Craft Stick Christmas Tree
|Make a three dimensional Christmas tree by cutting out and gluing four paper Christmas tree shapes around a craft stick.|
- Small materials like buttons, beads, or pompoms are choking hazards. These are not suitable for kids below the age of three.
|1.||Gather four sheets of paper together. Green is the traditional Christmas tree color but you can also use other colors like white, silver, gold, or pastel shades.|
|2.||Fold the gathered sheets in the middle and draw half a Christmas tree along the folded edge.|
|3.||While keeping the folded edge in place, cut out the Christmas tree. If you are using card stock or if you have difficulty cutting through all 4 sheets of paper, cut out the trees individually or by pairs. To ensure that all 4 trees are identical, use the first tree as a pattern for making the rest of the Christmas trees.|
|4.||Open up the folded pieces to reveal four identical Christmas trees.
*Instead of doing Steps 1 to 3, you may print out any of these Christmas tree templates. Color the trees and cut them out. Don't forget to fold each tree in the middle.
|5.||Decorate the inner surface of each tree by doing one or both of the following:
a.) Drawing or Painting
|6.||When your trees have dried, crease the middle of each tree again to emphasize the fold. Attach trees in pairs by gluing together half of their undecorated outer surfaces.|
|7.||Glue a craft stick along the middle of one of the paper tree pairs. If you want a colored tree trunk, you may paint the craft stick beforehand.|
|8.||Glue both paper tree pairs together, with the craft stick sandwiched between them. You now have a four-cornered Christmas tree.|
|9.||Make a Christmas tree pot with any of these materials:
(a & b) Bottle caps
(c) Tea light tins
(d) Paper cup (paint and trim to the desired height)
(e) Self-hardening clay shaped into small pots
(f) Small glass jars or cups
(g) Others (Not in photo): candy tins, yoghurt cups, small basket
Fill the pot with sand, clay, salt dough, a piece of Styrofoam or any anchoring material. Gently plant the craft stick trunk into the pot.
|10.||Add some accents to the pot if you like. You can glue a ribbon around it or put some stickers. Additionally, you may cover the dough or Styrofoam filler with a thin layer of sand, confetti or glitter.|
|11.||Finally, glue a star at the top of your Christmas tree. You may cut your own or go for ready-made fabric stars, sequins, beads or craft foam stars.|