Christmas songs have begun to play on the radio and suddenly it hits you; Christmas is coming, and soon. Even with all the chaos that the holiday season brings, you can still find the time to make a few Christmas tree decorations that, coincidently, are shaped like Christmas trees. Making little paper Christmas trees and decorating them is a fun and easy way to customize and decorate not only your tree, but also a Christmas village scene and even your door knobs! You only need a few items and if you have a child, you most likely have almost everything you need to complete this project already at home.
Materials Needed Include:
Green paper (preferably construction paper)
Froot Loops (optional)
Markers, crayons, or colored pencils
Hole puncher (or anything comparable
Ribbon, yarn, or string
I recommend starting with green construction paper, but in a pinch your child can simply use printer paper and color it green. Next, use a stencil and trace your Christmas tree. You or your child can also choose to free-hand the tree shape. Once you cut the tree out, the fun really begins. Your child can now let his or her creative juices flow and begin to decorate the paper tree. He or she can decide whether to use markers, crayons, or colored pencils to draw on decorations. For a three dimensional tree you’ll need some glue and colored cereal such as Froot Loops or any comparable cereal. If you have Lucky Charms, consider using the mini marshmallows to jazz up your tree. Your child can also use spray glitter or regular glitter to add some sparkle. Paint could potentially be used, however, paint can get pretty messy and also takes a while to dry.
After your child decorates his or her little tree, make a hole at the very top. Make sure the hole isn’t too close to the edge, otherwise the paper may tear if put under stress. Next you’ll want to make a loop with your string, yarn, or ribbon and tie it off. I actually suggest using ribbon since you can curl the ends to create a nice effect. Once that is done, all that is left is to find a way to use the trees. You and your child can make multiple trees to hang all over your Christmas tree. Another idea is to use the mini paper Christmas trees as door knob hangers. If you include Christmas stockings in your holiday celebrations, consider having each owner of a stocking make a Christmas tree and put their name on it (creatively of course) and you can use them to identify whose stocking is whose.