How to Make Easy Make-up Pad 3D Christmas Tree decorations | CHEAP DIY

make-up pads diy 3d christmas tree decoratons

Who loves creating beautiful things out of next to nothing? Then this Christmas Tree decoration tutorial is for you! 

This easy & cheap DIY is great for all ages and a fun project for a lazy Sunday afternoon with the family or a budget-friendly classroom project for teachers and students. 

I know what you are thinking. No way can you make cheap Cotton Make-up Pads look lux, expensive and tree worthy. Well, keep reading...

This tutorial is Part 1 of a mini-series of DIY Make-up pad decorations.


Below I will show you how to make these beautiful 3D Christmas Tree decorations that you can personalise easily by adding sequins, ribbon, lace and glitter to create any Holiday style that will suit your own home decor or Christmas colour theme.

Christmas Tree Ornaments Decorations Tutorial Details
  • Beginners
  • Under $1
  • 10 mins 
DIY Project Supplies
  • A packet of 99cent Make-up pads (80 packs)
  • Cotton buds (cotton tips)
  • Craft glue or glue gun
  • Cotton or string 
  • Embellishments of your choice. I used gems & sequins.
You can purchase Cotton Make-up pads in a few different sizes and in bulk packs. I would recommend buying the large size for children or students in primary-age classrooms as this Christmas craft project can be a little fiddly when using the smaller pads if adding embellishments. Older Children and Adults can use any size with a great outcome.

I paid 99c for a packet of 200 of the small size pads and 99c for the large size pads of 80 pieces. Buy the store's home brand. The sequin trim I used was $2 for 4 metres. 


Part 1 - Mini 3D Christmas Trees

  • Cut a pie shape triangle out of 3 cotton makeup pads
You need 3 Make-up Pads per 3D tree. With a 99c 100 pack of pads, you can make approx 33 ornaments.
  • Decorate your Cotton Make-up Pads or leave them blank for a fresh white look. I used a silver sequin trim around the edge for a lux glamour look to match my tree.
If you want the 3d tree to be larger at the bottom and smaller at the top, you can cut around your Make-up Pads to be different sizes or just use large & small pre-made sizes like I did.
  • Glue one Cotton pad to your Cotton bud, a third of the way from the bottom. Wrap the Make-up pad around the bud creating a cone shape facing downwards. Place glue underneath the cotton pad and along your cut outline.
  • Hold in place until the glue sets, which will ensure the cones sit correctly and straight.
  • Repeat again, moving up the cotton bud. Ensure the top cone will sit under your bud and evenly space out the middle cone.
  • Cut a piece of string long enough to loop over and tie around the ornament. 
  • Tie the string around the top making a knot. Glue in place.
  • Leave to dry completely
  • Decorate the top point of the cotton bud where a star or angle would normally go on your tree. I used a stick-on flat back gem for the top star, only because I couldn't find any star gems in my craft stash so circle gem it is. I'm cheap like that haha
Use an embellishment large enough to hide the cotton bud and string
  • Hang these on your Christmas Tree, use for a mini bunting or tie to gift hampers for that personal touch.
Christmas Tree Shape DIY Ornament made from cheap Make-up pads
Enjoy making your own versions of these 3d Christmas Tree Ornaments and don't forget to share with me on social media. Sign up to the newsletter and pop back here to learn how to make more decorations out of 99c Make-up pads. 

Happy Crafting!

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