Paper Christmas Tree

This fun and easy Christmas tree craft is a shapes-and-size learning activity for young tots. It may also be modified into a group or class art activity where kids get to create and decorate a bigger paper tree together.

Safety Tips

  • Young kids (3 to 8 years) should use child-safe scissors.
  • Wash hands thorougly after using glitter.
  • Watch out for this sign Ask for an adult's help. It means adult help is needed for the particular step.
Paper Christmas Tree craft

Materials

  • Construction paper or craft foam
    (green, brown, white)
  • Poster paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Glitter, glitter glue, puffy paint, sequins, small punched-out shapes (use craft punches)

Steps

Step 1 Paper Christmas Tree Ask for an adult's help1. Cut 3 to 4 triangles of increasing size from green construction paper or craft foam. You may also use felt paper or corrugated paper for a more novel texture. Little kids may need help in cutting these (relatively) big shapes.
Step 2 Paper Christmas Tree 2. Cut a rectangular shape from brown construction paper for the tree's base (or trunk).
Step 3 Paper Christmas Tree 3. Glue the triangles together to form a Christmas tree, with the largest triangle at the base and the smallest on top.
Step 4 Paper Christmas Tree 4. Flip the tree over and glue the brown rectangle at the base to make a trunk for your Christmas tree.
Step 5 Paper Christmas Tree 5. For the tree's trimmings, cut out circles, bows, stars, candy canes, and other shapes from different colors of construction paper.

You can also print, color and cut out these Christmas tree ornaments and Christmas printables.
Step 6a Paper Christmas Tree 6. There are endless ways to decorate these shape trimmings:

a.) A no-fuss way is to draw designs on them with crayons or oil pastels. Metallic crayons can do wonders, if you have them.
Step 6b Paper Christmas Tree b.) Make glittery trimmings by applying glue on the entire shape and then sprinkling with glitter. I like using a paint brush to spread the glue and glitter- it's less messy and avoids getting the glitter all over you.
Step 6c Paper Christmas Tree c.) Use glue and glitter to make stripes or other patterns on the shapes.
Step 6d Paper Christmas Tree d.) Finer and detailed glittery designs can be better achieved with glitter glue (they usually come in nozzled squeeze bottles).
Step 6e Paper Christmas Tree e.) Combine a variety of decorative materials like beads, small buttons, ribbons, sequins, small punched out shapes (use a craft punch), and gem-style stickers.
Step 7 Paper Christmas Tree 7. Allow your Christmas trimmings to dry thoroughly (glittery glue would take an hour or two to dry) before gluing them onto the paper tree.

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