DIY: Simple Trees for Your Chipboard Forest

Even before I was done building little chipboard houses I knew they would need a little setting to live in. I wanted to come up with a simple and flexible tree template that I could make a whole forest out of. Inspired by my old paper bird project, I used strips of chipboard to build these trees.



  • Scrap chipboard: from the backs of notepads or boxes. My pieces were 8.5×11″
  • You favorite paper glue
  • Clothespins or clips
  • Craft knife
  • Scoring Tool: a bone folder or dull knife work great

I began by making two score lines along the long side of the board, at .5″ and at 2.5″.

Then I cut two pieces, 1″ wide, off the other side for the trunk of my tree. The remaining piece of chipboard had my score marks on it, and I trimmed it into 1″ pieces (each piece has the same score marks).

I applied glue to the trunk pieces, and clipped them together to dry.

While the trunk glue was drying, I folded each of my small pieces along the score marks, forming an L.

Piece by piece, I applied glue to the .5″ flap and the top of the L…

then clipped them to the trunk. In this picture you can see that I folded the two pieces of the trunk away from each other at the base; this will allow the trees to sit by themselves.

I continued to add tree pieces until I liked what I saw (typically between 2 and 4 tiers), holding each piece with a couple of clips.

When I was happy, let the glue sit overnight, held by the clips. (Happy little trees, as the man said.)

On some I trimmed the top a bit, some I left tall. I love the way the variety turned out. These would be great with snowy glitter added, or paint. I’m just happy to have a forest for my little chipboard houses.

Trees for the little paper world.


Yes, I know I sound crazy. Now go make something!



  1. says

    This post is very helpful for any beginner who wants to build this project. All things are very clear because its give us steps by steps guides. All pictures are really beautiful and help anyone to make this project successfully. Thanks a lot for this.