Free SVG! šŸŽ„ Make a Whimsical Papercraft Christmas Tree

Make a Whimsical Papercraft Christmas Tree

Make a whimsical Cricut Christmas craft with this pretty decorated papercraft Christmas tree in the forest.

Free layered Christmas Tree SVG included!

This is the third post in my Christmas in July event for 2022! Throughout July I’m sharing some of my favourite Christmas crafts from previous years on my Facebook page and in my email newsletter, as well as releasing lots of new free Christmas SVGs too!

Free Christmas Tree SVG

Layered papercraft Christmas tree materials

Here is a list of the materials that I used to make this project.

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Video tutorial for layered Christmas Tree SVG

Watch the video below to see how to make this whimsical Christmas Tree craft. Keep scrolling for a written tutorial.

Layered Christmas SVG assembly instructions

Here’s how to make your very own DIY Christmas tree papercraft using a Cricut machine!

Step 1) Download the free file & unzip the downloaded folder

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Before you upload the SVG to Design Space, you need to unzip the download folder that it comes in.

Step 2) Upload the SVG file into Design Space

Open up Cricut Design Space and upload the file called SVG_Christmas_Tree_CraftWithSarah.svg

Make sure you upload the file which starts SVG_ in the filename!!

This is how it should look after you have uploaded the file:

Upload Christmas tree SVG

After uploading, the design will show in your “Recently Uploaded Images”. Click on it and then press “Add to Canvas” to put it onto your Project.

Add to Canvas

Click the design on your canvas and use the width/height boxes near the top of the screen to make it the size that you want to cut it.

I made mine 7 inches wide. I don’t recommend going smaller than about 4 inches in width as the yellow circles will get very tiny and hard to stick.

However, if you used gemstones, sequins or Nuvo drops for the yellow spots instead of cardstock then you could make it smaller.

Resize the design

If you don’t want to cut the background layers then you can hide them and just cut the Christmas tree.

Look down the list of layers on the right side of the screen and click the “eye” icon next to the bottom background layers to hide them.

Hiding the forest layers

Step 3) Cut the Christmas tree SVG design

When you’re happy with how the tree is looking in Design Space, click “Make It” and follow the instructions on-screen to cut out all the layers.

You can drag-and-drop the pieces on the mat previews to move them around.

Design Space cut screen

Step 4) Stick the layered Christmas forest together

Use 3D foam pads and glue to stick the layers together.

Use this guide to see the order to stick the layers together in. A high quality printable version of this assembly guide is included in the folder when you download the cut file.

Christmas tree assembly guide

My favourite glue to use on papercraft projects is Collall All Purpose Glue.

It’s SO good because it doesn’t “warp” or bend the cardstock like some glues do. You can use as much of it as you want and the card stays perfect – and it dries perfectly clear too!

To make it even easier to apply glue to layered card projects, I highly recommend getting some of these needle tip applicator bottles to put the glue into.

The nozzles are REALLY tiny which makes them perfect for putting glue in the pieces of cardstock that make up this design.

Collall glue

The foam pads that I use are from “Dot & Dab”, but any foam squares will work. If yours are big then you may need to cut them smaller with scissors to fit inside the edges of the layers.

When adding the foam pads to the relevant layers, make sure you add some in the middle of the pieces of card so it give stability to the middles. If you don’t add any foam pads in the middles then it can “sag” under the weight of the other layers which doesn’t look as good.

Foam squares

Christmas tree forest layered SVG

After sticking all the pieces of card together, you’ll have a wonderful layered winter themed project all ready to be framed.

You could also put it on a greetings card or even stick it straight to the wall with some blu-tack or prop it up on a shelf.

Craft with Sarah SVGs

The below video has some tips on how to frame your craft project, including my Number One hack for making sure that your design will fit perfectly every time without wasting any of your craft materials.

I hope that you enjoy this free layered Christmas tree SVG!

Happy crafting,
Sarah x