingo! We drove over there, and after a short test drive I claimed it as mine. I get it Wednesday-ish after they clean it all up. Best part... Dustin gets the sale since I bought it from him at his new job :)


During my daily internet browsing, I came across this super cute paper tree over at Anthropologie. The $48 price tag turned my stomach a little bit, and I immediately thought "Hey, I could make that!". So I did. And now I'm going to share it with you!  This is a super easy project, it just takes some time to do... but when it's finished you'll be taken aback by how charming this Christmas decor piece is! Here's how it turned out!

You will need:
Small wood garden stake
Piece of scrap wood for base
Music book or similar printed paper
Scalloped scissors or paper cutter
Cardboard (an old box will do)
Hole punch
Tree topper ball

Start by attaching your garden stake to a piece of flat scrap wood for the base.  All I did was stick a nail through the bottom of the scrap board and hammered the garden stake onto it. You could also use a  glue gun.

Grab an old music book and start cutting! I used the scalloped edge option on my handy little paper cutter.  I started with squares about 8" in size, and just kept making them smaller as I went along.  You will need a whole bunch of these! I made about 10-20 squares of each size.

Next, cut some small 1" cardboard squares.  These will be the spacers for your paper tree.  You will need a whole bunch of them!  Hole punch them all so they can slide easily down the stake. The hole doesn't have to be perfectly centered.

Now all you have to do is start stacking your paper pieces (starting with the largest to the smallest) and placing spacers in between each sheet. I placed TWO cardboard spacers between each sheet of paper because it looked better. I used the tip of a pencil to punch a hole in the center of each paper piece before sticking it on the stake.

Just keep stacking! Keep your papers rotated randomly for that cone effect!

When you reach the top, all you will need to do is stick an ornament on the top! I used a tiny ball ornament and glue guned it upside down onto my stake!

That's all there is to it!  Easy project!!  The most tedious part is cutting all of the paper, but the end result is worth it!

Oh, and that wreath? It's just a little something I threw together using the awesome Debbie Travis decorations ;)

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  1. Love your version. Definitely going to try this!

  2. This is so cool! Thank you for posting, I've been looking for unconventional ways to decorate for the holidays this year!


  3. I like yours WAY better than Anthro's!!


  4. ADORABLE!!!!!

    I want to make one...if I ever get some time! hopefully before Christmas is over I will have one! LOL

  5. gorgeous! wow...that must have taken some careful thought and work...it shows! great DIY job & tute!

  6. Wow, what a beautiful DIY! I would never have thought this up, the result is amazing! Thanks for sharing :)

  7. This is so cute, you're so creative! And I love the wreath too!! xox

  8. This is amazing! I love it and am totally making one :).

  9. this is so fabulous girl! and seems simple enough. DEFINITELY trying this!
    xo TJ

  10. so cute! i love this idea.


  11. How gorgeous!


  12. Great tutorial. I'm thinking I need to make a couple of these to add to my Christmas mantle. :)

  13. This is so cute! Your version is so much better anyway.

  14. What a fantastic idea!! I love re-creating the expensive simple ornaments stores sell. Nice work, chica!

  15. this is amazing!! I love that you just tackled it head on, with all the cardboard spacers and garden stake and stuff. how creative - thanks for sharing!

  16. i love this! this is so cute! oh my goodness!

    love, rach.

  17. o wow...very very cute!!


  18. What a neat Idea love it...I may try this! thanks for sharing :)

  19. looks like a lot of fun!! and its pretty cool...I love it.

  20. I will definitely be doing this! Thanks so much for sharing! :)

  21. whoa. i LOVE this. it's spectacular. i'm definitely in the christmas create mood and this is PERFECT. thanks so much for this tutorial!

  22. thats so pretty! love your version!

  23. I LOVE this! I would love if you would share this at the Crazy Cute link party happening at Between U & Me right now! I've got a totally awesome giveaway this week, too!
    OOH! AND, I'm your newest follower! ;)

  24. Très joli ces sapins de noel, c est une riche idée!

    Bonne journée

  25. This is just gorgeous!

    We would love for you to share this at our Home for the Holidays link party!


  26. This is beautiful, thanks for sharing the tute. It looks exactly like the inspiration pic!

  27. I realy hope that I can find some time and try to make one of these. Hop over on Monday and share it with all of us at my weekly NIFTY THRIFTY TUESDAY PARTY...hope to see ya there:)


  28. Saw the Anthro version last weekend and have since been gathering supplies to make it. Luckily I thought to search for a tutorial. Your tree looks awesome! Thanks for the tips!

  29. Nice! I like your version better :)

  30. This is soooo pretty! Totally {LOVING} the look! Thank you for sharing your tutorial :)

    Featuring it today: http://polkadotbungalow.blogspot.com/2011/11/marvelous-mondayno-11-and-rustic-poppy.html

    Please feel free to come over and check it out! Have a lovely Thanksgiving!

    {HUGS} ~ Steph

  31. This is AWESOME! I featured you today, come check it out!

  32. I love your tree. I featured it on my Friday night features this weekend.

  33. Hi! Your trees are wonderful! I love to make decorations with book-pages and paper! x Teje

  34. I made one of these for The Studio with a long piece of scrap craft paper and splattered/rolled light green and gold paint before cutting out the squares. I topped the tree with a washer and a silver bell hot glued in place. It probably took me an hour from start to finish but if you worked systematically you could make multiple trees at once. I know it will get lots of compliments. Thanks for the tutorial!

  35. I think this will be a project for the January blues!!! ty Dianntha

  36. Love your version of these trees! I made these too, after seeing them in Anthro and almost dying from seeing the price. Great minds ;) I love your blog, FYI!

  37. Did you see the Steven and Chris did this on their show as well?


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