Extreme Cards and Papercrafting: Sliceform Christmas Tree Tutorial

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Dec 14, 2008

Sliceform Christmas Tree Tutorial

sliceform christmas tree
My Christmas card for 2008 contains a sliceform pop up Christmas Tree similar to the three-slice tree available from Some Assembly Required. You can purchase their designs precut, as rubber stamps, as stencils, or as dies. Check out all the creative ideas on their Cool Projects page.
However, I wanted to cut the trees with my Craft Robo, and I couldn't see myself assembling 100 three-slicers, so I made my own two-slice tree. I had to simplify somewhere!
How to make the trees

Download template and print.
Go to Jan Fox Designs for a link to free cutting files. Please email me for cutting files.
You will need to draw your own tree branch details on the pattern sheet. I have provided you with a general outline and the position of the sliceform slots. Draw branches on one large tree and one small one, then duplicate on the other large and small tree outlines.
Cut out pieces. Cut slots. If you are planning to make a pop up card with the tree, score tabs on the small trees. (If you would like a free-standing tree model, cut off the tabs.)
I found it easier to assemble the tree starting with the smaller trees.

Lay out the smaller tree shapes. Notice you have two pieces with slots only at the top, and two with slots at both the top and bottom. I will refer to these as "top-slot" and "mixed-slot". Arrange them in this order: Tree #1 = top-slot with a tab (brown); Tree #2 = mixed-slot with a tab (beige); Tree #3 = top-slot without a tab (yellow); Tree #4 = mixed-slot without a tab (white). Before you start assembling you will want to fold the tabs up, out of the way.
Hold Tree #1 in your left hand.

Slide Tree #2 onto it. You will slide the right-most slot of Tree #1 and the left-most slot of Tree #2 together.

Now add Tree #3 by sliding it onto Tree #2. The left slot of Tree #3 slides onto the right slot of Tree #2.

Stand the three attached pieces upright (fold those tabs up if you didn't already), to form three sides of a box, and add Tree #4. It slides onto Piece #3 and Piece #1 to form an open box.

Now look at the two large tree pieces. The mixed-slot large piece is Tree #5 (green). With the model upright and open, slide in Tree #5 from the top. It attaches to the center slots of two smaller trees that are opposite each other. It can go onto either pair, it doesn't matter.

Slide the last piece (orange) on, at a right angle to Tree #5. This is the tricky one. Start by sliding together the center slots of the two large trees. As you get close to the tops of the smaller trees start working the side slots of the big tree onto the center slots of of the smaller trees.

Top view

The model can be flattened two ways, along either of the two diagonals of the square formed by the trunks. You need to collapse the model so that the tabs are on top of one another, not side by side.

Glue tree to card
Draw a gluing guideline on your card, at a 45° angle to the card fold. The tree is glued to the card in the same manner as the Gingerbread House (see detailed instructions).

Spread a small amount of glue on the tab of Tree #1. Glue tree to card, aligning the tab edges with the center of the card and the guideline you drew.
Spread a small amount of glue on the tab of Tree #2, as shown. Close card and weight it until the glue has had a chance to dry.

Open carefully!


Azlina Abdul said...

Awesome! Very nice....thank you for sharing the step by step procedure of making the Christmas tree. :)

Anonymous said...

Wow - thank you. I had been hoping that you would share the information on how to make this sliceform. Appreciate your generosity.

Amber (Heather's Cousin) said...

This so great. I love how you break it down and really make it understandable. Your photos are very nice and clear. Thank you!

kel said...

Whoa!! that is awesome!!!

Molly said...

Oh my goodness! We really need to get together! Thanks for finding me on my blog, btw! I need to compare Craft Robo notes with you.... here's a wiki I started for the robo: http://craftrobocutter.wetpaint.com/ and my own blog: http://mollyleecards.blogspot.com/ and my etsy site: http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5033209
Let's talk!!!!

Anonymous said...

thank you so much for the slice tree turorial. I cant wait to try it but I have one little problem. When I went to download the template it was beyond the margins and I can't seem to get an accurate drawing because not enough of thetop of the top trees or the bottom of the bottom trees is coming through. Can you tell me how to adjust this for printing? thank you . I love love love your work.


cpeep said...

Let me take a look and see if I can make the template better....a little later today.

Thanks for letting me know!


cpeep said...

Okay, I modified the template to fit on TWO pages (8.5 inches x 11 inches) instead of one 8.5 x 14 page. See if this works better and let me know, okay?

Anonymous said...

Hi Carol,

That one printed out perfectly. Thank you for taking the time to do it. I love what you do so much. I had an opportunity to take a beginning pop up class with Carol Barton. now I have the basics you take us to another level.Can't wait to make this one. I look forward to all of your posts.

cpeep said...

You are very welcome.

If you like, send along some pictures. I love to show off other people's stuff, too.

Cornerstone said...

You have the best tutorials! And how amazing is it that you made 100 of these!

cpeep said...

I could never have hand cut them. It took a long time to work out the cutting file, but the actual cutting on the Robo went pretty quickly.

Melody (lacyquilter) said...

Very cool. I can't imagine making 50 or 60 of these for Christmas cards.

twinklepig said...

We did die-cut 80 of the "Some Assembly Required" mini trees for our Christmas cards in 2005. Here is a link to photos: http://picasaweb.google.com/mason2152/2005MiniDieCutTree?authkey=Gv1sRgCKyIieHAmKC7dA&feat=directlink


GreenTease said...

Thanks for sahring some super ideas!!!

May said...

This is amazing! I would have to give it a try! I am curious is it possible to put some pop put presents all around it? and how would I go about doing that? Thank you for the wonderful tutorial!

cpeep said...

May, to add presents you have to think about where the PULL comes from--the center crease. You could place a present diagonally on the center fold (see Lesson 21: http://extremecards.blogspot.com/2008/11/pop-up-card-tutorial-lesson-21.html).

You could do a present centered on the crease: http://extremecards.blogspot.com/2009/10/pop-up-present-card.html.

Getting multiple presents is trickier. I think I would experiment with attaching secondary boxes to the large, center one, to see where they would work.

Another thought is to use a large, shallow, V fold in front of the tree. I think if you attach boxes to the front of that they would work. Again, I would have to try it and see.

Email me, we can chat more if you like.


May said...

Hey, I don't have outlook so I wouldn't be able to email you, but my email is angel4rmabove59@yahoo.com .. I would love to chat more about this!!

Nati said...

thank you for sharing such great ideas and creative!!
Nati (from Brazil)

Crayola58 said...

Carol,. you just are the most sharing gal evahhhh. You are right there with a reply when someone asks a question. Amazing, you!

cpeep said...

Some people would say that's because I don't have a life :0

Laura said...

Yo...cpeep! Merry Christmas! I made one of these for my daughter in NYC for her Christmas card - all white, very contemporary looking. I wanted to say thanks for the info, and to ask if it's ok to post the svg I made for it on my blog for free, with a link back to your site? Trying to drum up some blog traffic. If that's not cool, I understand.

Carol said...

Sure, Laura, that would be fine.

Carole said...

A friend made one of these for me as a Christmas card one year. I still have it.

As for myself, I love the "idea" of paper folding, but not the art itself. lol Even though I'm an artist, I simply have no patience for this type of work, and admire those who do. :-)

Meine Bastelwelt said...

Thank you so much for this fantastic tutorial!

cryna7 said...

Thank you for this awesome tutorial. Can you send to me the template for sliceforme Christmas tree! Thank you in advance!

elizabeth said...

Thank you very much for your tutorial

gknitter said...

Thank you for sharing this amazing file and instruction set. It was fun to make and turned out perfectly. You made me look good! Happy Holidays, -Kristine

krits said...

This is so so beautiful. I made this for a friend and she loved it and making this was so easy. Thank you so much.