Nicole™ Crafts Lighted & Papercrafted Wooden Tree

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by Robin Beam, A.C. Moore

Nicole™ Crafts Lighted & Papercrafted Wooden Tree

Follow some simple instructions and use some basic supplies to make the Nicole™ Crafts Lighted & Papercrafted Wooden Tree! And with all the supplies that are available at A.C. Moore, you'll want to make it the place you shop for all your Christmas decorating needs!

Project Details

  • Level:intermediate
  • Time:1-1/2 hours

Project Instructions

  • 1
    Paint sides of tree with Evergreen paint (the side is the approximate 1/2 inch width of the tree; not the front or back of the tree). It is okay if some of the paint goes onto front of the tree. Option: paint back of tree. Let dry.
  • 2
    Paint wooden tree base Evergreen. Let dry; using dry brush technique, add highlights of Hauser Light Green and let dry. Add coating of Mod Podge. Let dry and put aside; do not assemble tree until end of project.
  • 3
    Download and print out project templates. Carefully cut the trees out.
  • 4
    Decide what papers to use in paper pad; choose some that have a more complicated pattern and some more simple so as not to make the tree too overwhelmed with patterns.
  • 5
    Trace templates onto paper (make sure you have the template the right way on the paper)! Cut out.
  • 6
    Starting at top of tree, coat area of tree you are working on with Silver Glitter Mod Podge and back of paper. Press down and smooth out to remove air bubbles. Continue adding the pieces of paper, like a puzzle, to the tree.
  • 7
    With sandpaper pad, lightly sand edges of paper so it is flush to the edge of the wooden tree. This will help with better adhesion of paper to the wood surface so it will not separate.
  • 8
    Paint a layer of Mod Podge to surface of the tree, plus the sides. Let dry.
  • 9
    Once completely dry, use file to carefully poke holes for the lights (either from the back or hold tree up to a light source). From the front of the tree, use file to sand away excess paper. Note: working the file in a “down” motion against the holes will help to adhere the paper against the wood and not pull up.
  • 10
    Once all holes (35 of them!) are clear, paint another layer of Mod Podge, making sure to paint around the holes and not to glob Mod Podge into the holes (not a problem, though, when dry, you can just use the file to clear it out.
  • 11
    Once dry, add the various colors of Glitter Tape to tree where two papers meet (hides the seams!). Trim tape to the edge of the tree. In some cases a craft knife may be needed to trim the excess tape after it has been placed on the tree.
  • 12
    Using a sharp craft knife, trim any Glitter Tape that covers the light holes.
  • 13
    Assemble wooden base to tree.
  • 14
    Starting at the top of the tree, add lights; they just need to be able to be snug in the holes; the light itself doesn’t have to go clear through to the front of the tree. See photo for reference. Tuck cords behind the tree.
  • 15
    Enjoy! Make as a gift…also make trees for throughout the year using your favorite, seasonal scrapbook papers and cardstock!

Project Details

  • Level:intermediate
  • Time:1-1/2 hours

Project Supplies

  • Nicole™ Crafts Wood Christmas Tree with Holes 29-1/2 inch 104142634
  • Nicole™ Crafts Light Set 35 Clear Bulbs 104566987
  • Nicole™ Crafts Light Set 35 Multi-Color Bulbs 104566989
  • Plaid® Mod Podge® Waterbase Sealer
  • Glue and Finish 8 oz. Silver Glitter 104437354
  • DecoArt® Americana® Acrylic Paint 2 oz. Evergreen 104106686 (2)
  • DecoArt® Americana® Acrylic Paint 2 oz. Hauser Light Green 104106597 (2)
  • American Crafts™ Cardstock Pad 12 inch x 12 inch Peppermint 104745091 (or Your Favorite Christmas-themed Cardstock or Scrapbook Paper)
  • American Crafts™ Glitter Tape 3/8 inch Gold 104592504
  • American Crafts™ Glitter Tape 5/8 inch Cherry 104592439
  • American Crafts™ Glitter Tape 5/8 inch Silver 104592518
  • American Crafts™ Glitter Tape 7/8 inch Evergreen 104592566
  • X-ACTO® No. 1 Precision Knife with 5 #11 Blades 104135107
  • Fiskars® Self-Healing Craft Mat 12 inch x 18 inch 104678813
  • American Crafts™ Glitter Tape 7/8 inch Evergreen 104592566
  • X-ACTO® No. 1 Precision Knife with 5 #11 Blades 104135107
  • Fiskars® Self-Healing Craft Mat 12 inch x 18 inch 104678813
  • Demis® Eversand® Sanding Pad Fine & Medium 104143807
  • Metal File
  • Nicole™ Crafts School Brush Set 5 pc. 104120042
  • Phillips Head Screwdriver
  • Scissors
Download Project Template