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‘Tis the season to be jolly : 5 Craft Ideas for your Christmas Tree

Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree! A forest of Christmas trees is the perfect way to get that festive feeling – and these ones will keep little hands busy too. Make them from plain coloured paper, or from patterned scrapbooking paper for a fancier look – either way, we warn you – they’re a little bit addictive!

 

Christmas tree ornaments

What you’ll need
  • 1 x sheet scrapbooking paper
  • Hole punch
  • String
  • Glue
  • 1 x green popsicle stick
  • Star punch
  • 1 x sheet coloured paper

 

Step-by-step instructions

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  • Taking the scrapbooking paper by its short edge, fold the paper back and forth in 1/2 cm increments for the length of the paper.
  • Punch a hole through each fold of paper at one end so that all the holes line up.
  • Double the string over and thread through the holes.
  • Loop the string through itself and secure with a knot so that the paper becomes a tree shape.
  • Glue the popsicle stick to the back of the fan to become the trunk of the tree. Allow to dry.
  • Using the star punch, create a star from the coloured paper and glue to the top of the Christmas tree.

 

 

Chalkboard Paint CD Ornaments

What you’ll need
  • Old CDs
  • Chalkboard paint – Black
  • White Liquid Chalk Marker
  • White Permanent marker [ optional]
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Paint Brush

 

Step-by-step instructions

 

CD

 

  • Take your CD and start painting on the shiny side with black chalkboard paint. Cover this side completely and then move on to the next side.
  • Add another coat of paint if necessary. Don’t worry if it looks too shiny, the paint will turn matte on drying. Make sure there are no blank or uneven spaces.
  • Leave the CDs to dry for at least two hours.
  • Using a permanent white marker, draw a design along the border. Use a chalk marker if you don’t want it to be permanent. That way you can change the designs on the CD depending upon the season. Here, I’ve opted for a simple dash pattern.
  • You can repeat the pattern around the center if you like. Decorate the CDs with other Christmas motifs like tiny snowflakes. Thread a red ribbon through the center and tie it, leaving enough room to hang the CD.
  • You can leave the CDs as they are, or write a greeting on it. You can also add names if you’re planning to give it as a personalized gift. Or you could try embellishments like paper cutouts.
  • Your Chalkboard paint CD ornaments are ready! Hang them up on the tree, or under a shelf – anywhere you please!

 

 

Paper Plate Angel

What you’ll need
  • Paper Plate
  • Scissors
  • Gold glitter
  • Paper
  • Gold sparkly pipe cleaner
  • Tape/Glue
  • Sharpie/Pink Crayon

 

Step-by-step instructions

 

paper plate

 

  • Start by cutting a deep triangle out of a white paper plate.
  • Put lines of glue all around the plate and shake gold glitter on it.
  • Cut out the angel’s face, then add facial features, hair and the hands.
  • Bend a gold pipe cleaner to look like a halo and tape it to the back of the head.
  • It’s easiest to tape the bottom part of the plate on.
  • Add some rosy pink cheeks and you’re done!

 

 

Pasta Noodle Christmas Macaroni Craft

What you’ll need
  •  Fusilli Noodles (or any other long noodle like a penne could work too)
  • Macaroni Noodles
  • Small gold glitter stickers
  • Clear glue – we like this one also for gluing macaroni as it’s stronger and more durable
  • White cardstock
  • Acrylic paint – green, white, red & gold is what we used but also tempera or kids paint would work too

 

Step-by-step instructions

 

PASTA

 

  • This pasta noodle macaroni craft is pretty simple to make! We alternated the fusilli noodles and the macaroni noodles to make the Christmas tree. The macaroni noodles are meant to be the garland on the tree so you can alternate these going up and down to look like it’s a wavy garland.
  • First you can make your small cards with white cardstock. Just fold over and cut to the size you’d like.
  • Now start designing your Christmas Tree! We easily broke off a piece of the gold fusilli noodle to make as the tree trunk. Then you start adding your green fusilli noodles starting at the bottom of the tree and working your way up. We did 3, then 3 or 2, 2, 1, 1, and 1 with each piece and length being a little smaller.
  • Glue each piece and be generous with the glue – if you’re not using this glue then you’ll want to make sure you have enough for it to stick the noodle to the cardstock.
  • You can easily break the dried pasta fusilli noodles to make it the size you need.  You can even make the tree much larger and turn it into a piece of art!
  • Kids can have fun just gluing on the colored pasta noodles to paper too! Make these into cards or glue them onto some cardstock on top of cardboard and make christmas ornaments out of them!

 

 

Toilet Roll Reindeer Ornament

What you’ll need
  • toilet roll tubes (or paper towel rolls, wrapping paper rolls etc.)
  • brown wallpaper samples (you could use sand paper or brown paint)
  • brown pipe cleaners
  • red artificial berries or red pom poms,buttons etc.
  • googly eyes
  • glue

 

Step-by-step instructions

 

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  • We cut our toilet rolls in half and covered them with a brown wall paper sample.  Alternatively, you could paint yours toilet roll  or cover it with a piece of brown felt or sandpaper)
  • Then I poked a hole in each side of the top of the tube for the hooligans to slide their pipe cleaner “antlers” through.
  • For the noses, we used some artificial berries that were on a wire. We poked that wire through a hole in the front of the tube, and bent the wire inside the tube, to hold the nose in place.
  • Then we glued our eyes in place, and attached a ribbon for hanging

 

 

Did you try an interesting craft idea this Christmas? Tell us in the comments below

 

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