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Use the Cricut Knife Blade to make this sturdy 3D Chipboard Tree for fun decor! This post contains affiliate links which, when purchased through, add no cost to the consumer but help support this site with a small commission in order to bring more Cricut related tips and tutorials.
As kids, I specifically remember this small holiday tree that my mom had. When most people say “holiday tree,” we automatically think of Christmas. But this tabletop tree was white and had interchangeable decorations for a wide range of holidays. There were Easter eggs and spring flowers, pumpkins, and Christmas related items. Before each holiday, my mom would give me the task of changing the hanging decorations. It was probably one of my favorite childhood “jobs!”
I’m not sure whatever happened to that little tree, but I think of it every now and again (especially in the spring). After completing several projects with the Cricut Maker and the Heavy Chipboard, I decided to make my own replica of my childhood holiday tree.
Cricut Heavy Chipboard has quickly become one of my favorite crafting materials with the Cricut Maker. I am a fan of sturdy crafting projects, and the heavy chipboard allows for durable DIY that is perfect for re-usable home decor projects. You may remember the Letter Ornaments from Christmas, a popular project for holiday gifting. Cricut Maker with its Adaptive Tool System is what makes heavy chipboard projects possible. The Cricut Knife Blade is one of the tools within the Cricut Adaptive Tool System. With the Knife Blade, a favorite accessory of mine, the increase in cutting pressure opens up a world of material cutting possibilities. Last week, I shared all the tips and tricks to properly and efficiently use the Knife Blade. Be sure to check those out before diving into today’s project.
3D Chipboard Tree Supplies:
For 3D tree:
- Cricut Maker
- Cricut Knife Blade with Knife Blade Housing
- Cricut StrongGrip Cutting Mat
- Cricut Heavy Chipboard
- Painter’s tape or masking tape
- Hot glue gun and hot glue gun stick
- Cricut Maker
- Cricut Fine Point Blade
- Cricut LightGrip Cutting Mat
- Cricut card stock
- Twine or yarn
Log into Cricut Design Space. You can use my already designed Cricut Design Space projects for this if you wish. Find the 3D tree here here.
To make the 3D Chipboard Tree:
Place the Heavy Chipboard on the StrongGrip Cutting Mat. Use the painter’s tape or masking tape to secure the edges of the chipboard to the mat.
Be sure to move the star wheels on the Cricut Maker all the way to the right before inserting the mat into the machine, as discussed at the bottom of Using the Cricut Knife Blade.
Cut the 3D tree as prompted by Cricut Design Space. Make sure that the Knife Blade is in Clamp B. Cutting thick materials like the heavy chipboard can take much more time that standard card stock. Allow up to 30 minutes per tree cut for this project.
Using the openings in the tree trunk, insert one into the other. Due to the thinness of the middle of the trunk, the chipboard may begin to bend a bit. For this reason, I recommend using a hot glue gun to secure the tree together.
To make the Chipboard Tree Ornaments:
Adhere a piece of card stock to the LightGrip Cutting Mat. The Fine Point cutting blade should be in the Cricut Maker. Insert the cutting mat into the machine. Send the decoration images to the machine.
Continue switching out card stock for each group of images.
Use twine or yarn to create hangers.
Decorate the 3D tree.
The decorations that I have pictured are suggestions. What other creative decoration ideas can you come up with for this super cute Cricut chipboard craft?
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Karen Mathis says
I can’t believe how stinkin cute this is. The ornaments too ..♥️
Mary K Hunnicutt says
I love this idea!!! I have an easter tree that has eggs, but I like the idea of switching it out for different holidays!
Oh wow that is pretty cool. You cut that out yourself. Turned out very pretty
Alli Smith says
I didn’t realize you could do something 3D and this cute with the Cricut. This is the cutest tree I’ve ever seen. It’s amazing.
Amber Myers says
This is so pretty! It would make a fantastic decoration. I need to make one of these!
Pam Wattenbarger says
This is so cute. I love all the things that you can do with your cricut. I have been thinking about getting one.
Kita Bryant says
This looks so neat. My daughter and I could do lots of things together with this. Things have come such a long way with technology
MELANIE EDJOURIAN says
I love this. It’s such a lovely idea and a great arts and crafts project. I’ve not made anything like this for ages.
Ruth I says
It’s amazing how it’s possible to make this craft this easy and perfect nowadays. I’ve been wanting to own a Cricut since forever.
Chubskulit Rose says
Wow, this is beautiful! Perfect for making your own family tree. I wish I have a cricut machine.
I love all the things that can be made with this machine. I would have never thought to make this tree. It’s such a cool idea.
I just love everything about that tree, the color, the ornaments, etc. So pretty! Great job on that one.
Dennis Littley says
This looks like a fun and simple project, thanks to the Cricut! This tree is a great decoration that can be changed depending on the nearest holiday.
I had no idea that the cricut could cut wood! This is the first time I’ve heard anything like this.
Jona Shares says
Wow, I would love to have something like this too. I love how things are being easily done now. I have to check this circut thing. Definitely a great one to have in making crafts.