An olive tree is a great way to bring some beautiful greenery into your home. However, depending on the size of the olive tree, they can cost anywhere from $50 to $300 or more. So today we’re going to show you how to save some money by creating your own paper olive tree. It will look just as gorgeous as the real thing and it requires zero maintenance!
You can use our DIY template and tutorial below to make your tree the same size as ours. Or you can add more branches and leaves if you want a fuller tree.
Create a Peaceful Space
Olive trees have such a light and airy look to them. Since the branches are a symbol of peace, you can use this paper olive tree to make your home look more inviting or to create a relaxing, peaceful space. Some common spots for them are entryways, living room corners, right next to your sofa, and on any table. Because they are such a popular home decor item, they also make a great gift!
For this DIY project, our designer Meagan used a real branch and cut the leaves out of text weight paper using two shades of green. This gives it a more realistic look and will also add some nice depth and dimension.
Just like our crepe paper olive branches, this paper olive tree is very easy to make. The leaf design is simple to cut by hand, but you may want to use a cutting machine if you have access to one since there are quite a lot of leaves to cut. For reference, we have 60 leaves on our paper olive tree.
Once you’re ready to craft, just download our DIY template and tutorial below. And if you have any questions, just ask! ~ Lia and team
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- PaperPapers — Basis Olive
- Paper Source — Sage
- Blick Studio Markers — Olive (070)
- Blick Studio Acrylic — Raw Umber
- Floral Bind Wire
- Tacky Glue or Art Glitter Glue
- Small Cotton Spun Eggs — 20mm
- Tree Branch
How to Make a Paper Olive Tree
- Gather your craft tools and materials. Then download the template below.
- Cut paper according to the template notes, using scissors or a cutting machine.
- Glue one light green leaf to a dark green leaf; keep doing this until you’ve made about 60 leaves.
- Cut 2-inch lengths of wire; then color them with a green marker.
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Like this project? Another popular tree you can use as home decor is our crepe paper fiddle leaf fig tree. Or, browse all of our paper plants to see what else you can make!
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I started cutting out leaves for the paper Olive Tree today and the score line is actually a cut line. I can work around it but you might have someone check the file, just FYI.
You need to select the line to score and change it from cut to score in design space. Then select the line and the leaf and attach 🙂 Check out our video on cutting SVG files with your cricut, this may answer many of your questions! https://liagriffith.com/how-to-use-svg-files-for-cricut/