My mom was the 'den mother' once for my brother's boy scouts. She made these at a meeting one night. I thought she was amazing! I would have her make many more of these over the years.
Roll up the long side of a newspaper sheet and tape it closed.
Cut fringes in one side.
Reach inside the fringed end and pull out the center - this will make the tree spiral up. The fringes become leaves that you can curl - pleat - or decorate with paper flowers and birds.