Christmas trees are one of the most recognizable icons of the holiday season – and incorporating it into a holiday craft project for kids is a must! Christmas craft projects for kids can turn into a messy disaster if you pick the wrong project. Here are three simple, non-messy Christmas tree themed craft projects for kids of any age.
Easy Kids Christmas Tree Craft Idea #1: Christmas Tree Advent Calendar
What You’ll Need:
Contact Paper (or a lamination device, if available)
This is a simple craft that children of any age will enjoy for the entire holiday season. First, using a large piece of green construction paper, draw a Christmas tree shape and cut out using scissors. Take a piece of brown construction paper and cut out a square to represent the trunk. Glue the pieces together. Then, place clear contact paper on each side of the tree. This “laminates” the tree in plastic so you can reuse the tree year after year. Smooth the contact paper and cut the tree out.
Then, using various colors of construction paper, use a cookie cutter or the bottom of a soup can to trace out circle shapes to represent ornaments. You will need 24 circles representing each day of December – make sure not to make the circles too big, as 24 of them will need to fit on the tree! Cut the shapes out and give each circle a number, 1 to 24. If desired, use contact paper to protect each ornament.
Using yellow construction paper, trace a star shape and cut it out. This will be the decoration added on December 25th.
During each day of December, have your child add the correct ornament to the tree, starting at the bottom right.
Easy Kids Christmas Tree Craft Idea #2 Stand-Up Christmas Tree
What You’ll Need
Green construction paper
Glitter (or glitter glue, if you think your children will make a mess with the glitter)
Gold star stickers
This is a very simple craft project suitable for young children. Using green construction paper, draw the outline of a Christmas tree and cut it out (older children can draw and cut out the tree themselves, but if you have younger children, you should do this for them).
Have children draw ornaments or garland with the glue and sprinkle different colors of glitter on top of the glue before it dries. Glitter can be very messy, especially with young children, so you might want to invest in some glitter glue to cut down on the mess. Top the tree with a gold star sticker.
After the glue dries, tap the paper trees over a garbage can to dust off excess glitter. Then, fold the trees in half to make them stand up. Decorate your fireplace mantle, a shelf, or a table to show off your kids’ creations!
Easy Kids Christmas Tree Craft Idea #3 No-Bake Edible Christmas Trees
What You’ll Need
A bag of mini M&Ms for baking
This is an easy, no-bake (and edible!) Christmas tree craft project with virtually no clean-up! Place sugar cones upside down on a large sheet of wax paper. Have children cover the cones with green frosting. You can use pre-colored green frosting in a tube from the store, or you can buy vanilla frosting in a tub and color with green food coloring. Use the mini M&M’ s to decorate the trees. While you can use many different candies, I find that Mini M&Ms for Baking works best, as they’re small enough and come in a variety of colors.
Prepare this a few hours in advance of your holiday celebration and arrange the trees on a decorative plate – and voila – you have your table centerpiece!
These no-mess, easy Christmas tree craft projects are a great way to get your kids in the holiday spirit and create wonderful, lifelong memories…and the best part is, your memories won’t be tainted by a messy cleanup!