You'd never guess this stunning DIY Christmas decoration was made with plain white paper. Deck your mantel with this darling little tree display and make the holidays extra merry and bright. 

By Alice and Lois
November 13, 2018
paper candle toppers holiday trees

You don't need fancy tools or supplies to create a pretty Christmas craft. Make your own candle toppers and set them out to glow all Christmas season long. This easy Christmas craft is so simple, you'll be able to whip it up in no time. All you need is cardstock, small battery-powered votive candles, and a hole punch.

  • Working time 30 mins
  • Start to finish 30 mins
  • Difficulty Easy

What you need


How to do it

Part 1

paper crafts supplies hole punch sissors
scissors used to cut paper to create cone
Step 1

Trace, Cut, Glue

Small-space Christmas decor doesn't have to be short on style. Create a whimsical display on your dining room table or on a hall console table. Creating these candle toppers is simple and once you've mastered the how-to, try making variations with colored card stock and fun patterns. Exchange a circle hole punch for a star shape, Christmas tree shape, box shape, or any shape you choose! To start, cut a circle from your cardstock. Use a bowl just slightly smaller than the paper's width to trace a circle. Cut out the circle, and then cut the circle halfway to the middle. 

hole puncher used on paper cones
Step 2

Cone and Punch

Wrap the paper around into a cone shape. Secure with glue — we prefer hot glue, but craft glue could work as well. Allow glue to set. Then, punch holes into the paper cone using a hole punch of choice. You can use different sizes and shapes for each cone, or mix and match on one tree.

paper toppers placed over top LED candles
tealight candle paper toppers finished
Step 3

Glow and Show

Place the cone over a battery powered candle votive to create the look of a snowy tree in winter. Display together on a mantle, shelf, or table. Finish the look with a forest of tiny DIY bottlebrush trees, faux snow, and berries. Display everything on a tray or low dish to contain the snow. Turn off the lights and admire your winter wonderland.

Related: Gorgeous DIY Holiday Mantel Ideas


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