Making Christmas crafts together is a great holiday family activity that is both inexpensive and fun. Besides making a craft project that will add Christmas cheer to your home or make a wonderful Christmas gift for a loved one, you’ll also be making priceless Christmas memories that both parents and children will treasure for many Christmases to come. Here are three easy Christmas tree-themed crafts that kids will enjoy making this Christmas.
Christmas Tree Yarn Scrap Ornament
This Christmas tree ornament is a great way to incorporate the idea of “reduce, reuse, and recycle” into Christmas. Another great feature of this Christmas tree-themed craft project is that each Christmas tree is unique. This craft project can be messy, so it’s a good idea for kids to wear a smock and to keep a wet wash cloth nearby to wipe off sticky hands.
To make this Christmas tree yarn scrap ornament, you’ll need:
buttons, beads, sequins, thin ribbon, or rick-rack (for “ornaments”)
brown pipe cleaner (for “trunk”), if desired
thin red or gold metallic ribbon for hanging the ornament
Here’s how to make a Christmas tree yarn scrap ornament:
Lay a piece of wax paper down on the work surface.
Have the kids cut pieces of the green yarn in assorted lengths. Lay the pieces of yarn out on the work surface to be sure there’s enough pieces to make a Christmas tree design.
Pour some craft glue in a small bowl. Have the kids dip the pieces of yarn in the craft glue, making sure each piece is completely covered with glue. Squeeze the excess craft glue out so that the yarn is not dripping.
Help the kids place pieces of glued yarn onto the wax paper, forming the outline of the Christmas tree first (basically, you’ll be making a triangle). Then allow the kids to overlap the other pieces of yarn over each other until they’re satisfied with their Christmas tree. Allow the Christmas tree ornament to dry overnight.
After the Christmas tree has dried, loosen it from the wax paper.
Now the kids can use craft glue to add buttons, beads, sequins, thin ribbon, or rick-rack as ornaments. Allow the Christmas tree to dry.
If the kids would like to attach a “trunk” to the Christmas tree yarn scrap ornament, cut an appropriately sized piece of the brown pipe cleaner, shape it into a squared-off “U”, and attach the upper ends of the trunk to the bottom of the Christmas tree yarn scrap ornament. Glue the ends with craft glue for extra security, if desired.
Cut an appropriately-sized piece of ribbon to make a hanger for the yarn scrap ornament and help the kids attach the hanger to their Christmas tree yarn scrap ornament.
The Christmas tree yarn scrap ornament is finished! Let the kids find a prominent place on the Christmas tree to display their special craft project.
Styrofoam Christmas Tree Craft
This styrofoam Christmas tree craft project is appealing to kids because of the variety of textures and materials that are used.
To make this Styrofoam Christmas Tree Craft, you’ll need:
a styrofoam cone
a piece of corrugated cardboard
green tissue paper
yellow craft paint
beads, sequins, rick-rack, or other small items for Christmas tree “ornaments”
wooden dowel (small)
a foam disposable paint brush
Here’s how to make this Styrofoam Christmas Tree Craft:
Help the kids draw a star on the corrugated cardboard and cut it out. Paint the star yellow and set aside to dry.
Let the kids use glue to put gold glitter onto the star, if desired.
Let the kids rip the green tissue paper into small pieces and crumble slightly. Next, they can use the foam paintbrush to “paint” the styrofoam cone with craft glue. Have the kids press the tissue paper into the craft glue until the entire “Christmas tree” is covered.
After the tissue paper has dried a bit, let the kids glue the beads, sequins, or rick-rack “ornaments” to the Christmas tree.
Cut or break the dowel in half. Apply some craft glue to one end of the dowel and push this half of the dowel into the corrugated star. Push the other part of the dowel into the top of the Christmas tree.
The Christmas tree is done! Allow the kids to choose a prominent place to display their craft project.
Christmas Tree Puzzle Piece Ornament
Here’s another great Christmas tree-themed craft project that lets kids “reduce, reuse, and recycle”. Almost every household with kids has puzzles that are missing pieces and can’t be used anymore. This fun Christmas craft project for kids helps the remaining puzzle pieces find a new life.
To make this Christmas Tree Puzzle Piece Ornament craft project, you’ll need:
old puzzle pieces
green and brown craft paint
buttons, sequins, beads, yarn, rick-rack, or other small objects for Christmas tree “ornaments”
clear acrylic spray (optional)
Here’s how to make this Christmas Tree Puzzle Piece Ornament craft project:
Start off by having the kids paint the puzzle pieces. They will need a number of green puzzle pieces to make the Christmas tree and one brown piece to make the tree trunk. Let the paint dry.
Have the kids lay out several green pieces and the one brown piece to make the base of the Christmas tree. Basically, they will be forming a triangle with a brown “trunk” at the base.
Next, the kids should glue more of the green puzzle pieces on top of the Christmas tree base. The pieces should be glues so that they touch at least two pieces on the base of the Christmas tree. Allow the glue to dry.
Once the glue is dry, have the kids turn their Christmas tree over and add more glue where the pieces join together in order to make it a little stronger. If desired, give the Christmas tree a protective coating of clear acrylic spray after the glue has dried (this is a job for an adult only).
Have the kids decorate their Christmas tree puzzle piece ornament with buttons, sequins, beads, yarn, rick-rack, or other small objects. Allow the glue to dry, then cut a piece of ribbon about 8 inches in length, fold it in half to form a hanging loop, and help the kids glue the ends to the top back of their Christmas tree.
Once glue is dry, allow the kids to choose a place on the Christmas tree to hang their own little Christmas tree ornament!