A few weeks/month ago, I stumbled on a paper craft site that had a paper evergreen tree design, designed to be printed and cut on one of those automatic doo-dads (yes, doo-dad). The pieces were then assembled - the automatic cutting doo-dad presumably makes the pieces uniform so the edges match up.
The result is something like my Seussian trees, but with a much simpler assembly.
Then, a serendipitous acquisition of a discounted pack of shades of green cardstock at Michael's set the plans in motion: i would use my mechanical cutting doo-dad, i.e. scissors, and attempt to replicate the idea.
Just what I wanted!
What the above picture shows is 3 different trees, made by three different methods. And I have tried many more. I'm not uber-concerned with ratty, not perfectly aligned edges (from wargaming distance they aren't noticeable) but I am looking for a faster method to make each tree, so I can really crank them out.
As an aside, the great downfall of the craft foam Seussian trees is how long they take to assemble.
One method I hit upon, that seems to work well is illustrated below:
Here is a real-life example:
At first my plan was to use it as a simple triangle, no "boughs."
If this was a mid-century modern wargaming setup, maybe that would be fine, but to me it looked like a paper airplane on end.
So, a few snips of the mechanical cutting doo-dad and voila!
They mix in well with my craft foam trees, so I haven't lost that effort. At minimum, I'm shooting for a dozen trees, but two dozen is probably ideal.
At 1-2 sheets of cardstock, depending on the width, I can make something like 50-100 trees, at a cost of $0.03 usd to $0.06 usd, per tree!