DIY Yourself a Colorful Paper Wall Holiday Tree

diy colorful paper wall tree
Photo: By Anjelika Temple for Brit + Co.
Get ready for the holiday season and DIY a colorful paper wall tree in a few simple steps.

It's almost tree time! And while we're not busting out the holiday decor just yet, we are pinning like crazy to gather inspiration for this year's holiday season. One thing we like to revisit each year is all the different ways you can decorate for the holidays, even if you live in a small apartment or studio. Enter: The Wall Tree! It's a project we recreate year in and year out, and this year's first holiday tree hack is easier,quicker and more colorful than ever.

diy colorful paper wall tree

What You'll Need:

  • Cardstock in various colors (8 1/2 x 11 inch)
  • String lights for decor
  • Painter's tape
  • Paper cutter

cutting cardstock

Choose cardstock colors!

cutting cardstock

Then, the key is creating a guide (made out of tape) on your paper cutter to make sure you cut perfect triangles every time. Tip: For 8 1/2 x 11-inch cardstock, the first thing to do is mark the 5 1/2-inch point and cut your paper in half.

cutting cardstock

Fold that paper in half lengthwise to mark the center point. You can also simply measure 2 1/4 inches in from the end. Slide the paper under your paper cutter guide. Line up the center point you've just marked with the top right corner of your cardstock.

cutting cardstock

Use painter's tape to create a corner guide on the paper cutter, so you don't have to fold in half or measure for all the rest of your triangles. Voila!

cutting cardstock

Then you simply line up the bottom corner with the top left one and cut again.

cutting cardstock

And just like that, a perfect isosceles triangle is born.

colorful triangle cardstock

Put on a playlist or podcast, and cut tons of triangles!

building a paper wall tree

Then lay them out to figure out your design. We decided to go with the ultra-layered look.

building a paper wall tree

Place a piece of tape on the back of each triangle.

building a paper wall tree

Attach to the wall. And repeat. And repeat, repeat, repeat!

building a paper wall tree

Keep layering.

building a paper wall tree

Make sure everything is lined up just how you like it.

building a paper wall tree

And you're almost done. Now, we just need a string of lights! We used a strand of snowflake string lights to trim our tree. A snow-covered tree, even in sunny locales!

All images courtesy of Brit + Co.

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