Peace Tree Card

Peace Tree Card

25 Days of Paper 2015, Day 18
I designed this card several decades ago. I think it was for an assignment at the School of Visual Arts, where I took a few classes. I remember that my instructor was impressed!
My assistant made the denim paper this past summer. That’s right, you are holding 100% blue jean paper in your hands. Cool, huh? I had to fold it to fit it into your paper pack, but the fold aligns with that first fold between the P and the E.
You might want to make a mock-up before cutting the actual blue jeans paper. There are a few things that could go wrong… like accidentally cutting on a fold line.
For this project you will need:

  • This template
  • Blue denim paper
  • Ruler
  • Craft Knife
  • Bone folder
  • Cutting mat
  • Tape (to adhere template to paper)
  • Decorative items (optional)

Step 1: Tape Template: Rough cut the template and tape it on top of the paper, making sure that you line up that first fold to match the score line between the P and the E. Also make sure that the tree top isn’t sticking up over the edge of the paper (I almost chopped mine off)!
Step 2: Score: Cut along all of the solid lines.
Step 3: Score: Score along all of the dashed lines.
Step 4: Fold: Accordion fold your card!
Step 5: Trim the Tree: This is optional. I stitched snowflake/stars onto my tree, but you could also punch, stamp, draw, … you show me!
I’d love to see what you create! Share your ideas in the comments box below.
If you like paper projects, you’ll find 12 more in the 2019 Twelve Months of Paper How-To Book & Calendar.


  1. I have been trying to come up with a homemade card!! Thank you because this one is just right

  2. Volunteering at the nursing home today and I thought this would be simple enough for the residence to make. Thank you for the ideas.

  3. Chris Wachsmuth says:

    Hi Helen – a former paper weaving on-line course student here. can you tell us what is the size of the paper to make this template and card ? also do you have a recommendation for what kind of paper to use for this card project, aside from the denim paper : )
    thanks for sharing this
    chris w
    san francisco