I can’t believe it is already December; the time just keeps flying by. My family and I started a new tradition last year of cutting down our own Christmas tree. When we got it home I started thinking how fun it is to have a real tree and as I was looking at it I had an idea. I try to let my kids paint with many different items to get different patterns and designs so we decided to use part of our Christmas tree to paint with and were able to make Christmas tree painted ornaments. You don’t need many supplies for this craft and it turned out so neat and the kids had a blast.
- Small pieces of a Christmas Tree (mine were about 6-8 inches long) to use like a paint brush
- Paint (I used teal, red, green and purple but you can use any color you like)
- Paper Plates (to put the paint on)
- White Cardstock
- Pencil – always remember to write your kid’s name on it and date it
- Hole Punch
- Ribbon or String
- Laminator (Optional)
- Laminating Pouches (Optional)
Once you have gathered all of your supplies you are ready to go.
I had my kids paint on my kitchen floor because I knew it would be easy to clean and the rest of my house was a disaster so it really was the best place to do it. I would definitely suggest putting something under the paper your children are painting on, it could be an easy to clean floor or table or a cheap tablecloth.
Once everything was set up I had my kids paint, using the Christmas tree like a brush, one at a time and just kind of let them go at it. My five year old took her time and worked on it for a while, my two year old was able to do it by himself and was entertained for a little bit and my one year old was able to do it but needed assistance. Every kid will do it a little bit different; my niece wiped the piece of Christmas tree back on forth on the page, whereas most of the kids just smacked it onto the paper.
Once my kids painted as much as they wanted I let the pages dry completely. I found some ornament outlines and traced and cut ornaments out of the page (make sure to write your child’s name and date on each ornament).
I then chose to use my laminator and laminated the ornaments and cut them out again, but you don’t have to do this part if you choose not to I just thought it would make them last longer. The final step is to hole punch a hole and tie some ribbon onto them.
I love the way these turned out. We are going to use some on our tree and some we might send to Grandparents. I was also thinking that it would be kind of cool to attach a magnet to the back of some of them and use them as magnets every year (haven’t tried this yet but I might)
My kids loved this craft and it was so fun to be able to use our Christmas tree to make it. I hope you try this with your kids too and make some great memories like we did. Let me know in the comments what your kids thought about it.
If you are looking for another fun craft to do with your kids this Christmas check out this post that includes 7 different crafts and activities including this one.
Until next time, keep creating memories with your kids.