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Christmas Tree Stair Decoration

Add holiday cheer to an unexpected place this season. This staircase Christmas tree decoration also serves as the perfect backdrop for taking family photos.

Christmas Tree Stair Decoration

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

A few hours

Estimated Cost


Tools & Materials


  • Tape measure
  • Straightedge
  • Carpenter’s square
  • Painter’s tape
  • Scissors


  • White shelf liner, #297531
  • 50-ft x 3-ft paper floor protection, #434618

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Step 1

Choose how many stair risers (the vertical section between steps) you’d like the tree to cover, including a riser at the top for the star and one at the bottom for the trunk. To measure the “height” of the tree portion, measure the height from one step up to the next and multiply by the number of steps.

Step 2

Unroll enough of the paper to draw the tree shape full size and tape it down on a long, flat surface. Draw a centered line the length of the paper. Measure the height of the tree and mark the centerline for the tree top and bottom. Use a carpenter’s square to draw the bottom line across the paper.

Good to Know

If the stairs are narrower than the paper width, mark the bottom line equal distances from the center to indicate the tree width.

Step 3

Draw two angled lines connecting the base line to the mark on the centerline to create the tree shape.

Step 4

At the bottom line of the tree design, measure up the height of a stair riser minus any moulding as shown on the Tree Pattern Layout Guide. Mark a line parallel to the bottom line. Then measure the height of the stair tread and moulding above the first one. Mark the centerline that distance from the second line, draw a line perpendicular to the center line, and lightly shade this narrow strip. Repeat for the remaining stair risers until you reach the tip of the tree.

Step 5

Cut out the tree stair sections, discarding the small gap sections. Trace onto white shelf liner and cut out the shelf liner sections.

Step 6

To create the base, unroll about 2 feet of paper floor protection on a flat surface. Mark a centerline and an intersecting baseline at one end like you did for the tree. Measure the height of the stair riser and mark another line on the paper. Make the width of the base at its top equal to about half the width of the tree at its bottom. Make the angle of the base sides steeper than the angle of tree.

Step 7

Cut out the base pattern and trace it onto white shelf liner. Then cut out the base.

Step 8

To create the star, draw your own version or use our Stair Tree Star Pattern. You may need to resize the pattern to fit the stair height.

Step 9

Find the center of each stair and make a light pencil mark on the riser. Center the base, each strip of the tree shape, and the star using the pencil marks as guides, and then press the shelf liner in place.

Good to Know

The shelf liner will stick better on a clean, dry surface. Vacuum or dust each stair (including the riser) before sticking the liner pieces in place.